The U.S. Department of Education has awarded National Louis a $3.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant and a $1.2 million TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Grant.
The HSI Grant is a Department of Education grant which assists schools in expanding educational opportunities for Hispanic students. NLU received it in conjunction with Morton College in west suburban Cicero, Illinois, for Project CREST (CoenRollmEnt for Stem), a partnership project with the goal of increasing Hispanic enrollment and graduation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related programs.
Specifically, NLU will enhance recruitment of the underrepresented Hispanic population in Chicago, Cicero, and the surrounding communities into technology-related programs.
This funding will also equip NLU with resources to establish Computer Information Sciences (CIS) programming. That contributes to NLU’s mission commitments of building new professional programming and serving underrepresented populations.
The second grant, a TRIO Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) Grant, is designed to provide individuals with information and counseling about getting into college or a postsecondary institution and continuing until graduation.
The grant will enable NLU to create partnerships with community-based organizations in an effort to provide first-generation students with appropriate counseling and resources so that they may be admitted, graduate and succeed.
Together with partners El Valor, Enlace Chicago, La Casa and the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council, NLU will work to increase access to higher education for minority students and veterans. Work will include academic advice, assistance in completing IHE admission/FAFSA applications, guidance on high school re-entry and GED, tutoring sessions, and financial literacy and career workshops.
These two grants, which are very competitive, demonstrate NLU’s growing credibility as an institution that is committed to creating educational equity and opportunity for all individuals regardless of their circumstances.