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Latino Resources is a 501(c) (3) charitable nonprofit organization based in Evanston, Illinois. We are growing future leaders in the Latinx community of Northern Cook County through college completion, civic engagement, and community building. Since 2014, Latino Resources has supported 26 hard-working college students with nearly $30,000 in scholarships.

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Meet the 2021 Scholarship Recipients

“The Latino Resources Scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my degree.”

Camila Renteria, 2021 Scholarship Recipient
Camila Renteria, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2021 Latino Resources University Scholarship ($1,500)

“Hello! My name is Camila Renteria and I am nineteen years old. I am a freshman at UIUC [University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign] and I am majoring in Elementary Education and minoring in Spanish.

“As a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, I was raised with the notion that my education is what’s most important, and I want to learn how to provide others with a good education that helps them learn about themselves and others around them.

“The Latino Resources Scholarship has provided me with the opportunity to pursue my degree. Though I knew I wanted to go to college, the idea of not being able to afford it was very stressful. Thanks to Latino Resources I have found some relief.”


“I was nervous thinking how I will pay for my education and how hard [it] will be, but now I feel positive and super excited to be a student again.”

Ely Lemus, 2021 Scholarship Recipient
Ely Lemus, Oakton Community College

2021 Latino Resources Community College Scholarship ($600)

Ely is a 36-year-old mother of three beautiful children and a wife. She is studying to become a teacher for young children with special needs. Ely earned her GED in 2007, but at the time she “didn’t have the opportunity to start a career because I have so many barriers.”

Ely says that this scholarship helped her with her “first step” in going to college and she was “nervous thinking how I will pay for my education and how hard [it] will be, but now I feel positive and super excited to be a student again.”


“This scholarship has helped me so much, it gave me the ability to take classes without having to work extra hours to pay for it.”

Paula Castro, 2021 Scholarship Recipient
Paola Castro, Oakton Community College

2021 Latino Resources Community College Scholarship ($600)

“My name is Paola Castro, I am a first-generation immigrant. I am also the first person in my family to go to college. I am getting my Associates in Liberal Arts and I want to transfer and get my bachelor’s in social work.

“The way I feel about college is bittersweet, I love learning and going to classes but sometimes it feels I am not going to finish. I keep going because I want to make myself and my family proud. This scholarship has helped me so much, it gave me the ability to take classes without having to work extra hours to pay for it.”


“I am what a 21st century Latinx leader looks like.”

Fabiola Lara
Fabiola Lara, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

2021 Latino Resources University Scholarship ($1,500)

Fabiola is a first-year student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and also received the UIUC President’s Award Scholarship.

In her essay about 21st century Latinx leadership, Fabiola writes, “I am proud of my roots, culture, religion, and family because they have shaped me into the young woman that I am today. Being a Latina is a huge part of my identity and it has an influence on how I carry myself through this world. I am what a 21st century Latinx leader looks like.”