Fig Factor Foundation Educational Resources

The formula for Success is Information + Experience.  The first step to obtaining information and experience is through education.

It is critical for Latinas to not only finish high school but to pursue higher education including Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in order to compete in today’s marketplace.  In addition, lack of education is one of the major contributors to poverty.  Education leads to economic empowerment in every aspect.

The statistics provided in the following report by The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics are factual and dismal.  However, they can serve as a driving inspiration for Latinas to forge ahead and excel.  It is very enlightening and encouraging that the report states that “Latinas are the linchpin for the next generation (6).”

The report also contains a wealth of informational sources at the end.

The increasing educational costs and educational loans can be a deterrent.  However, there are BILLIONS of dollars available in scholarships, grants, essay awards, etc.  These monies are competitive and require time to apply for; however, they will provide the great benefit of having your education funded.  Being a Latina gives you two competitive edges from the start: female and ethnicity.


The first step is having a competitive grade point average (GPA), therefore be a diligent student and start studying NOW!

Second, choose your educational institution wisely.  Each school has multi-million dollar endowment funds for scholarships based on need and disciplines.  They are looking for students who are a good investment, ergo the GPA.  These scholarships may also be set aside for particular disciplines.  A popular one today is STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The money is at the school!  When you request financial aid information from the school, specify scholarships and grants, otherwise, you will immediately be directed to loans.

Third, become an avid scholarship hunter.

You can get priceless, yet free guidance from the award-winning, best-selling and expert husband and wife team, Gen and Kelly Tanabe.  They were accepted into every school they applied to and were awarded over $100,000 in merit-based scholarships.  Their website is and they personally offer a merit-based scholarship (see details at):

You can get their books at the public library or on Amazon for a reasonable rate:

Get Into Any College

Get Free Cash for College: Secrets to Winning Scholarships

How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay

The Ultimate Scholarship Book: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants, and Prizes

       TIP for using the Ultimate Scholarship Book: select your research by state, discipline, ethnicity and gender.

You can also find more books online and at the library.

Not an “A” Student, how about: America’s Best Colleges for B Students and don’t forget the Community Colleges.  There are great benefits to attending a Community College and Chicagoland has some of the best in the country.


Chicago Community Colleges:

Additional Online Resources:

How to Write Award Winning Scholarship Essays

Essay Scholarships More than $11 Billion in Scholarships!essay-scholarship-contest–html/cfvg

$10,000 Scholarship $2,000 to $20,000 Scholarships $1,000 Scholarship

Other Sources:

Forefront ( is an association that specializes in the nonprofit sector.  However, they have a specialized library with valuable online databases of an immense variety of funding.  It is open to the public and they are extremely helpful.  They are located at 208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1540, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Crowdfunding is a method of raising capital through the collective effort of friends, family, customers, and individual investors.  Please note that there are a variety of crowdfunding platforms and that you will need to spearhead and drive your campaign.

Get all the details at:

Example: A great Kickstarter Coaching Program is offered by Acción Chicago.  In this case, projects must fit within one of these categories: Art, Comics, Crafts, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film & Video, Food, Games, Journalism, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, or Theater.  For more details:

Fourth, consult with those who have gone before you!

  • Talk to your advisors, mentors and coaches
  • Make appointments and visit the schools
  • Choose your discipline as your life project
  • Network wisely
  • Connect with like-minded individuals (run from the naysayers)

Fifth, once in college, you must FOCUS and study!  It is good to establish healthy relationships and engage in extracurricular activities, but make sure they are adding value to your life and do not let them override the priority of your education.

Last, but certainly not least, have faith and belief in yourself.  Read inspiring books such as autobiographies, self-improvement books, and persevere to discover your God-given potential and Unleash the Amazing YOU!

My GIFTS to you:

The Laws of Success by Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Master Key System by Charles Haanel

The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy

And we will see you at the top.” Zig Ziglar

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