Gateway Scholarship Program
The New America Alliance Gateway Program is another aspect of our members’ and allies’ commitment to advancing the socioeconomic trajectory of Latinos. The Gateway program seeks to help exemplary students pursue their post-secondary education with the financial assistance of our scholarships.
Our scholarship recipients are primarily of Latino heritage and are awarded as needed and as deserved. Gateway funds are given directly to students and may be used for tuition or non-tuition needs; typical range is from $2,500 to $5,000. Students eligible to receive a Gateway Scholarship must be a past Pathway Fellow and continue to show academic merit as well as personal excellence.
As Latinos Go, So Does Our Country Latino Demographic Fast Facts
Latinos as a population in the United States is large and growing. According to Pew Research, from 2000 to 2010, the Latino population grew by 43%, and accounted for 56% of the nation’s growth. By 2016, they were 18% of the population which made them the largest minority in the United States. In 2021, Latinos are 18.5% of the population and are projected to be roughly 30% by 2050.
Growth in the Latino population has been accompanied by a growth in the Latino student population. From 1996 to 2016, the number of Latino students enrolled in schools, colleges and universities in the United States doubled from 8.8 million to 17.9 million. Latino students now make up 22.7% of all people enrolled in school. College and university students went from 8.0%to 19.1% from 1996 to 2016, according to the US Census. Specific to college and university education level, Latino students went from 8.0% to 19.1% from 1996 to 2016, according to the US Census.
Increased school attendance rates have also contributed to the growth in overall percent of students enrolled in schools. According to the US Census Bureau, from 1996 to 2006, at ages 20 to 21, the gains were 26.4% points for Latinos and 9.1% points for non-Latinos. At 22 to 24 years, the gains were 9.1% and 3.3% points, respectively.
Despite the many positive trends detailed above, there are still gaps separating Latinos from other groups in overall education, and Latinos still lag other groups in obtaining a four-year degree. According to Pew Research, as of 2014, among Latinos ages 25 to 29, just 15% of Latinos have a bachelor’s degree or higher. By comparison, among the same age group, about 41% of Whites have a bachelor’s degree or higher (as do 22% of African Americans and 63% of Asians).
The reality is that economic factors remain an obstacle to college enrollment. For those students that attend college or university, an NAA Gateway Scholarship will help recipients acquire essential academics needs beyond simple tuition.