Kirk Whisler

BOOK TITLE: The National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory, Your Source For $900 Million To Make The College Dream Attainable “I know how much effort has gone into this Directory – and how much it offers to each of you. I hope you’ll make good use of the Directory in achieving your college goals.” Edward James Olmos, actor/director
“College changed my life in so many ways. It was important for me to understand the theoretical view of things. I was a public administration/public policy major and it was great to learn the theory and history behind issues. The second thing college taught me was how to research things. Not just how to use facts and figures, but rather the process of learning. When I came to the USA, not speaking a word of English, what I learned was that I wasn’t dumb, I just had not learned the language. What college taught me was how to learn the languages of government and banking.” Maria Contreras Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration
“College got my life in order. It changed my life entirely. Teachers and coaches took time to help me. All I wanted to do was to be somebody and to make a difference in this world – and it took college for me to find that path. My tribe funded a little of my college expenses, but most came through student loans. My wife and I paid student loans until we were in our mid forties. It was hard, but the results were worth it a million times over.” Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Chair, National Indian Gaming Association, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
“General Motors is proud to support this Directory and hope you find it useful in pursuing your dreams of a higher education. Remember, the success of this nation is dependent on you and your accomplishments. ¡Adelante!” – Alma L. Guajardo-Crossley, General Motors Company
“The best scholarship book ever because it offers both detailed scholarship info and deals with so many other things you need to know about college – and beyond.” Ambassador Julian Nava, retired. Julian was the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico who was of Mexican ancestry.
“A college education is one of the keys to success. I know you will find this Directory to be a great resource in achieving your dreams and success.“ Honorable Delia Garcia, Former Kansas State House Representative; Senior Liaison, National Education Association
“I think going to college has helped my children a lot because they have a better life than I did growing up. They are the beneficiaries of all the suffering I went through and all the things I had to pass up on when I was studying at night for college and thinking everyone else was out having a good time. Now my kids go to a great school. They have health insurance. They have everything they need because I went to college.” Heather Levi, Association of American Indian Physicians, Southern Cheyenne and Kiowa Tribes of Oklahoma
“The National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory provides an expansive resource that will be of benefit to any organization invested in the cause of advancing student success in higher education. The electronic database contained on the DVD is a great tool for finding specific funding for students with a multitude of financial needs.” Dr. Antonio Flores, President, Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.
. . “I know how much effort has gone into this Directory – and how much it offers to each of you. I hope you’ll make good use of the Directory in achieving your college goals.” Edward James Olmos, actor/director
“College changed my life in so many ways. It was important for me to understand the theoretical view of things. I was a public administration/public policy major and it was great to learn the theory and history behind issues. The second thing college taught me was how to research things. Not just how to use facts and figures, but rather the process of learning. When I came to the USA, not speaking a word of English, what I learned was that I wasn’t dumb, I just had not learned the language. What college taught me was how to learn the languages of government and banking.” Maria Contreras Sweet, Administrator of the Small Business Administration
“College got my life in order. It changed my life entirely. Teachers and coaches took time to help me. All I wanted to do was to be somebody and to make a difference in this world – and it took college for me to find that path. My tribe funded a little of my college expenses, but most came through student loans. My wife and I paid student loans until we were in our mid forties. It was hard, but the results were worth it a million times over.” Ernest L. Stevens, Jr., Chair, National Indian Gaming Association, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
“General Motors is proud to support this Directory and hope you find it useful in pursuing your dreams of a higher education. Remember, the success of this nation is dependent on you and your accomplishments. ¡Adelante!” – Alma L. Guajardo-Crossley, General Motors Company
“The best scholarship book ever because it offers both detailed scholarship info and deals with so many other things you need to know about college – and beyond.” Ambassador Julian Nava, retired. Julian was the first U.S. Ambassador to Mexico who was of Mexican ancestry.
“A college education is one of the keys to success. I know you will find this Directory to be a great resource in achieving your dreams and success.“ Honorable Delia Garcia, Former Kansas State House Representative; Senior Liaison, National Education Association
“I think going to college has helped my children a lot because they have a better life than I did growing up. They are the beneficiaries of all the suffering I went through and all the things I had to pass up on when I was studying at night for college and thinking everyone else was out having a good time. Now my kids go to a great school. They have health insurance. They have everything they need because I went to college.” Heather Levi, Association of American Indian Physicians, Southern Cheyenne and Kiowa Tribes of Oklahoma
“The National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory provides an expansive resource that will be of benefit to any organization invested in the cause of advancing student success in higher education. The electronic database contained on the DVD is a great tool for finding specific funding for students with a multitude of financial needs.” Dr. Antonio Flores, President, Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.
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The Directory is published by Latino Literacy Now, a 501c3 nonprofit that has produced 55 Latino Book & Family Festivals since 1997, when it was co-founded by actor Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler. Latino Literacy Now also operates the Int’l Latino Book Awards, the largest awards in the world honoring books by and about Latinos, with 1,914 authors and publishers recognized in the past two decades.

Andres Tobar, former executive director of the National Association of Hispanic Publications and a longtime U.S. Dept. of Education administrator, and Kirk collaborated on nine editions of the Hispanic Scholarship Directory starting in 1997. Andres and Kirk then worked together to create the National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory, which was first published by WPR Books in 2013. Sponsors have included General Motors, WalMart, Pinnacle Bank, SER Jobs for Progress, LULAC, and Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities.