Seventy (70) Latinos of Tomorrow (LOT) students from area high schools and community colleges were welcomed to UMKC by Kevin Truman, Dean of UMKC’s School of Computing and Engineering on March 3, 2012. Emphasizing the importance of post-secondary education to achieve professional and personal goals, Dean Truman talked with the students and their families about UMKC’s student centered environment, broad range of academic programs including several professional programs and how our urban environment has fostered and embraced student diversity.
LOT is a youth program of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative which provides college preparation and retention programs that are integrated with academic opportunities, community service and fundraising opportunities. Every member is required to serve on one of the LOT Committees—Education; Fundraising; Programming; Outreach, etc. UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences is proud to be the community host for LOT’s ScholarshipFest program, helping students understand college planning, admission and scholarship processes and timelines. This is the sixth ScholarshipFest for LOT members. Students attending the ScholarshipFest and Essay/Resume/Financial Literacy Workshops complete the year with an average of $8,600 in scholarship funding from private sources in addition to the post-secondary automatic financial aid awarded students who meet application deadlines with the appropriate merit and need.