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Towson, Maryland (June 22, 2010) – Applications from high school students to attend the Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium topped 672, a two percent increase over 2009 numbers. Students throughout the state applied online to attend the seventh annual Maryland Hispanic Youth Symposium, a four-day, three-night college empowerment program for at-promise high school students. The event will be held at Towson University from June 29-July 2 and is hosted in partnership with the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) and Towson University.


Caguas, Puerto Rico (June 21, 2010) – Today, the Hispanic College Fund announced the winners of the Manuel Candamo Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to Puerto Rican students who demonstrate a commitment to community service and academic excellence. The scholarships will be presented to students at an award luncheon at Caguas Real Hotel & Casino in Caguas, Puerto Rico on June 25, 2010. A total of $14,000 in scholarship monies will be awarded.


Washington, D.C. (June 11, 2010) – Applications from high school students to attend the Hispanic Youth Symposia in eight communities across the country topped 5,500, a 51 percent increase over 2009 numbers. Students throughout the country applied online to attend a Hispanic Youth Symposium, the four-day, three-night college empowerment program for at-promise high school students. The programs are held at various universities and will take place throughout the summer across the nation.


Dallas, Texas (June 3, 2010) – Applications from high school students to attend the Dallas Hispanic Youth Symposium topped 1,245, a 134 percent increase over 2009 numbers. Students throughout the state applied online to attend the second annual Dallas Hispanic Youth Symposium, a four-day, three-night college empowerment program for at-promise high school students. The event will be held at Southern Methodist University from June 16-19 and is hosted in partnership with Southern Methodist University, the U.S. Social Security Administration, Dallas Independent School District, Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch Independent School District, the Academic Success Program, and Education Is Freedom.


Albuquerque, NM (June 3, 2010) – Applications from high school students to attend the New Mexico Hispanic Youth Symposium topped 656, a 54 percent increase over 2009 numbers. Students throughout the state applied online to attend the third annual New Mexico Hispanic Youth Symposium, a four-day, three-night college empowerment program for at-promise high school students. The event will be held at the University of New Mexico from June 15-18 and is hosted in partnership with New Mexico MESA and College Enrichment and Outreach Programs of the University of New Mexico.


Washington, DC (May 20, 2010) – CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst) will be named the 2010 Corporation of the Year during the Hispanic College Fund’s 17th annual gala, to be held on October 29, 2010 at the J.W. Marriott in Washington, D.C.  The company will be honored for its commitment to increasing ethnic diversity within high-need industries and its generous support of the Hispanic College Fund.


Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2010) – More than 80 parents and students from Garfield, Roosevelt, and Wilson High Schools will be attending a bilingual college information night at Roosevelt High School tonight, as the Hispanic College Fund prepares the community for its second annual Los Angeles Hispanic Youth Symposium, a college residency that will bring 150 students from Belmont, Garfield, Roosevelt, Santee and Wilson High Schools to the campus of UCLA from August 10-13 to introduce the students to an array of motivational speakers, college resources, $10,500 in scholarship competitions, career and community involvement workshops, and more.


Los Angeles, CA (May 17, 2010) – More than 600 students at Belmont, Roosevelt, and Santee High Schools in downtown Los Angeles will participate in presentations that encourage them to pursue a college education and professional career. The programming is part of a pilot initiative by the Hispanic College Fund to expand the reach of its national program, the Hispanic Youth Institute, by bringing successful curriculum components to the larger student bodies of underserved Hispanic-majority high schools.


Albuquerque, NM (May 14, 2010) – Applications from high school students to attend the New Mexico Hispanic Youth Symposium topped 656, a 54 percent increase over 2009 numbers. Students throughout the state applied online to attend the third annual New Mexico Hispanic Youth Symposium, a four-day, three-night college empowerment program for at-promise high school students. The event will be held at the University of New Mexico from June 15-18 and is hosted in partnership with New Mexico MESA and College Enrichment and Outreach Programs of the University of New Mexico.


Washington, DC (May 10, 2010) – The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) announces a partnership with VLC Entertainment to create a culinary arts scholarship program. VLC Entertainment is launching the sale of its VLC membership rewards cards, of which a portion of proceeds for each card sold will be contributed to HCF to fund the scholarship program.


Washington, DC (May 4, 2010) – More than 3,000 high school students applied to attend this year’s Hispanic Youth Institute, a college empowerment program run annually by the Hispanic College Fund and community partners across the nation. This is the largest number of applicants since the program’s 2004 founding. Approximately 1,000 students will be admitted to the program this year.

“The level of interest that our program has received this year is astounding,” said Stina Augustsson, national director of pre-college programs of the Hispanic College Fund. “The number of applications submitted for 2010 demonstrates the clear need for the Hispanic Youth Institute in the community. Although we can’t serve every student who applied to the Hispanic Youth Institute this year, with the support of our donors, we hope to scale up the program so that it can reach many more Hispanic youth in the future.”


DALLAS, TX (May 4, 2010) – Hispanic College Fund (HCF) has joined as a supporting sponsor of the Hispanic PR & Social Media Conference (www.hispanicprconference.com) being organized by the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) and the Hispanic PR Blog in partnership with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in Dallas, May 10-12.

As part of its sponsorship HCF will actively promote the conference to its members and HCF members will get a discounted rate of $425 to attend the conference.


Washington, DC (April 29, 2010) – The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) announced its search for a new chief executive officer. Russell Reynolds Associates, a premier provider of senior-level executive search and assessments, is facilitating the search for a candidate who can strategically drive the organization’s growth and its mission of developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals.


April 27, 2010 (Washington, DC) – The Intel Foundation has donated $100,000 to support the Hispanic College Fund’s mission of preparing the next generation of Hispanic professionals. This gift will provide four four-year scholarships to Hispanic college students studying for careers in the science, math, engineering and technology industries. In addition, numerous Intel employees will serve as volunteers for the Hispanic College Fund’s 2010 Hispanic Youth Institute, a college empowerment program designed to motivate high school students to pursue college degrees and professional careers.


Los Angeles, CA (April 19, 2010) – For the second year in a row, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced that he will serve as the honorary chair of the Los Angeles Hispanic Youth Symposium. This college empowerment program is expected to serve more than 200 students from Belmont, Santee, Roosevelt, Garfield and Grant High Schools. It will be hosted on the campus of UCLA from August 10-13, 2010. The program was first brought to Los Angeles in 2009.