Helping Hispanic Students Achieve Postsecondary Success

Posted on: August 14, 2014

The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) announced today that it has been awarded a two-year, $1 million grant from Helios Education Foundation. The grant will support the establishment of a scholarship endowment and the development of a comprehensive strategic framework and business plan for the HHSFMO.

30 scholarship recipients were also announced today. All of the scholarship recipients are of Hispanic descent and enrolled in postsecondary institutions in Central Florida. In total, $150,000 in funds were awarded – $80K more than last year. The additional scholarships are also funded by the Helios grant, which accounts for 10 additional $5,000 scholarships per year for the next two years.

“It is indeed an honor for HSSFMO to establish a partnership with Helios Education Foundation, in support of Hispanic postsecondary education students in our region,” said HHSFMO Board Chair Adriana Comellas-Macretti. “This is a transformative opportunity that will allow us to develop a comprehensive plan to address our organizational leadership, communication, and resource development needs well into the future. Thanks to this partnership, the HHSFMO will also be able increase college enrollment and graduation rates for Hispanic students in Central Florida and provide funds to scholars for years to come.”

Helios Education Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for individuals in Florida and Arizona to succeed in postsecondary education. Since its inception in 2004, the foundation has invested more than $142 million in education-related programs and initiatives across both states.

“Helios Education Foundation is proud to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando in providing scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing a college or university degree,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO, Helios Education Foundation. “Every student in Florida deserves the opportunity to complete a postsecondary degree and we are committed to helping traditionally underserved students achieve that goal.”

Linda Thompson, Helios’ Senior Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, was present to award scholarships to 10 recipients at today’s press conference.

To date, HHSFMO has awarded more than $ 950,000 to help 239 exceptional students attending local colleges and universities. This year’s scholarship recipients are:

  • Alessandro Abbati
  • Andrés Aranguibel
  • Richard Haddock
  • Karol Haugan
  • Katherine Moya Boquin
  • Nathalia Muñoz
  • Esperanza Pérez
  • Kathyeli Rivera
  • Katrina Rodríguez
  • Carla Sánchez
  • Nicole Bulla
  • Melinda Colon
  • Joshua Corder
  • Manuel Diz
  • Carmen Espinoza
  • Jashira López
  • Angela Martínez
  • Manuel Morales
  • Ivan Olórtegui
  • Nicolle Paz Mendoza
  • Molly Rendon
  • Bryan Rodríguez
  • Elizabeth Sabillon
  • Rafaela Saguia
  • Sara Sánchez
  • Diego Vázquez
  • Edwin Santos
  • Eduardo Verde

As in previous years, the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund has established generous partnerships with local organizations to provide addition scholarship. Among these are the Hispanic Bar Association, the Osceola Education Foundation, the Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council, and Casa de Mexico. In addition, this year Rollins College and HHSFMO announced the establishment of a partnership to award one full-tuition scholarship each year to a new student entering at the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins in the fall under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.  All the scholarship recipients will be honored at HHSFMO’s annual Gowns and Guayaberas Gala on October 25, 2014 at Disney Contemporary Resort.

Category: Postsecondary Completion

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