Couple donates part of lottery winnings to Latinos

August 9, 2011 9:05:23 PM PDT
A Southern California couple is donating part of a $266 million lottery jackpot they won last year to increase the number of Latinos earning college degrees.

The $1.25 million gift by Jacki and Gilbert Cisneros was announced Tuesday in San Francisco. That's where representatives from various educational institutions met to increase the Latino graduation rate. The goal is not to just get Latino students into college.

"Unless we care about students getting through college, there isn't much to celebrate if they get in and don't complete," said Michelle Siqueiros from Campaign for College Opportunity.

A report by the group Excellence In Education found that the number of Latinos earning undergraduate degrees in California grew by 13 percent between 2006 and 2008.

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