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                                   The LUCES "Rising Stars"  Mentoring Program
As a LUCES Scholar or Latino College Student, you have a unique opportunity to be part of Rising Stars and the LUCES Mentoring Scholars Program. This new initiative has been sponsored by the LUCES Board of Directors.

LUCES Rising Stars will be mentored by a successful and well-established professional in your career of choice. A mentor is learning guide that serves you with networking, community connections, decision making, career exploration, recommendations, and support overall during your professional career journey.

Research shows that underrepresented students are less likely to attend college or continue their higher education goals due to the lack of communication from both colleges and high schools, particularly for Latino students. At the same time, the probability of a Latino student to enter an institution of higher education almost doubles if the individual has a person who is providing them with information and teaching them how to navigate institutions of higher education which is why the LUCES Board wanted to create this program.

The LUCES Board of Directors is excited to welcome you as part of Rising Stars and to the LUCES Mentoring Scholars Program. 

LUCES is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure bright futures for young Latinos in Wisconsin by providing several merit and need-based scholarships. 

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe” A. France


LUCES Board of Directors
Mentoring Program 
E-mail: board@luces-wisconsin.org



Interested in enrolling in this Mentoring Program? Please download the application and send it to board@luces-wisconsin.org. If you are interested in being a mentor, please send an email to board@luces-wisconsin.org.
Gustavo Velazquez, I received the LUCES scholarship for the fall semester of 2014. Since then I have greatly advanced in both my educational and professional career. In the Summer of 2014, Gustavo Graduated from the Associates Degree in Biotechnology program, from Madison College. Driven to pursue more education, Gustavo entered the Stem Cell Technologies Certificate program at Madison College. Then in the spring of 2014, Gustavo transferred to UWGB to complete a bachelor’s Degree. In the winter of 2016 Gustavo received his bachelor’s Degree in Applied studies and minored in Human Development. Then in the fall of 2017, Gustavo entered a Biotechnology Master’s Degree program through the University of Maryland. In terms of career development, Currently he works at WiCell Research Institute,a stem cell company, as a Research Specialist- Cytogenetics.

How to Excel as a Mentor or Mentee

Article from John C. Maxwell

Are you interested to join us as Mentor or Mentee? Please read this important article:
My name is Montserrat Calixto Contreras and I too was a recipient of a LUCES scholarship. After graduating from Madison West High School in 2012, I went on to become a UW Madison Badger and pursued a degree in Biomedical Engineering. After obtaining alumni hood, I went straight to industry and started working full time.
Today, I’m at Illumina, a Madison biotech company, working as a manufacturing engineer. 
LULAC National Youth Convention- Milwaukee, WI. 2019
With Mr. Jose M. Hernandez- U.S.A Former NASA Astronaut.
Edgewood Colle Tour & Mentoring Workshop
Madison College- Tour and Mentoring Workshop
 “Madison East, Lafollette, and Middleton High School tour at Edgewood College. Thank you Tony Garcia, High School Staff, and students”.