18TH ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENTS

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18TH ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENTS

Orlando, FL (October 27, 2017) – The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) recognized the outstanding academic achievements of 24 Hispanic students during its 18th annual awards ceremony at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  All of the scholarship recipients are of Hispanic descent and enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Central Florida. More than $160,000 in funds were awarded, bringing the organization’s total awards up to 317 scholarships and $1,450,000 granted since HHSFMO’s inception more than 17 years ago.

“Higher education is the fastest way to ensure upward mobility and multigenerational benefits – we truly have the ability to impact these students’ lives in a very significant way. What a privilege. We are so thankful to have such great volunteers, funders and partners that continue to passionately support HHSFMO’s mission,” said Guillermo Hansen, HHSFMO Chair and owner of El Osceola Star newspaper and magazines.                                                                            

The award ceremony and several of the scholarships were sponsored by local companies, including Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Health, Hispanic Business Council, Wells Fargo, CenturyLink, and Duke Energy. Two Central Florida colleges partnered with HHSFMO to award scholarships to Hispanic students. Recipient Manuel Banuchi received one full-tuition scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.  Two students, Karrye Nieves y Carolina Guerrero, received a scholarship to complete a career at Florida Technical College.

Partnerships with a number of Central Florida community organizations also account for a portion of the scholarships.  Among these partners are the Hispanic Business Council Kissimmee/Osceola, National Hispanic Journalist Association, Casa de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate of Orlando.

For more information about HHSFMO or to make a donation, please visit www.hhsfmo.org.

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2017 HHSFMO Scholarship Recipients Announced

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2017 HHSFMO Scholarship Recipients Announced

Orlando, FL (August 17, 2017)The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO), a 501(c)(3) organization, announced the recipients of the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship during an event held at Valencia College. The students will be honored during the 18th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

All of the scholarship recipients are of Hispanic descent and enrolled in postsecondary institutions in Central Florida. More than $160,000 in funds were awarded to twenty-three (23) students, bringing the organization’s total awards up to 316 scholarships and over $1,400,000 granted since HHSFMO’s inception more than seventeen (17) years ago.

Of the twenty-three (23) awards granted this year, twenty (20) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. In addition, Manuel Banuchi, will receive one full-tuition scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.  Two (2) students, Carolina Guerrero and Karrye Nieves, were chosen to receive a scholarship to complete a year at Florida Technical College.

In 2014, HHSFMO received a million-dollar grant from the Helios Education Foundation, the largest grant in its history.  Part of that grant was a $750,000 endowment, which was established in the 4th quarter of 2016, intended to help the organization to pursue its mission in perpetuity.

“Education is an investment and not an expense. Helios Education Foundation is proud to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando and invest not only in these scholarship recipients but in the Central Florida community,” said Grace Maseda, Marketing Communications Director for Helios Education Foundation.

This year, in keeping with the organization’s new strategic priorities, a volunteer committee selected students based on character, community engagement; leadership; financial need; and area of study, with an emphasis on degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, those that support Central Florida anchor industries, and those that support regional economic priorities.  This year over 64% of the students had a focus on degrees in STEM, with an average GPA of 3.74.

The 2017 scholarship recipients are:

Angela Melchor

Debraliz Isaac-Aragones

Vanessa Gomez

Pablo Olortegui

Paola Rodriguez Morales

Karrye Nieves

Carolina Guerrero

Catalina Hernandez

Ariel Figueroa

Gabriel Alejandro Marino

Lina Huertas Gil

David Guacaneme

Valentina Nino

Daniel Paradela

Marcelo Silva

Italia Rico-Hurtado

CristobalReyes-Rios

Camila Castro

Emily O'neill

Malick Lozano

Jensine Gomez

The scholarship fund’s efforts are made possible thanks to the support of this year’s sponsors, including Walt Disney World Resorts, Wells Fargo, CenturyLink, Florida Blue, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, Raytheon, Regions Bank, the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Telemundo.

Partnerships with a number of Central Florida community organizations also account for a portion of the scholarships.  Among these partners are the Education Foundation of Osceola County, the Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council, the Hispanic-American Professional and Business Women’s Association (HAPBWA), Casa de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate of Orlando.

 

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2017 HHSFMO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW OPEN

Since its inception in 2000, HHSFMO along with the support of our partners, has been able to provide more than $1.3 million in scholarships to help 294 students pursue a college education. 

