Fourteen high school seniors and their parents recently toured the University of Georgia and participated in information sessions as part of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development’s Padres e Hijos program.

This is the 10th consecutive year for the program, which brings academically prepared Latino high school seniors to UGA for a daylong look at the university and the college admissions process.

The students and their parents learned about scholarship opportunities, financial aid options, toured campus, walked through a dorm room and enjoyed UGA’s dining halls last month.

“We got to know more about the University of Georgia and the admissions process,” parent Mariela Garcia said.

The students spent the afternoon participating in a writing workshop designed to improve their admissions essays. Fanning faculty and the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management presented information sessions and past participants in the Padres e Hijos program served as tour guides.

“Getting to spend time with the current college students and hearing their experience was very powerful,” Garcia said.

After participating in Padres e Hijos, her husband, Rene Nazario, thinks UGA would be a “great choice” for their daughter.

“Our daughter is an artist, and UGA has one of the best art schools in the country,” he said.

More than 200 students and their families have participated in Padres e Hijos since 2006, with nearly half of the students enrolling at UGA. Many graduated from UGA and pursued graduate degrees or began their careers.

Others opted to attend other schools, such as Columbia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Emory.