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Serving Cincinnati’s Fast-Growing Hispanic and Latino Population

By Carol / September 5, 2023 /

Ohio’s Hispanic and Latino population has grown by 63.4% since 2000, according to the Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition, and in Cincinnati, this population is young, with almost half under the…

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Student Story – Pamala Hurley

By Carol / April 20, 2023 /

Pamala Hurley is not your typical college student. She graduated from high school in 1964 and decided to return to school at age 71 or 72 after her husband passed…

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Everyone Needs a Cheerleader – National Volunteer Month

By Carol / March 31, 2023 /

Back in January, a picture of the ecstatic actress Jamie Lee Curtis celebrating her co-star Michelle Yeoh’s win for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes went viral for all…

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Three common barriers that derail postsecondary education dreams

By Carol / March 4, 2023 /

We talk a lot about barriers to postsecondary education at The Chatfield Edge. That’s because we’ve experienced the impact of these barriers on students first-hand. Before launching The Chatfield Edge,…

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Student Story: Meet Destiny

By Carol / February 7, 2023 /

The Chatfield Edge helps break down barriers preventing first-generation and underserved students from pursuing post-secondary education, whether college studies, technical, or skilled trades. Finances are often a barrier to attaining…

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Honoring the Past, Looking Toward the Future

By Carol / February 2, 2023 /

Former students, past presidents, family, and friends gathered underneath the soaring wood-carved ceilings of Sacred Heart Chapel in St. Martin, Ohio, on Sunday, January 29, to honor the people and…

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Serving Cincinnati’s Fast-Growing Hispanic and Latino Population

Ohio’s Hispanic and Latino population has grown by 63.4% since 2000, according to the Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition, and in Cincinnati, this population is young, with almost half under the age of 18.

Every immigrant’s story about why they left their home country to come to the United States is unique. And every Hispanic and Latino in the U.S. has a diverse range of experiences and skills. The one common denominator among this fast-growing population in the United States is that everyone must learn our country’s unique systems for living life, from enrolling in school to obtaining health insurance to getting a driver’s license.

Navigating the post-secondary education system in the U.S. can be confusing enough for lifelong citizens. People for whom English is not their first language or who are first-generation immigrants from another country often face greater challenges which is why the Chatfield Edge wants to support Hispanic and Latino scholars on the road to reaching their educational dreams.

While some challenges Hispanic and Latino scholars face in attaining a postsecondary education are unique and require specialized assistance, such as language barriers, others are quite common.


Among Latinos who do not have a bachelor’s degree and are not enrolled in school, 71% say a major or minor reason is that they need to work to support their families and don’t have time to pursue their education, according to the Pew Research Center.

Assisting first-generation and non-traditional students with paying for their post-secondary education is one way The Chatfield Edge assists our program participants.

There are many sources of funding available – from federal financial aid to private scholarships. We meet with each of our scholars to help them identify the sources most appropriate for them and then work with them, one-on-one, to gather all the documentation necessary to apply for the funding, fill out the applications, and help keep them on track to meet deadlines. Our experienced staff and volunteers have helped hundreds of students fill out these forms and are extremely knowledgeable about the sometimes-complex process.

In addition to education funding, The Chatfield Edge connects its scholars to vital community resources to assist with challenges such as childcare or elder care, transportation, mental health support, affordable housing, food insecurity, and more.

First Generation

Up to 70% of Hispanic and Latino students who enroll in post-secondary education are first-generation students. Being the first person in your family to try something different comes with its unique challenges. This is something in which The Chatfield Edge specializes – guiding first-generation students to post-secondary education success.

Some research has found that racial and ethnic stereotyping in high school may lead to Hispanic and Latino students being designated as “non-college-bound” from the outset. Without a guidance counselor or knowledgeable family member to turn to for post-secondary career advice, it can be extremely difficult to take a leap into the unknown.

The Education Endeavors service from The Chatfield Edge seeks to fill that gap. Our team conducts interests and goals assessments with our scholars and works with them to explore educational opportunities that support their career and life ambitions through program visits, intake interviews, and meetings.

The Chatfield Edge is committed to supporting our scholars well beyond the applications and admissions processes. Our Future Now services include partnering every scholar in our program with a mentor and assisting with job readiness, financial management, self-care, and spiritual support.

Further Resources

Greater Cincinnati’s Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 – October 15. Learn more about this effort and other resources and organizations in the Greater Cincinnati Community dedicated to supporting our Hispanic and Latino neighbors:

The Greater Cincinnati Latino Coalition –

Su Casa Hispanic Center –

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati –

Santa Maria Community Services –

Community Action Agency –

If you are a Hispanic or Latino community member or a first-generation or non-traditional student, The Chatfield Edge wants to meet you. We are here to help you gain success in life through education. If you have questions, contact our director of programs, David Hesson, at or 513-875-3344.

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