Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers free bilingual college prep workshop

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There’s only one day left to register for a free bilingual workshop aimed at helping Hispanic students prepare, plan and pay for college.

Officials say this is the first time this national organization will be in New Mexico to help parents and students get their hands on valuable scholarships.

About 67 percent of students within Albuquerque are Hispanic and many of those students will be first-generation college goers. That is why officials say it’s crucial for parents to take advantage of this workshop.

“We have a lot of students that are first-generation college goers and their parents sometimes don’t understand the process of applying to college. I think this is vital for them to get that experience and information,” said Madelyn Serna Marmol, Assistant Superintendent of Equity Instruction and Support.

On March 21, representatives from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund will be hosting “College 101” at Albuquerque High.

It’s a free, bilingual, two-hour workshop for high school students and their families.

During the two hours, HSF officials will go through the necessary steps to plan for a college education, including how to apply for scholarships and how to research financial aid opportunities. 

The sessions are simultaneously in English and Spanish so that students or parents who may not feel comfortable enough with English can attend a Spanish session instead. 

APS officials say that this is such valuable information that they’re opening up the workshop to all students throughout New Mexico.

“It’s not just for Albuquerque Public Schools students but we’ve invited school districts. I did a radius from Grants to Santa Fe from Vaughn down to Socorro. So far we’ve had confirmation from Belen schools, Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, and Cuba. We are really excited to host all the surrounding school districts,” said Marmol.

The last day to register is this Friday, March 16.

The workshop will be capped at 500 people. So far they have almost 400 people signed up.

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