Georgia State University receives multi-million dollar gift from The Goizueta Foundation to develop Latino leaders

The $4.998 million gift will enable GSU to recruit, retain and graduate Latino students and prepare them as global leaders

Georgia State University has announced a $4.998 million gift from The Goizueta Foundation to recruit, retain and graduate Latino students and prepare them as global leaders.

The award will create the Latino Leadership Pipeline (LLP), in which 100 promising Latino high school students will each receive $10,000 annual scholarships, academic support for college and internships designed to launch them as successful business and community leaders. As part of this award, the students will give back to the community through service learning and mentoring the pipeline’s next generation of Latino leaders.

The Goizueta Foundation gift reflects the GSU’s commitment to educating an increasingly diverse population. Latinos represent the fastest growing student population in U.S. colleges, according to the Education Trust. In Georgia, GSU leads all universities in Latino student enrollment.  The graduation rates for GSU’s Latino students have improved dramatically from 38 percent in 2000 to 59 percent in 2010.

“We value the longstanding relationship with The Goizueta Foundation and are extremely grateful for their continued support,” said Georgia State President Mark Becker. “This award will help us accomplish our goal of establishing a national model for undergraduate education where students from all backgrounds achieve academic and career success at high rates.”

GSU has already proven the success of each element of the Latino Leadership Pipeline. The Latino Freshman Learning Communities are groups of 25 freshmen students who meet for academic and social support. In their sophomore and junior years at GSU, the scholars help Latino high school students prepare for college and also tutor GSU undergraduates who are struggling academically. As seniors, each scholar will receive internship and service-learning assignments, providing experiences in the professional world while giving back to their local communities.

This gift is the third and largest grant The Goizueta Foundation has made to GSU focused on Latino student success. Past gifts totaling more than $2.5 million have established The Goizueta Foundation Scholarship Endowment and Latino Freshman Learning Communities, provided need-based scholarships to Latino students, and created the Latino Leadership Initiative.

The gift will help further GSU’s commitment to students, said Timothy Renick, GSU’s associate provost for academic programs.

“We share The Goizueta Foundation’s commitment to Latino students and the Latino community, and we are proud to partner with them on this exciting and innovative initiative.”

—Contact Joseph M. Piffaretti, Senior Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations, (404) 413-3415

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The Goizueta Foundation
The purpose of The Goizueta Foundation is to assist organizations that empower individuals and families through educational opportunities to improve the quality of their lives.

Georgia State University
Georgia State University is the Southeast’s leading urban research institution. It is on the list of the top 100 public universities for doctoral degrees awarded. More than 250 degree programs with 100 fields of study are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. Students may enroll in day or evening classes and in part-time or full-time study.