Since its inception in 2000, HHSFMO along with the support of our partners, has been able to provide more than $1.45 million in scholarships to help 317 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.
We believe that an investment in the education of our youth is an investment in the future well-being of Central Florida.
HHSFMO’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.
The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) 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 HHSFMO was established as a separate and independent organization. HHSFMO was incorporated in August 2003 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the State of Florida.
To date, HHSFMO along with the support of our partners, has been able to provide more than $1.45 million in scholarships to help 317 students pursue a college education.
In 2014, HHSFMO 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 will allow the organization to develop a new strategic plan. The funding will also help cover operational costs and fund 20 scholarships for Hispanic college students.
In addition to the Helios Education Foundation, many community-based organizations have contributed to HHSFMO’s fundraising efforts. These include:
• Casa de Mexico
• CFE Federal Credit Union
• Florida Blue
• Florida Technical College
• Hispanic Bar Association
of Central Florida
• Hispanic Business Council of Osceola County
• Osceola Star
• Orlando Health
• Orlando Magic
• Rollins College - Hamilton Holt School
• University of Central Florida
• Universal Parks and Resorts
• Wells Fargo
• Walt Disney World Resort