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The Bronx Institute Receives a $260,000 Grant

June 20, 2011

The Bronx Institute at Lehman College is expanding its ENLACE program for college-bound Latinos, thanks to a new influx of funds from three foundations. ENLACE, which stands for Engaging Latino Communities for Education, has garnered generous support from the Edwin Gould Foundation ($25,000); New York Life Foundation ($100,000); and the Toyota USA Foundation ($135,000).The grants will enable a group of seventh- through eleventh-grade students to pursue the two-year program.

"The Institute is very grateful for the support of these foundations," said Professor Herminio Martinez (Middle and High School Education), executive director of the Bronx Institute. "Each passing year of student achievement, innovative teaching, and fundraising success is further evidence that ENLACE's educational model is both sound and replicable."

Established in 2001, ENLACE at Lehman College is a unique program in New York City's public education system. Seventh-grade students from across the Bronx are invited to apply for the rigorous two-year program, based on recommendations from their school principals. After evaluations by Bronx Institute faculty, students are admitted into the program and receive year-round, advanced instruction in math and science, and gain access to paid internships and summer-study opportunities at renowned research institutions and universities.

Classes are taught by Lehman faculty and held on the College's campus, giving students an opportunity to experience college life. Families attend workshops to learn about researching and choosing a high school and a college appropriate to their child's interests. Professional organizations, such as Princeton Review or Kaplan, provide New York State Regents and SAT test preparation; the average SAT score for the most recent graduating class was 1610.

This fall, graduating ENLACE students will attend some of the best colleges in the nation, including various CUNY colleges, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wesleyan University, Cornell University, Boston College, Syracuse University, SUNY at Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY at Buffalo, and SUNY Oswego.