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Excelencia in Education Receives $10 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Excelencia in Education has received $10 million from philanthropists MacKenzie Scott and husband Dan Jewett, the largest gift in the organization’s history.

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“Excelencia is Ensuring America’s Future and engaging institutions whose leaders are ready to transform to intentionally SERVE Latino students,” said Sarita Brown, Excelencia co-founder and president. “We are energized to receive a gift of this magnitude, honored to be among other committed higher education leaders, and ready to leverage this investment to build the necessary funding to propel our work at this critical time in our nation’s recovery.”

“We must shift from demography and geography to intentionality and impact and elevate what an institution can and must do to make sure their Latino students thrive.” said Deborah Santiago, Excelencia’s co-founder and CEO. “This investment is a down payment on the momentum we are building strategically to transform higher education to serve our students.”

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