Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars

Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars (WLDS) is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1994. A Worcester educator, Edwin Hernandez, recognized the need to encourage the pursuit of higher education by Latino students and provide financial assistance.

In its 24-year history, the Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars has provided more than $434,300 to 845 Latino Students from Central Massachusetts. The foundation has earned affiliation with Scholarship America's Dollars for Scholars Program and has attracted over 100 Volunteer leaders.

Our Mission

Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars encourages post high school education and recognition of the importance education plays in the full development of human potential. In addition, WLDS works to develop community support and provide professional Latino role models.

Our Philosophy

WLDS believes that education is the cornerstone of a rewarding and fulfilling life. Latino students can achieve academic success with the active support of family and community. As a community, Latinos applaud educational achievement and rewards student's efforts, leadership, and accomplishments.

Our Achievements

WLDS has helped over 800 students attend colleges, universities, and professional schools.  Additionally, WLDS has  achieved community recognition and support. The greater Worcester business, professional, civic and academic communities have provided financial support, are actively engaged as selection committee members and are united in support of Latino education.  

  • WLDS has achieved 501(c)(3) Charitable Status in Worcester, Massachusetts.
  • Recognized by Worcester Casa Cultural Dominicana
  • Cited by the Commission for Latino Education in Worcester
  • Scholarship recipients have studied or graduated from the following institutions:

o   Assumption College

o   Brown University

o   Boston College

o   Dartmouth College

o   Harvard University

o   College of the Holy Cross

o   Worcester Polytechnic Institute

o   Clark University

o   Worcester State University

o   University of Massachusetts

o   Quinsigamond Community College

o   Becker College

o   Yale University

o   Massachusetts Institute of Technology

o   Framingham State University

And many more...

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