September 02, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $1.1 Million in Grant Funding for Nevada Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced two grants totaling $1,142,529 awarded by the U.S. Department of Education to Nevada colleges for the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program. The first grant of $600,000 was awarded to the College of Southern Nevada and the second grant of $542,529 was awarded to Nevada State College. The DHSI Program provides grants to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students.   

“I am proud to announce this new round of grants awarded to some of Nevada’s top educational institutions that will help them enhance their academic offerings to students of color. I know that when my sister and I were the first in our family to graduate from college, we had the support of our family and our community to help push us forward to pursue our bachelor’s degrees. But for many first generation college students, it can often feel like the odds are stacked against you whether it be the high costs of accessing your education, or a perceived feeling of not being as prepared as your peers. This grant will equip the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College with the resources to empower students to succeed in the classroom. I’m working in Congress so that every student in Nevada has the tools to overcome the financial, cultural and educational barriers impeding their full potential.”


Nevada currently has four institutions of higher learning classified as Hispanic-Serving Institutions: College of Southern Nevada; Nevada State College; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Truckee Meadows Community College.

In May, Senator Cortez Masto joined 17 of her colleagues in urging Senate leadership and appropriators to support minority-serving institutions (MSIs) in the next coronavirus stimulus package, including by providing $1 billion in emergency funding to Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority-Serving Institutions.