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Hispanic Seniors Encouraged to Apply for Heritage Awards by March 14


High school seniors across the nation are being urged to apply for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) Youth Awards, which honor academically successful students. The deadline is March 14.

Young Latino leaders at a regional and national level can compete for the educational grants ranging from $1,000 to $8,000. HHF is a nonprofit organization that works to identify, inspire, promote and prepare Latino role models through national leadership, cultural, educational and workforce programs.

In 2007, more than $650,000 in Youth Awards was given to nearly 300 young leaders, according to HHF.

Application information is available at

Graduating high school seniors of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent) who maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible and are planning to enter college. Award categories include business, education, engineering and mathematics, journalism and sports.

HHF’s Youth Awards are given in 12 regions: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York/Northeast region, Philadelphia/New Jersey, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, Northern California and Washington, D.C. Three recipients will be selected for each category (Gold Medallion, at $3,000; Silver, at $2,000; and Bronze, at $1,000) in each of the 12 regions.

Gold Medallion recipients are also considered for HHF’s National Youth Award, which includes an additional $5,000 educational grant, a laptop computer, and an expenses-paid trip to the National Youth Awards ceremony and to the Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, D.C.

For more information, email may also be sent to [email protected]

—Diverse Staff

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