Educational Institutions

META FOUNDATION

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • www.meta-foundation.org

Mission Statement

META (Making Education the Answer) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing scholarships and mentorship to Latino youth in Southern California with the vision of increasing the opportunities for Latinos to become successful business and community leaders.

Main Programs

  1. META Platinum Scholarship
  2. META Gold Scholarship
Service Areas

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California

Southern California

ruling year

2000

Executive Director

Self-reported

Laura Lull

Co Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Charissa Gonzales

Keywords

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Scholarship, College, Hispanic, Education, Community, UC, Cal State, Financial assistance, Edowment

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Also Known As

Making Education the Answer

EIN

33-0913837

 Number

3844258832

Physical Address

8726 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Suite D #612

Los Angeles, 90045

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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By highlighting and addressing the current disparity between a growing Hispanic population and declining graduation rates, META hopes to inspire a new generation who will become tomorrow's business and community leaders.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

META Platinum Scholarship

This scholarship provides students up to $7,500, payable over four years, to entering college freshmen attending four-year
colleges and universities or students attending a community college with plans to transfer to a four-year college/university. Recipients of the META Platinum Scholarship will also be provided mentorship and access to college readiness and career guidance workshops.

To be eligible to apply for the general META
scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

·       Must be applying, accepted or enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an academic discipline at a four-year college.

·       Must be an incoming freshman

·       Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and be in good academic standing.

·       Must come from families at or below 60% of the area's
median family income, based on family size.

·       Must be a U.S. Citizen of Hispanic origin (defined as having one Hispanic parent or two Hispanic grandparents) residing in the 50 states or Puerto Rico.

·       Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in civic activities in school or in their communities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

META Gold Scholarship

The META Gold Scholarship provides up to $2,000 for students to attend either a four year college or university or for community college students who have plans to transfer to a four-year college or university.  Recipients will be provided with mentorship and access to college readiness and
career guidance workshops.

To be eligible to apply for the META Schlolar Award, students must meet the following criteria:

·       Must be applying, accepted or enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education, pursuing an academic
discipline, at EITHER a four year college or a two-year community college with plans to transfer.

·       May be an incoming freshman at a two-year university or a continuing student

·       Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and be in good academic standing.

·       Must come from families at or below 60% of the area's
median family income, based on family size.

·       Must be a U.S. Citizen of Hispanic origin (defined as having one Hispanic parent or two Hispanic grandparents) residing in the 50 states or Puerto Rico.

·      Preference is given to students who have demonstrated
leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in civic activities in school or in their communities.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Hispanics

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Southern California

Funding Needs

META is actively trying to increase the number of scholarships it disperses every year. In 2012, META will be giving out an extra 20 scholarships, at the $500 level, to incoming and continuing community college students, in order to pay for their books. META also increased the number of large-dollar scholarships by 50% in 2011. In order to continue growing, META needs additional funds to reach it's $300,000 2012 program budget.

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META FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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META FOUNDATION

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Executive Director

Laura Lull

Co Principal Officer

Charissa Gonzales

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lisa Arellanes

Southern California Edison

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