Georgia Tech, one of the largest producers of Hispanic/Latino engineers in the country increases recruitment and retention of Hispanic/Latino students efforts; courtesy of a new $2.285 million gift from The Goizueta Foundation.

Since an initial $4.25 million grant in 2001, which, among other things, helped the school set up permanent scholarship and fellowship endowments, Tech has seen a 125 percent increase in Hispanic student enrollments.

Increasing the endowments for scholarships and fellowships to $4 million the new gift will allow Tech to almost double the number of scholarships and fellowships– currently 32 students receive the award.

“In the early ’80s, when I was a student, there were no opportunities that I knew of for scholarships, grants or any kind of financial help targeted towards Hispanic/Latino students,” said Jorge Breton, program director for The Goizueta Foundation Programs at Georgia Tech.

The scholarships and fellowships are open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are Hispanic/Latino, said Breton, including students of Portuguese and Brazilian descent.