A group of professionals from the Pacific coast of Colombia became concerned with the direction of the Hispanics youth in Houston, Texas and their absence in college. In light of that observation, the professionals decided to take action starting with family dialogues and weekly meetings.
Topics covered in the family dialogues were alcohol and drug abuse, truancy, the juvenile system, health education, career planning, goal setting, federal financial assistance, and effective parenting techniques. The purpose of those meetings were to inform young adults and parents about how they can make conducive decisions that affect their community and their lives.
Following the commitment of making a positive change for the Hispanic youth and their families, the professionals established a formal group with concerned parents and called it CASCAJAL FOUNDATION. Our goals within this organization are to provide resources for the Hispanic youth to obtain a higher education by giving them the necessary tools to obtain college access and financial support so they can reach their dream of becoming productive citizens.
Cascajal Foundation has collaborated with university recruiters and conducted forums in the community on the processes of admission and enrollment for various college and providing financial aid workshops.
Conscious of the inability of many elderly Hispanic Houston residents to obtain affordable medical and dental care, the Cascajal Foundation held a health fair to provide those services free of charge to the most disadvantaged residents.
Cascajal Foundation provided its first scholarship to Jor Salvador Arcila who attended The University of Texas and completed a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. Today, Mr. Arcila is pursuing a Master’s degree in Sports Business at New York University. Three other scholarships were awarded to students who attended the University of Houston, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University.
Cascajal Foundation changed the lives of four 12th grade Colombian teenagers by providing them scholarships to attend the University of Houston,
Texas A&M University, and Sam Houston University.
Our first international student, Loodwing Murillo, arrived in USA to start an undergraduate program in Computer Science at Benedict College.
To promote education abroad for students in need, the members of Cascajal Foundation provided scholarships to students of the Universidad del Pacifico in Colombia.
One of these scholarships covered four years tuition and fees for one student, while other scholarships covered the tuition for one semester, the latter, it's not renewable for the same student.
Four outstanding Colombian students received scholarships from Cascajal Foundation to attend: University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Amherst College, MA, Carleton College, MI.
Loodwing Murillo, graduates with a degree in Computer Science from Benedict College in South Carolina.
Loodwing Murillo, our first international student, pursues a Master's in Electrical Engineering at Prairie View A&M University. He is expected to complete second degree in 2017...