The U.S. Army renewed its commitment to working with its longtime partner, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), to provide students with the educational and financial resources needed to pursue and complete their higher education goals.
The partnership allows the Army to work directly with students, teachers and school officials, providing them with information about the educational programs and resources available through the Army, both at the high school and collegiate level.
Recent national studies have highlighted the significant gains in Hispanics’ high school graduation rates, college admissions rates and the number of Hispanics earning two-year and four-year college degrees. However, the number of Hispanics earning college degrees continues to lag far behind other demographics.
Across the country, 51 percent of Hispanic students who enroll in college complete their bachelor’s degree within six years, compared to 59 percent of white students.
To better prepare high school students for the challenges of college life, the Army and HACU have developed a program that offers students the chance to visit college campuses – in many cases for the first time – to learn about the resources available to them.