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This year’s theme “Dare to Dream” holds much significance for first-generation Latino students whose dreams have been threatened by the COVID-19 crisis. This pandemic has highlighted the critical urgency of our mission as its impact on health, employment, and economic security has been most severe for Latino and Black communities and those without a college education. Through it all, Latino U Scholars continue to persevere and courageously pursue their dreams.


Let's stand together through challenging times and commit to making a difference in the lives of others.


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Founder’s Award

Dr. Ray Sanchez
Superintendent, Ossining Union Free School District

Corporate Partner


Univision New York
Accepted by: Roberto Yañez

President & General Manager, Univision Local Media

Community Advocate

Camille Cunningham
LUCA Volunteer & Former Board Member

Event Chairs & Committee

Event Chairs

Shawn Edwards & Paulina Ribadeneyra

Benefit Committee

Wendy Aglietti

Carlos & Lisa Almodovar

Mark Ellman & Nancy Lieberman

Carrie Kaplan

Lydia Kris

Rafael & Martha Palomino

Clara & Antonio Roman

Debbie & David Shiffman

Dalia Valdes

Linda Press Wolfe

Linda Zeltner

Dare to Dream

When Scholars join us in junior year of high school and say, “I’m going to become the first person in my family to graduate from college,” that’s a daring dream. At LUCA, we dare to dream of a world where educational equity and opportunity are accessible to all.

How do you dare to dream?​ Share your dream – for yourself, for our Scholars, or for the world.

Share Your Most Daring Dream

Event Sponsors

Dream Sponsor


Star Sponsors

Camille Cunningham & Edward Levin

Shawn Edwards & Paulina Ribadeneyra

LUCA Board of Directors - Executive Committee
Lisa Bell, Al Gutierrez, Jane Matluck, Stephen Moroney

Ossining Union Free School District

Univision New York

Strive Sponsors



S&P Global

Sculptor Capital Management

Matthew & Maureen Searles

Aspire Sponsors

Building and Land Technology

Carlos & Lisa Almodovar


Events to Remember

HealthCare Royalty Partners

Hispanic Federation

Open Door Family Medical Centers

Dalia Valdes

Listing as of 10/27/2020



About LUCA

Founded in 2012, Latino U College Access (LUCA) is a nonprofit organization that transforms lives by making college dreams a reality for students who are the first in their families to attend college. LUCA guides first-gen students through individualized coaching and culturally relevant programming as they navigate higher education to successfully enroll in schools that meet their financial and academic needs, enabling them to graduate on time and career ready.

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COVID-19 has negatively impacted the lives of millions around the world but especially and disproportionately the Latino community. For our young scholars, the toll has been significant. They are scared and worried about the sustainability and health of their families; ​many are doubting if their college dreams will become a reality. Our families are hard-working, humble, and facing many challenges in terms of their ongoing employment, health, and security. LUCA remains committed to supporting our students and families through these uncertain times, because together we know that we are stronger. We see them, hear them, and believe in them. They are not alone, and LUCA strives to be a beacon of light during these dark times.

Despite the multifaceted challenges LUCA faced this year, our small but mighty team transformed all our programming to be delivered virtually; as a result, we are proud to report that ​our mission and services continued without any interruption this year​.

Our Focus Areas

College Access

The ​Latino U Scholars​ program provides intensive, individualized mentoring to students from the end of junior year through senior year of high school by sharing resources and supporting students through the complexities of college admissions and financial aid.
College Success & Career Readiness

The ​First Gen Forward​ (FGF) program provides comprehensive support to Latino U Scholars once they enroll in college to ensure they graduate on-time and career ready.
Community Information Sessions​

Culturally-relevant, Spanish language presentations on topics including ​Pathways to College​, ​Applying to College​, and ​Paying for College​ delivered at partner high school with over 50% Hispanic student populations.
Financial Aid Support

Through school-wide ​FAFSA Boot Camps​ and individualized workshops, trained volunteers assist families with submitting critical applications for federal, state, and institutional aid. Students also receive support deciphering financial aid award letters to assess their best options.

Board of Directors

Lisa M. Bell
US Bank

Patricia Bogoya-Bravo 

Shirley Acevedo Buontempo 
Latino U College Access, Founder & CEO

Shawn Edwards 
Bloomberg LP

Al Gutierrez
Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

Christine Louvet 
Louvet Consulting

Laura Martinez 
Morgan Stanley

Jane Matluck
Community Volunteer

Stephen Moroney
Vice Chairman 
TD Bank

Aldo J. Polak 
Cisneros Group

Clara Román 
Houlihan Lawrence

Matthew Searles 
Merritt Healthcare Holdings, LLC

Scott Silverstein 
Yolo Candy

Rodrigo Trelles Zabala 
UBS O’Connor

Dalia Valdés
Julia B Fee Sotheby’s