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5 North Carolina Counties

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Over $1 Million


New Applicants


Almost 30 years ago, a small group of women from Spanish-speaking countries  formed an organization in Charlotte to help young Latinos gain critical access to higher education and careers. LAWA continues to provide scholarships through a competitive process based on academic achievement, financial need and community service. A volunteer committee consisting of college and university faculty, area educators and former LAWA Scholars conducts "blind reviews” of every application without knowledge of student names or personal information. LAWA thanks these educators and our sponsors for their dedication to this impactful program! 




Scholarship Applications are now closed

 notifications will be sent via email in LATe may

*For questions please email

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Belmont Abbey College (new), Johnson C. Smith University, Queens University of Charlotte, South Piedmont Community College, Carolina University, and Wingate University have partnered with LAWA for over five years to support Latino students! 


These universities match LAWA scholarships for students enrolled in their programs. The public display of collaborative support towards the Latino student's tuition promotes community building and higher education access. 

*Matching dollars depend from institution to institution*

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Congratulations to our 2022 LAWA Scholars

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Hear from our scholars...

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“I have recently been awarded the Marand Builders Scholarship and I just wanted to say thank you! I am grateful for this scholarship and I am so happy that this will be used to further my education. I really enjoyed all the workshops and volunteer opportunities I attended throughout this year. LAWA has been a huge help for me throughout my college application process…Thank you again!”

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“Thanks to Bank of America for supporting my education and self-development through your generous scholarship. Having sufficient funds to study abroad has been one of the best and most educational experiences of my life. I am excited to finish my senior year of college and face everything that comes next.”

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“I first wanted to express my sincere gratitude to LAWA as their organization continues to support my dreams of higher education at Queens University of Charlotte. I am overjoyed and honored to have received an Alumni Scholarship and be a renewing LAWA scholar. Not only is LAWA an organization that provides scholarships for students like me, who strive for higher education, but it is also a resource and a community that shares ongoing tools and support; and for that I am also grateful to LAWA. Once again, I know that with LAWA’s generosity, and the support from my family and community, I will be able to achieve my goals and aspirations. Thank you.”

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“I want to thank everyone and anyone involved within the LAWA community. I am sincerely grateful to have been selected as one of the recipients for this scholarship. This award will aid me in the process of furthering my educational needs. I hope to one day give back to my community as y’all have helped me now. Again, I sincerely appreciate this award.”


LAWA Scholarship Recipients throughout the years...

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