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ASU's Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program opens applications to all students

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November 02, 2023

Access ASU, a K–12 outreach division at Arizona State University dedicated to increasing access to higher education and preparing Arizona students for success, is focused on increasing enrollment in its Hispanic Mother-Daughter Program (HMDP) by expanding inclusion to all ethnic and gender groups who seek support navigating the college experience.

The program seeks to pave the way to higher education for junior high and high school students who identify as first-generation college students and aspire to attend ASU. Students who apply and are accepted to the HMDP begin the program in eighth grade and continue until high school graduation. The selected students and their families are prepared for university entrance by attending classes on financial literacy, leadership skills and social/emotional well-being. All course materials are offered free of charge.

Benefits of the HMDP include:

  • Early access to ASU and its resources.

  • Networking with ASU alumni.

  • Pertinent information on scholarships and internships.

  • Academic advocacy.

  • Family bonding and value alignment.

Since the inception of the program in 1984, more than 2,357 parent-student teams have been served. In 2023, the program graduated 182 students, with 98 selecting ASU as their university. Many of the HMDP graduates are employed at well-known companies and organizations in the Phoenix area and continue to make an impact within their communities.

Stephanie Padilla, who is a former graduate of the HMDP program and current Intel executive, said that on top of learning how to prepare for, apply to and be successful in college, the program helped her mother support her along the way. All HMDP students and their families meet regularly at ASU to build a foundation of community and support.

HMDP is currently accepting eighth and ninth graders. To apply or receive more information, visit the program's website:

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