U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is the highest-ranking Latino in Congress. He also is graduate of Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City, a Hispanic Serving Institution of higher education.
That’s why Menendez (D-N.J.) — along with fellow U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — was pleased to announced Tuesday that eight HSIs in the state will share in more than $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
The funding, which was approved previously, was announced in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Hispanic Serving Institutions play a critical role in ensuring students with limited resources have the opportunity to receive a higher education, contribute to their communities and local economy, and make a difference in the world,” Menendez said.
“I attended one of New Jersey’s HSIs, and I know the positive impact they can have on Latino students trying to get a good education and achieve their dreams. I’m proud to announce this important funding to support the important role of each one of these institutions.”
HSIs are defined as degree-granting institutions where the number of Hispanic students enrolled is at least 25% of total enrollment. HSIs are located in 28 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with emerging Hispanic Serving Institutions located in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
There are 539 nonprofit HSIs across the country and 20 in New Jersey.
Booker said funding these institutions is vital to the success of the state.
“As New Jersey students return to classrooms, it is vital that we provide them with the robust support they need to overcome the learning loss and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
“These federal grants will allow our state’s colleges and universities to enhance programs offered to Hispanic and underserved students, helping these students thrive in their college and future careers.”
The following colleges and universities received funding:
- Saint Peter’s University: $1.59 million
- New Jersey City University: $1 million
- William Paterson: $999,991
- Felician University: $996,804
- Caldwell University: $993,229
- Passaic County Community College: $801,738
- Hudson County Community College: $595,539
- Union County College: $580,783