Since its inception in 2000, the scholarship fund and its partners has been able to provide $1.65 million in scholarships to help more than 330 students pursue a college education.
Our mission is to enhance the post-secondary educational success of Hispanic students in Central Florida. Our vision is to ensure post-secondary completion rates of Hispanic students who can contribute to the Central Florida economy.
The scholarship fund’s board, sponsors and partners recognize and uniquely understand the continuing need for quality education, the financial challenges of our community, and the difference that scholarship support can have on a student’s academic success. We believe that an investment in the education of our youth is an investment in the future well-being of Central Florida.
The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando originated with a series of activities organized by the Hispanic Heritage Celebration Committee of Orange County, an employee group whose main purpose was to plan and organize activities for Hispanic Heritage month. The first Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Gala was hosted by this group in October 2000 to raise the organization’s initial funds.
In 2003, as a result of this effort to support the local Hispanic community, a partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando was developed and the the HIspanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando was established as a separate and independent organization. It was incorporated in August 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the State of Florida.
In 2014, the scholarship fund was awarded a million dollar grant from the Helios Education Foundation, the largest grant in its history. The Helios grant includes a $750,000 endowment intended to help the organization to pursue its mission in perpetuity. The remaining $250,000 allowed the organization to develop new strategic and operational plans, cover operational costs and fund 20 scholarships for Hispanic college students.
To date, the organization has awarded $1.65 million in scholarships to help more than 330 students pursue a college education.