The Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University (LAACU) Scholarship Fund raised $151,187 to establish an endowed scholarship in just five years! Not only did it set a fundraising record for LAACU, but it joined the historic Columbia Campaign that set an Ivy League record for funds with $6.1 billion raised in a single campaign and the second largest sum raised by any university. LAACU received over 450 gifts from 315 alumni to establish the LAACU Scholarship.
LAACU’s decision to endow a scholarship to live in perpetuity at Columbia College means that it will help Columbia students achieve their dreams for generations. Since 2010, LAACU has awarded seven students scholarships, playing a small role in their success, and that number will only continue to grow.
Carolina Garrigo ’15CC is once again the LAACU Scholarship recipient. She is of Cuban descent and, when not at Columbia, calls Florida home. Now a junior, Carolina is closer to her goal of becoming a screenwriter or film editor. She is currently interning at Jane Street Entertainment, a television production company, learning about all aspects of production including research and post production. She continues to be involved on campus with theatre arts, and is not only the stage manager for productions, but is also exploring directing. Carolina is also a member of Sigma Delta Tau sorority, where she participates in community service and the sorority’s annual Greek Beats show highlighting the talents of all fraternity and sorority members on campus.