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Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis

  • Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis
  • 7316 Lindell Blvd.
    Apt A
  • St. Louis, MO 63130
  • 314-863-0570
  • 1996

Program Description


The Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC) mission is to promote the excellence of the Hispanic culture through arts and educational events. One of the aspects of our mission is scholarships to support first generations of Latino youth who are college-bound or attending college.


The Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC) is dedicated to do its part to help young underprivileged Hispanics to get a college education. In order to reach that goal, we have partnered with the Washington University Romance Languages & Literatures Department (RLL) to support the 'Puertas/Door to College Program' of the Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs. The Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs are after school programs in which WU student tutors volunteer to teach underprivileged Hispanic elementary, mid and high school students in south St. Louis -in partnership with St. Cecilia Parish.

In 2007 the HAC and the RLL at Washington Univ. created the John F. Garganigo Scholarship to benefit first generation of Latino students of the 'Puertas Program' to go to college. Since then, many students have been awarded the scholarship.

We are expanding this project with the creation of the Carlos Beltran Scholarship, in partnership with Cardinal's All Star Outfielder Mr. Carlos Beltran to assist Hispanic high school students entering college in August 2013.


The Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis is committed to improve access, financial aid and opportunities to education for Hispanic youth in St. Louis. In 2007, HAC partnered with Washington University in St. Louis outreach program 'Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs.' Since then, HAC has created the John F. Garganigo Scholarship to benefit the 'Puertas Program' (Door to College Program) a college prep of WU 'Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs.' We also have been giving the K-12 students of that program opportunities to attend performances at Circus Flora and take part of Craft Alliance & Circus Flora Summer Camp in 2013.

In October of 2012 HAC created an educational project, Universidad YA!/College NOW!, to help Hispanic high school students to improve higher education access and readiness. Since November 2012 HAC has been giving talks and workshops in high schools and community venues in St. Louis and Illinois. In April of 2013 HAC offered the first Hispanic College Fair in Spanish in St. Louis with 10 schools in attendance and scholarship organizations, as well as workshops in Spanish for parents and students presenting the roadmap to college access in the U.S.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • Hispanic/Latino: 100%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 10
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 25
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students
  • Undocumented Students (9)


  • More than 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 85%