Skyview High students to attend CofI on new scholarship
2007. 08. 27.
CALDWELL – Skyview High graduates Nancy Cortes and Daisy Correa will attend Albertson College of Idaho (ACI) this fall on a new scholarship for Latino students.
The scholarship, donated by an anonymous benefactor, provides Nancy and Daisy with $20,000 for four years. The purpose of the new scholarship is to promote the educational development of Latino students in the state of Idaho who attend ACI. This year, there were 25 applicants.
"It felt like winning the lottery," said Nancy, 18, who will major in psychology at ACI. "I am so thankful. There are no words to explain how I felt."
Daisy, 18, who will major in biology, said she had hoped to attend ACI, but wasn't sure how she was going to pay for it. Tuition to CofI for the 2007-08 school year is $17,000.
"This is a great opportunity to follow my dreams and be what I want to be," she said.
The women learned about the scholarship when they attended a youth conference for Latino students at ACI. They credit Arnold Hernandez, CofI director of diversity affairs, with encouraging them to consider ACI.
ACI President Bob Hoover said the College is looking at several ways to provide opportunities for Latino students to attend ACI. In addition to this new scholarship, CofI received a $25,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The money will provide 25 $1,000 scholarships to low-income Hispanic students in Southwest Idaho.
In addition, CofI will host its annual Taste of Harvest festival in October, which is a scholarship fundraiser for the children of migrant workers.
"This college has been an important part of the Canyon County community for more than 100 years," Hoover said. "Canyon County has one of the fastest growing populations of Hispanic students in Idaho. It's important that we find ways to support them and encourage their growth and success."
Canyon County currently has a Hispanic population of 20.3 percent, compared to 7.6 percent statewide and 14.4 percent nationwide.
Nancy and Daisy graduated at the top of their senior class at Skyview and have been involved in school, community and church activities, including National Honor Society and the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO). Both are looking forward to the next four years at ACI.
"It's a whole new experience of maturity and independence," Daisy said. "I like that it's a small college. I didn't want to go to a huge school."
"I'm coming for the whole experience – I enjoy learning," Nancy said. "This is a stage of my life I have been looking forward to since I was a little girl. It turned out the way I wanted it to, or even better."