ACT’s commitment to advancing and celebrating equity, access, and opportunity for all is embedded in our DNA. More than 60 years ago, ACT’s founders believed that our signature standardized college admissions test would broaden access to college for underrepresented students and help diversify college campuses. This foresight is now ACT’s mission—a vision to help more people learn, measure their progress, and improve their navigation through life’s transitions.
Latino Student Success
One way that we’ve delivered on our mission is by showing up and working alongside the Latino student population and its advocates. For many years, ACT has been identifying and addressing key challenges to Latino student success in education and working to ensure that all Latino students have equitable opportunities to thrive. It’s an honor and a privilege to celebrate the collaborations that make progress possible.
We know that we cannot do this work alone. That’s why ACT collaborates across the Latino community and with organizations that work in direct service to Latino students, educators, and institutions. We know that the Latino population is rapidly growing. Their success is our success. Join me in celebrating three such relationships with organizations that have been instrumental in their service to Latino students and their success: The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) is developing an exemplary cadre of K–12 superintendents and administrators who are highly prepared to lead districts toward equity, excellence, and achievement for all students, with an emphasis on marginalized students. Excelencia in Education (Excelencia) is accelerating Latino success in higher education—and mobilizing, supporting, and recognizing higher education institutions that intentionally serve Latino students and demonstrate positive outcomes. Univision is engaging Latino students, families, and communities with back-to-school campaigns, education fairs, parent workshops, videos, vignettes, and social media engagement to promote the importance of college and provide expertise and resources to help students to get there. We are very proud to support, collaborate with, and learn from ALAS, Excelencia, and Univision. They share ACT’s lived value of helping all people achieve education and workplace success. We have much more to do—and we are eager to work alongside other organizations and leaders like these.
More than a decade ago, as part of ACT’s 50th anniversary celebration, ACT established the ACT Scholars Program, a pair of endowments to nurture the academic talent of graduate and community college students at the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College. These two institutions share ACT’s passion for helping all students achieve their ambitions in college and their careers. ACT emphasized scholarships for students from populations for which the cost of higher education could have presented a significant barrier to college access and accomplishments.
To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the ACT Scholars Program, we contacted current and former ACT Scholars to learn how the full-tuition scholarships and perquisites affected their lives. From their inspiring stories, it’s clear that ACT’s $7 million investment ($5 million to the University of Iowa and $2 million to Kirkwood Community College) has enriched the college experience for the vast majority of the nearly 150 ACT Scholars to date. Explore the brief and infographic below, and learn more about their stories of success.
Watch the webinar celebrating the impact of the ACT Scholars program and the success of its recipients.