NHI Prepares for Promising Future for CWS Programs
More than 400 students are expected to participate in NHI’s Collegiate World Series (CWS) programs this summer, making it the largest class of CWS students in more than a decade. The increase in student participation, which introduces students to inquiry-based learning as well as familiarizing them with the college admission process, is concordant with an increasing number of NHI College Register members. There may be as many as 100 colleges and universities involved by the time students attend 2017 CWS programs and LDZ College Fairs.
“We believe it’s important for students to become competitive college applicants, well-informed about their investments in higher education and analytical in their leadership development,” said Zachary Gonzalez, CWS Program Director, who has been active in growing the CWS program during his time at NHI. “You can feel the energy building with students, parents, high schools and colleges that are joining arms with the National Hispanic Institute to accomplish these efforts. It’s an exciting year for the CWS, and even though we are still three months shy of launching our first conference, we are continuing to design innovative ways to strengthen our impact on youth and the at-large community during each experience.”
This year’s program sites include two stalwart university host institutions — Cabrini University, named NHI College of the Year at Celebración in 2016, will host the Northeast CWS from July 19-23, and the University of North Texas will open its doors for the Texas CWS from July 26-30.
NHI is also expecting to announce the International CWS dates and location as early as next week, pending negotiations with a Florida university, and is looking to add a fourth CWS program in the Southwestern or Western United States for 2018 and beyond.
NHI’s CWS programs are supported in part through a partnership with State Farm. “We’re honored to have State Farm as a committed partner to help us put on the Collegiate World Series,” said Nicole Sada, NHI’s Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President for Policy & Advancement. “For two years now, State Farm has helped us host and house students attending this program. Their contributions work toward making this program affordable for students from all walks of life.
All programs will expand their base of faculty to include entrepreneurs, screen writers, scholars, tech gurus, therapists and possibly a candidate for U.S. Congress. According to Gonzalez, this year’s CWS programs will boast the largest concentration of educational directors and understudies to date.
Despite the increased numbers for the CWS programs, NHI is still reviewing final applicants that are in 11th Grade (High School Class of 2018).
Students interested in applying should visit the Admissions section of the NHI website or call 512.357.6137.
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