College of St. Mary receives a grant from the Iowa West Foundation for its Latina Summer Academy.

Omaha, NE – The Iowa West Foundation recently awarded the school a $4,000 grant.

CSM Marketing Director Carmen Steele says the grant will be used to support the week-long workshop for 9th and 10th grade Latina students. It focuses on math and science, as well as health and community involvement. Steele says the program was initially created because the young Latina community is an underserved population.

Steele says, "They often get overlooked in a lot of programs and they have had really high dropout rates and low involvement in activities." She says the Latina Summer Academy was created to boost the girls' self-confidence and get them involved in and excited about school and their community.

The 2010 Latina Summer Academy runs June 20th through the 25th on the College of St. Mary campus.