The application period is now open through April 1st. Apply today! 

 

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17th Annual HHSFMO Awards Ceremony

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17TH ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND AWARDS CEREMONY

PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENTS

 

Orlando, FL (October 28, 2016) – The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) recognized the outstanding academic achievements of 22 Hispanic students during its 17th annual awards ceremony at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  All of the scholarship recipients are of Hispanic descent and enrolled in postsecondary institutions in Central Florida. More than $160,000 in funds were awarded, bringing the organization’s total awards up to 294 scholarships and $1,300,000 granted since HHSFMO’s inception more than 16 years ago.

Participants of the luncheon had an opportunity to hear from Mateo Raul Magdaleno, author and Chief Education Officer for the IDQ Inc., as the event’s Keynote speaker. Mateo Raul shared his story of how he overcame a challenging childhood by focusing on what he could do to help others and ensure that he has a purpose in this life. “Mateo Raul’s ability to speak to the challenges of life, but also encourage people to not let obstacles prevent you from being successful was exactly what our scholars needed to hear as some begin and some are well into the completion of their post-secondary education,” said Maritza Martinez, HHSFMO Chair and associate vice president of community relations for the University of Central Florida. 

The awards ceremony and several of the scholarships were sponsored by local companies, including Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Health, Carnival Corporation, Wells Fargo, CenturyLink, and Duke Energy. Two Central Florida colleges partnered with HHSFMO to award scholarships to Hispanic students. Recipient Valerie Caro-Beltran received one full-tuition scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.  Two students, Carmen Lopez Robledo and Zulma Echevarria, received a scholarship to complete a year at Florida Technical College.

“Today’s awards ceremony was an excellent opportunity to showcase and honor our scholars, our youth, our future of tomorrow.  We have an important responsibility to positively impact and strengthen our regional economy and our community and supporting that which makes Central Florida great,” said Maritza.   

Partnerships with a number of Central Florida community organizations also account for a portion of the scholarships.  Among these partners are the Education Foundation of Osceola County, the Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council, the Hispanic-American Professional and Business Women’s Association (HAPBWA), Casa de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate of Orlando

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2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP FUND OF METRO ORLANDO

ANNOUNCES 2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

More than $160,000 in scholarships awarded

Orlando, FL (August 18, 2016) – The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO), a 501(c)(3) organization, announced the recipients of the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Scholarship during an event held at Valencia College. The students will be honored during the 17th Annual Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 28, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

All of the scholarship recipients are of Hispanic descent and enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Central Florida. More than $160,000 in funds were awarded to 21 students, bringing the organization’s total awards up to 293 scholarships and $1,300,000 granted since HHSFMO’s inception more than 16 years ago.

“Higher education is the fastest way to ensure upward mobility and multigenerational benefits – we truly have the ability to impact these students’ lives in a very significant way. What a privilege. We are so thankful to have such great volunteers, funders and partners that continue to passionately support HHSFMO’s mission,” said Maritza Martinez, HHSFMO Chair and Associate Vice President of community relations for the University of Central Florida.  

The funds will be distributed to 21 students. Of those, eighteen (18) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded. Recipient Valerie Caro-Beltran will receive one full-tuition scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.  Two students, Carmen Lopez Robledo and Zulma Echevarria, were chosen to receive a scholarship to complete a year at Florida Technical College.

In 2014, HHSFMO received a million dollar grant from the Helios Education Foundation, the largest grant in its history.  The grant included $100,000 to fund scholarships for 20 students (10 each in 2014 and 2015); $150,000 for strategic planning and operational needs; and a $750,000 endowment intended to help the organization to pursue its mission in perpetuity.

This year, in keeping with the organization’s new strategic priorities, a volunteer committee selected students based on character, community engagement; leadership; financial need; and area of study, with an emphasis on degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, those that support Central Florida anchor industries, and those that support regional economic priorities.

