ALAS works directly with the local Latinx community by providing scholarships to DACA and undocumented students attending colleges and universities in Western North Carolina, preparing new Latinx leaders for positions that help effect change through non-profit board trainings and mentorships, and partnering with area anchor organizations to ensure increased Latinx representation in leadership.

This scholarship has made college more accessible to me. I no longer have to work as many hours as last semester. Now I can concentrate on my grades and being the best student I can be. Also since I won’t have to work as much, I get to spend more time with my family and I am very thankful for that.
— Maribel, 2016 ALAS Merit Scholarship Recipient


Improving access to education for Latinx youth through the scholarships to A-B Tech is one of several ways that we are working together as Latinx community leaders to develop the strong Latino leaders of tomorrow.

In the state of North Carolina undocumented students are charged Out-of-state tuition. Due to the financial aid requirements, undocumented students do not have access to state and federal aid as many students do.

Out-of-state tuition for an undocumented student at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) costs $4,224 for 16 credit hours. In-state peers of undocumented students pay $1,152 for the same 16 hours. It doesn’t matter if this student has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), or if their family has paid taxes in Asheville most of their life.

This makes it very challenging for students to pay for tuition and books. It also restricts the amount of classes that these students can take at a time, and many are forced to discontinue their education.


Through the ALAS scholarships we hope to fulfill the dreams of undocumented students that attend A-B Tech. The ALAS scholarships are one way to offset some of the costs these students have, as well as, a form of funding that they would normally not have access to.

ALAS also aims to raise awareness about the issues that undocumented students face when paying for college. In the coming years, our goal is to secure more funds so that we can increase our level of giving and expand scholarships to other colleges and universities in our area.


ALAS fosters Latinx leadership by offering trainings on board readiness and alternative leadership models. It is our goal to directly increase Latinx involvement into existing programs as well as to develop and collaborate on informational and skill-building workshops.


Emerging Latinx leaders can gain new skills in board roles and responsibilities and on how to be a successful leader in a volunteer-led organization. these board ready topics include: financials, sustainability, fundraising, succession planning, and board management and development to other Latinxs in the area.

Non-profit Financials for Board Members

Non-profit Board Roles and Responsibilities

Non-profit Fundraising and Fund Development Planning

Non-profit Board Sustainability and Succession