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.