The 2016 scholarship recipients are:

Adriana Guevara Aranguren  

Ariel Figueroa            

Ayrton Fernandez                  

Carlos Rendon            

Carmen Lopez Robledo          

Christina Loredo                                 

David Johnston                       

David Guacaneme                  

Erica Diaz Ramos                   

Israel Acevedo

Italia Rico-Hurtado

Jomaris Sotomayor

Katherine (Kathy) Rodriguez

Kevin Ortiz                 

Michelle Otero

Natalie Vargas

Nicole Triana

Stephany Bustamante

Tatiana Bowling

Valerie Caro-Beltran

Zulma Echevarria

The scholarship fund’s efforts are made possible thanks to the support of this year’s sponsors, including Walt Disney World Resorts, Wells Fargo, CenturyLink, Duke Energy, Florida Blue, the University of Central Florida and CFE Federal Credit Union.

Partnerships with a number of Central Florida community organizations also account for a portion of the scholarships.  Among these partners are the Education Foundation of Osceola County, the Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council, the Hispanic-American Professional and Business Women’s Association (HAPBWA), Casa de Mexico, and the Mexican Consulate of Orlando.

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2016 Scholarship application period now closed.

Thank you to all our students that applied for the 2016 HHSFMO scholarship. 

Our review process is underway and all applicants will be notified of the results in early July. 

To learn more about our scholarships, you can review the eligibility guidelines as well review our frequently asked questions.

Good Luck to all applicants. 

 

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2016 HHSFMO Scholarship Application NOW OPEN

The 2016 Scholarship application is now open. Please find our new online application link below as we all as some updated eligibility guidelines.  Deadline to apply is May 13th. Good luck to all applicants!

FIRST TIME HHSFMO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT

RETURNING HHSFMO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANT

To qualify for an HHSFMO scholarship, students must:

  •  Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Have a minimum overall unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students and undergraduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university in Orange, Seminole, Osceola or Lake County during fall of the 2016 scholarship year
  • Be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) or Eligible Non-Citizen as defined by FAFSA
  •  Apply for Federal Financial Aid using the FAFSA

The following are preferred, but not required:

  • Students who are able to demonstrate an evident financial need
  • Students pursuing degrees in any of the following areas •Degrees in "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) fields
  • Degrees that support Central Florida's anchor industries, such as construction management and hospitality management; and
  • Degrees that represent economic priorities in the region, such as degrees in business management/economics and educatio

 Additional information:

  •  There are no age limitations for eligible applicants. 
  •   Scholarships are granted for one year and may be renewable for    undergraduate students.
  •  HHSFMO scholarship funds can be used for the following: tuition, lab fees, textbooks, meal plans, and housing plans.
  • Scholarship funds are administered through the bursar’s office at each recipient’s educational institution.
  • At the end of each academic year, if scholarship funds have not been applied to eligible expenses or debts, the balance will be returned to HHSFMO

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Rollins College Scholarship Opportunity

Full Scholarship to Attend Rollins College under the REEL Program with The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando

Application Deadline – April 15, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 14, 2016) — Rollins College and the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) are pleased to announce the continuation of a partnership to award one full-tuition scholarship to a new student entering the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins in the fall under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.

“Working with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund to provide this opportunity for students is an important step for our evening school,” said David CS Richard, Dean of the Hamilton Holt School. “The mission of the College is to provide a high quality, liberal arts education. As a top provider of adult higher education in Central Florida for over 50 years, it is natural that the Hamilton Holt School would partner with an outstanding community partner like the HHSFMO."

The full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate adult student seeking a degree within the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College. Scholarship applicants must live within a 60-mile radius of Rollins College and be a Florida resident. When combined with available Federal and State aid, the award covers the cost of full-time tuition (three four-credit courses per fall and spring terms). The award is competitive and is renewable at the same level for a total of up to five academic years from the initiation of the award or until graduation, whichever comes first. As part of the scholarship award, awardees will complete leadership training and management internships over the course of their educational experience at Rollins.

Although a goal of both partners is to increase the number of Hispanic students at Rollins College, the scholarship award will be made based on applicant qualifications, not ethnicity or racial characteristics. To learn more about the Rollins College REEL Scholarship and other scholarship offerings at the Hamilton Holt School, please visit www.rollins.edu/evening//tuition-and-financial-aid/scholarships.html. Applications for the REEL Scholarship are due April 15, 2016.

This award may not be combined with other Rollins institutional grants or scholarships and is not available to currently-enrolled Hamilton Holt School students.

