Foundation establishes Hispanic/Latino scholarship
Foundation has made a $1 million gift to Boston College to establish
and endow the Goizueta Foundation Scholars Fund to provide need-based
scholarship assistance annually to Hispanic/Latino students.
Established in 1992 by Roberto C. Goizueta, the Goizueta Foundation
focuses its philanthropy on educational and charitable institutions.
Goizueta was chairman of the board of directors and chief executive
officer of the Coca-Cola Company until his death in October 1997.
"Need-based scholarships like those made possible by the Goizueta
Foundation send a powerful message to deserving students that it
is possible to attend and achieve success at a national private
university such as Boston College," said Robert Lay, dean of enrollment
management at Boston College. Currently 5 percent of BC students
Boston College has worked at increasing the number of AHANA (African-American,
Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) students enrolled at the University.
The Goizueta Foundation scholarship will bolster this effort and
is one in a growing number of initiatives to support AHANA enrollment
and scholarship at Boston College.
The University's AHANA student retention rate has risen from 17
percent to 80 percent over the past two decades. Director of AHANA
Student Programs Donald Brown credits this rise to BC's ability
to provide key services such as academic advisement, tutoring, personal
counseling, academic performance monitoring, career advisement,
and comprehensive financial aid.
Special programs, such as the Benjamin E. Mays Mentoring Program,
which pairs AHANA freshmen with faculty mentors, and the Gospel
Caravan, which provides transportation to Sunday morning worship
services in the Boston area, contribute to the high AHANA student
"The Goizueta Foundation affords a wonderful opportunity to prepare
Latino students for positions of authority and responsibility in
the workplace," said Brown. "Latinos are underrepresented in virtually
every institution in our society. This scholarship fund will help
ensure that Latino graduates are present in the teaching profession,
the legal arena, the medical field, and virtually every other professional
arena of our society."