CICF News / 2010 / July / News Post
July 21, 2010
Largest Indiana Latino Scholarship Fundraiser, July 29, Indiana Roof Ballroom

Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund (ILSF) will hold its 3rd Annual Latino Scholarship Fund Dinner sponsored by USA Funds with keynote speaker, Frank Alvarez, president and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, on July 29, 2010, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, IN. Supporters are hailing this event as the largest Latino fund raising event in assisting talented Latino high school students attend higher educational institutes. In addition to their lead sponsorship, USA Funds, President, Carl Dalstrom announced, “…that for the first $50,000 raised in donations at the dinner, USA Funds would match that amount in a grant of $50,000 to be given to the scholarship fund directly.”

This year’s dinner is entitled “Florezcamos,” meaning “Let’s bloom together.” The keynote speaker for this dinner is Frank Alvarez, president and CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund who will be addressing the importance of providing higher educational opportunities to Latino students. Additional speakers for the evening will be Carl C. Dalstrom, President and CEO of USA Funds and Brian Payne, President of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation. Individual tickets are available for $150 and sponsorships are available. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, please contact Amy Bodine at the Central Indiana Community Foundation at 317-634-2423, ext. 555 or view the ILSF Facebook Page at, Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund.

Over the last two years, the Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund Alliance has raised more than $300,000 through the support of Indiana corporations, foundations and private donations. Expectations for this year’s fund raising event are even higher as the Latino student population increases the need for more scholarships grow. The Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund helps students focus on their individual success and aids as a financial incentive for students to graduate in order to provide more opportunities to them for a better future.

About Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund

The Indiana Latino Scholarship Fund (ILSF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded out of the desire and need to provide talented Latino high school students with scholarships, enabling them to attend higher education institutions. In the Spring of 2008, the fund was formed with six (6) auxiliary organizations: Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Indiana Latino Institute (ILI), La Plaza, Mexican Scholarship Fund, National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA), Sociedad de Amigos de Colombia (SADCO), and USA Funds. By creating a fund that would support key Latino community-based organizations that already provide scholarships to Latino students, the combined efforts and resources for fund-raising would naturally generate a larger pool of funds, resulting in more financial opportunities through awarded scholarships for Indiana’s top Latino students.

About USA Funds

USA Funds is a non-profit corporation that works to enhance postsecondary education preparedness, access and success by providing and supporting financial and other valued services. USA Funds links colleges, universities, private career schools, private lenders, students and parents to promote financial access to higher learning. Established in Indianapolis in 1960 to help families finance rising college costs, USA Funds has grown to become the nation's largest guarantor of loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan Program, the largest federal source of financial aid for higher education.