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        16TH ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY      PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENTS     Orlando, FL (October 23, 2015) –  The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) recognized the outstanding academic achievements of 31 Hispanic students during its 16th annual awards ceremony at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Each student was awarded a scholarship to be used toward completion of his or her academic goals. In total, more than $200,000 in funds were awarded.  HHSFMO announced that as of this year, it has provided more than one million dollars to help 271 students pursue a college education.    "This award ceremony is another step toward enhancing the post-secondary educational success of Hispanic students in Central Florida,” said Adriana Comellas-Macretti, HHSFMO Board Chair. “We are indebted to our sponsors and partners for helping us ensure our scholarships recipients’ continuous success."  In 2014, HHSFMO received a million-dollar grant from the  Helios Education Foundation  to establish an organizational strategic framework, fund 20 scholarships, and seed a scholarship endowment. In addition to the scholarships funded by Helios, HHSFMO awarded a number of scholarships in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, including the  Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida ;  Osceola Education Foundation; Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council ;  Casa de Mexico ; and the  Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association .    Two Central Florida colleges also partnered with HHSFMO to award scholarships to Hispanic students. One student, Georyana Santos, received a full-tuition scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College under the  Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program , and another was chosen to receive a scholarship to complete a year at  Florida Technical College .  Several scholarships were also funded by the award ceremony sponsors, which included:  Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Health, Wells Fargo, UPS,   Bright House Networks,     Florida Blue, Florida Technical College,  and the  University of Central Florida , among others. 

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16TH ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS CEREMONY

PAYS TRIBUTE TO OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENTS

Orlando, FL (October 23, 2015) – The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) recognized the outstanding academic achievements of 31 Hispanic students during its 16th annual awards ceremony at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.  Each student was awarded a scholarship to be used toward completion of his or her academic goals. In total, more than $200,000 in funds were awarded.

HHSFMO announced that as of this year, it has provided more than one million dollars to help 271 students pursue a college education.  

"This award ceremony is another step toward enhancing the post-secondary educational success of Hispanic students in Central Florida,” said Adriana Comellas-Macretti, HHSFMO Board Chair. “We are indebted to our sponsors and partners for helping us ensure our scholarships recipients’ continuous success."

In 2014, HHSFMO received a million-dollar grant from the Helios Education Foundation to establish an organizational strategic framework, fund 20 scholarships, and seed a scholarship endowment. In addition to the scholarships funded by Helios, HHSFMO awarded a number of scholarships in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, including the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida; Osceola Education Foundation; Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council; Casa de Mexico; and the Hispanic American Professional Business Women’s Association.  

Two Central Florida colleges also partnered with HHSFMO to award scholarships to Hispanic students. One student, Georyana Santos, received a full-tuition scholarship to earn a bachelor’s degree from the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program, and another was chosen to receive a scholarship to complete a year at Florida Technical College.

Several scholarships were also funded by the award ceremony sponsors, which included: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Health, Wells Fargo, UPS, Bright House Networks, Florida Blue, Florida Technical College, and the University of Central Florida, among others. 

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Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

Thank you to the Orange County Government of Florida for inviting us to witness the proclamation of the start to National Hispanic Heritage Month. In addition, our organization was recognized for it's continued efforts in changing the lives of Hispanic students in the Central Florida community. 

Pictured above-Top Row: District 1 Commissioner Scott Boyd,District 2 Commissioner Bryan Nelson, District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke,Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, District 5 Commissioner Ted Edwards, District 6 commissioner Victoria Siplin. Bottom Row: Gonzalo Loayza, Kevin Ortiz, Bernarda Garcia, Karol Haugan, Maritza Martinez, Omar Cardona-Sanchez, Nancy Sharifi

Pictured above-Top Row: District 1 Commissioner Scott Boyd,District 2 Commissioner Bryan Nelson, District 3 Commissioner Pete Clarke,Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson, District 5 Commissioner Ted Edwards, District 6 commissioner Victoria Siplin. Bottom Row: Gonzalo Loayza, Kevin Ortiz, Bernarda Garcia, Karol Haugan, Maritza Martinez, Omar Cardona-Sanchez, Nancy Sharifi



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2015 Scholarship Press Conference

HHSMFO 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients  

HHSMFO 2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients  

Thank you to our media partner, El Osceola Star for granting us the front page story congratulating our 2015-2016 HHSFMO scholarship recipients. Click on the image above to  see the full article. 

 

 

 

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