Montreat College and Latin Americans Working for Achievement (LAWA) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that solidifies their commitment to advancing Latino student access to higher education. This collaboration focuses on the continuation and enhancement of LAWA’s college readiness training program, the High School Series, which plays a pivotal role in supporting local youth in pursuing undergraduate studies.

Montreat President Paul J. Maurer and Ana Silva Rey, LAWA’s Executive Director, celebrate their agreement with a handshake.

LAWA is a non-profit organization that supports education equity, higher education access, and advancement in the quality of life of Latino families in the Charlotte metro region. LAWA’s scholarship program has supported higher education access since 1992. Under the new agreement, students receiving a LAWA scholarship receive matching funds equivalent up to 50% of annual tuition costs at Montreat College, providing deserving students with an opportunity to thrive academically and personally.

“The partnership between Montreat College and LAWA is an extension of the richly diverse community at Montreat College, which is rooted in our belief in the value and dignity of all people,” Paul J. Maurer, President of Montreat College, said. “We know that education has the power to transform lives, and through programs like the High School Series, we are actively working to expand our reach.”

LAWA’s Executive Director, Ana Silva Rey, also expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration.

“I am very appreciative of the partnership and trust of Montreat College,” Rey said. “Together, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of Latino students, opening doors to higher education and ultimately shaping the future of our community.”