Founded in 2013 by Leonor Blum, an Argentine immigrant and Professor Emerita at Notre Dame of Maryland University, the program began with 12 sophomores and has added a new sophomore cohort each fall. Now in its fourth year, the program serves nearly 30 students, having had its inaugural cohort graduate in June of 2016.
¡Adelante Latina! helps to bridge the gap for its students by helping them overcome the socio-cultural, economic and academic barriers they face in pursuing a college career.
The program serves underprivileged and promising girls in Baltimore City public high schools who maintain at least a 3.0 average in their classes, demonstrate competency in English, ambition, leadership potential, a supportive home environment and a passion for learning. Our students come from households where Spanish is spoken and are therefore at a disadvantage when taking standardized college placement tests which evaluate reading comprehension and vocabulary skills.
The goal of ¡Adelante Latina! is for all participants to be accepted into either a 2-year community college or a 4-year college or university with adequate financial support. Each student who participates in the program for all three years and who enrolls in college will receive a one year $3,000 scholarship.