Compas Peer Mentor/Ambassador Program
Latino Success Fund
Your gift to the Latino Success Fund assists our peer mentoring services specifically aimed at the Latino student population at UofL. This program allows Compas Peer Mentor/Ambassadors to serve all incoming first-year, first-time degree seeking freshmen and transfer students from Hispanic/Latino backgrounds. Compas represent the Cultural Center’s Hispanic Latino Initiatives with recruitment, retention, and community outreach. This peer mentor program is essential to the student success initiatives in the Cultural Center.
The Louisville Tango Festival Scholarship
The Louisville Tango Festival Scholarship is available to full-time and part-time Latino/a/x and Hispanic students pursuing a degree in any major at the University of Louisville. Preference for this scholarship is given to students who have been active in Latino & Hispanic arts or community groups. The Louisville Tango Festival awards this scholarship one time per year and this year we are joining with the Annual Day of Giving to raise funds for the endowment of the scholarship. This will allow us to make the scholarship available on an annual basis.
The Sagar Patagundi Alumni Scholarship for DACA and Undocumented Students
Established by alumnus Brian Buford (College of Education and Human Development, 1990), the Sagar Patagundi Scholarship will be awarded to subsidize the cost of higher education at the University of Louisville for undergraduate DACA and undocumented students. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by funds available at the time the awards are granted, and will be managed by the director of the Hispanic/Latino Initiatives Office (HLSI) at the University of Louisville.
About the namesake: Sagar Patagundi came to the United States when he was 11 years old with his family. They all entered the country legally, but his father was eventually denied a green card after his application was pending for 11 years and was forced to return to their native country, India. Later his mother returned as well, leaving Sagar and his two brothers alone in the United States to pursue their dream of a college education. Sagar enrolled at U of L and became a key figure in the immigrant rights movement, founding a student organization called FIRE (Fighting for Immigrants Rights and Equality) and speaking nationally about the issues that undocumented students face. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2014 with BA in Communication and continues to work as an advocate for social change with the ACLU of Kentucky and other local organizations.
African American Alumni Council
The council seeks to strengthen the bond between the university and the African American community; create and promote community service opportunities; help advocate for and mentor students; and work collaboratively to develop networking and engagement opportunities. Your support will help the Council offer unique programming that helps us achieve our goals and promote diversity and inclusion initiatives for all UofL students, faculty, staff, and alumni. You may also choose to support the AAAC Scholarship.
Black Diamond Choir
The Black Diamond Choir is a one hour credit course offered at the University of Louisville each semester listed as Music 109 (optional). Organized in 1969, the student gospel group has been singing and sharing the "Good News" locally and in various locations within Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia. Your gift will support the choir with performance travel, programming, recruitment, on-campus and local community events, and expenses for student not covered by aid received.
The Cultural Center Gift Fund
The Porter Scholarship program is the largest scholarship organization at the University of Louisville. Named after a former university trustee, the late Woodford R. Porter Sr., the scholarship program was created in 1984. The mission and purpose are to provide academic, personal and professional support and to all recipients of this scholarship. Your support will help the program aid students with expenses not covered by the scholarship including books, study abroad opportunities, personal/professional development, and other needs that will help students persist and graduate.
African American Male Initiative (AAMI)
The African American Male Initiative at the University of Louisville seeks to increase the retention, graduation, engagement and overall success of African American males by addressing various scholastic and social challenges, through academic engagement, mentoring, peer connection, and student involvement. Your gift to AAMI will provide resources that allow the program to support students with financial need and programming to enhance the experience of UofL’ s Black male students.