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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