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Latino Success & Leadership

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) is committed to educating the University of North Georgia (UNG) community about the history and cultural of Latino/Hispanic people. In addition, MSA seeks to develop Latino/Hispanic leaders to serve the local community and beyond.

MSA and the coordinator for Multicultural Student Affairs and Latino Success prepares students for leadership and service by planning, developing, and implementing programs that:

  • develop oral and written communication skills, creative and critical thinking and intercultural competence;
  • promote an understanding and appreciation of various cultures;
  • develop specific knowledge and skills needed for the pursuit of professional careers and/or graduate study; and
  • help develop character by encouraging self-confidence, inclusivity, ethical behavior, academic excellence and a commitment to social justice.
Scholarships Programs

Goizueta Latino Scholarship Program

The application window for the Goizueta Latino Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year is now open. The deadline for applications is May 31. Interviews will be conducted throughout June. The application form is available here and on UNG Connect.

Purpose
To encourage Latino/Hispanic students to enroll and complete their undergraduate degrees at the University of North Georgia and to support the academic progression and leadership development of Latino/Hispanic students to lead within their community.

Eligibility Requirements
Student must be:

  • Enrolled full time (12+ hours) during a fall and/or spring semester at a UNG campus.
  • Of Latino or Hispanic heritage.
  • In good standing (academic and conduct) with the university.

Both new and returning students are encouraged to apply for a scholarship, regardless of immigration status.

Goizueta Scholarship Descriptions

  • Goizueta Endowment Scholar ($500 for the year)
    The Goizueta Endowment Scholarship is intended to encourage Latino/Hispanic students to pursue an undergraduate degree at UNG. In addition to the eligibility requirements, recipients are expected to:
    • Maintain a 2.5 GPA.
    • Attend the Student Leadership conference in the fall (or an alternate activity approved by the coordinator).
    • Meet with the coordinator of Latino Outreach and Leadership at least twice per semester to discuss academic performance. 
    • Be a member of the Latino Student Association (LSA).
    • Attend the monthly Goizueta Scholar meeting. This meeting is focused on planning the community service project, and providing a support system for the scholar.
    • Attend a minimum of three campus events per semester, at least one of them being an MSA event. 
  • Goizueta Latino Legacy Scholar ($1,500 for the year)
    The Goizueta Latino Legacy Scholarship is intended to inspire Latino/Hispanic students to discover their leadership potential. In addition to the eligibility requirements, recipients are expected to:
    • Maintain a 2.8 GPA.
    • Attend the Student Leadership conference in the fall (or an alternate activity approved by the coordinator).
    • Meet with the coordinator of Latino outreach and leadership at least twice per semester to discuss academic performance. 
    • Be a member of the Latino Student Association (LSA).
    • Attend the monthly Goizueta Scholar meeting. This meeting is focused on planning the community service project, and providing a support system for the scholar.
    • Attend a minimum of six campus events per semester, at least one of them being an MSA event. 
    • Implement one diversity/community project each semester approved by the Coordinator of Latino outreach and leadership.
  • Goizueta Latino Leadership Scholar  ($2,500 for the year) 
    The Goizueta Latino Leadership Scholarship is intended to reward Latino/Hispanic students who pursue leadership opportunities either on campus or in their community. Due to the very nature of this scholarship, priority will be given to students with proven leadership experience, community involvement, and proven academic success at UNG. In addition to the eligibility requirements, recipients are expected to:
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
    • Attend the Student Leadership conference in the fall (or an alternate activity approved by the coordinator).
    • Meet with the coordinator of Latino outreach and leadership at least twice per semester to discuss academic performance and progress towards community project. 
    • Be a member of the Latino Student Association (LSA).
    • Plan and coordinate the monthly Goizueta Scholar meeting. This meeting is focused on planning the community service project, and providing a support system for the scholar.
    • Attend a minimum of six campus events per semester, at least one of them being an MSA event. 
    • Lead and coordinate one diversity/community project each semester approved by the coordinator of Latino outreach and leadership.
    • Submit a conference presentation proposal for the Student Leadership Conference. This may be done as a group.

Selection Process
Students who are interested in one of the Goizueta scholarships should fill out this online application, which includes an essay. Students have the opportunity to apply for one or more of the Goizueta scholarships, but they will only be awarded one. Students should identify the scholarship(s) they are applying for on their essay. Please note your application will not be complete without an essay, and will therefore not be reviewed.

The essay should be written in English, with an extension of approximately 500 words. It should address the following main ideas:

  • The importance of your education. 
  • The impact a scholarship would have on you, your family, and the university.
  • Your ability to enrich campus life at the University of North Georgia.
  • Examples of previous leadership experience (in school or in the community).

Finalists will be interviewed by a committee.

Scholarship selections will be made based on a rubric that accounts for students’ GPA, financial need, essay, and interview. Applicants will receive a score out of 100 points, broken down as follows:

  • GPA (20 points)*
  • Essay (30 points)
  • Interview (30 points)
  • Financial Need (20 points)

Scholarship Disbursement

The funds for each scholarship will be split between fall and spring semesters as follows:

Fall Semester Spring Semester Total
Goizueta Endowment Scholar $250 $250 $500
Goizueta Latino Legacy Scholar $750 $750 $1,500
Goizueta Latino Leadership Scholar $1,250 $1,250 $2,500

If a student does not meet their obligations during the fall semester, he or she will not receive the rest of the scholarship for the spring semester. Students in this situation may appeal to the director of Multicultural Student Affairs.
The Goizueta scholarships provide funds for one academic year. Students are invited to reapply each year to be awarded the scholarship.

Please remember that only complete applications will be reviewed. If you do not answer all the questions or do not submit your essay, you application will not be considered.

Timeline

  • The applications window for new freshmen and current students opens on April 17, 2017.                     
  • The application deadline is May 31, 2017.
  • Interviews will be conducted throughout June 2017, so make sure to check your email for your scheduled appointment.
  • Goizueta Latino Scholarship selections will be announced by July 15, 2017.

If you have any questions, feel free to email Mr. Alba: mario.alba@ung.edu 

UNG Latino Student Association (LSA)

Join Us at Our Weekly Meetings!

Every Wednesday at Noon, Gainesville Campus, Ballroom B

About & Mission

To encourage its members to become leaders by promoting the Hispanic culture as a source of empowerment through socialization, education, and leadership. LSA emphasizes diversity in order to nurture, guide, and support the Latino youth.

Description

The Latino Student Association has hosted many successful events that have become traditions of the college. Starting with the celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month, LSA hosts events such as the Salsa Contest, The Day of the Dead, Taste of Latin America, and its newest tradition the Black and WhiteGala.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 LSA Officers!

Itzel Garfias as President.
Santa Hernandez as Vice President.
Beatriz Martinez as Chief Information Officer
Henry Orellana as Chief Financial Officer
Lana Goitia as Vice President of Outreach
Bryan Herrera as Vice President of Event Management
Roany Casas as Vice president of Membership
Liliana Esqueda as Vice president of Public Relations

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