Hispanic College Fund Honors Marriott International, The Social Security Administration and 35...

Hispanic College Fund Honors Marriott International, The Social Security Administration and 35 Hispanic College Fund Scholars


Washington, D.C–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 16, 2007–During the 14th Annual Scholarship Awards Gala, October 26, the Hispanic College Fund will honor Marriott International, Inc., as “Corporation of the Year” for their support and commitment to education. The award will be accepted by J.W. Marriott, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Marriott International, Inc. The Social Security Administration will receive the “Legacy” award for building a legacy of Hispanic representation in the Federal workforce. Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration will accept the award. And 35 unforgettable scholars from around the country will be acknowledged for their educational accomplishments.

The Hispanic College Fund awarded more than 600 scholarships worth an estimated $2 million this year. The Hispanic College Fund is a national nonprofit organization with the mission to develop the next generation of Hispanic professionals. “Our goal is to help every deserving Hispanic student realize his or her dream of a college education and a successful professional career,” said J. Fernando Barrueta, CEO, Hispanic College Fund. The 35 scholarship recipients come from around the country and the surrounding Washington, D.C. Metro area to participate in the week-long Hispanic Young Professionals program.

During the Hispanic Young Professionals program, students will attend workshops such as networking, financial planning, résumé writing, interviewing skills, goal setting, public speaking and business etiquette all designed to enhance their leadership skills. The scholars will tour corporations, associations and federal agencies to learn more about specific industries, and businesses. The students will meet with executives and learn about their personal and professional paths to their current position. Additionally, one of the Hispanic College Fund Scholars will deliver the keynote address during the Scholarship Awards Gala.

Kathleen Matthews, executive vice president, Global Communications and Public Affairs for Marriott International and an award-winning producer/reporter with more than 25 years covering our nation’s capital will be the mistress of ceremonies for the evening.

The scholars will be joined by 500 guests including District of Columbia leaders, corporation presidents, CEO’s, scholarship sponsors and members of the Hispanic College Fund’s board of trustee’s. All will be there to honor the J.W. Marriott International, Inc.; the Social Security Administration and the 35 scholars for their academic achievements.

The event’s fundraising success is due to the participation of major companies such as: CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, Daimler Chrysler, Ford Motor Company and Southwest Airlines – the official airline of the Hispanic College Fund.

The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Hispanic professionals. Since its founding in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund has supported the education of more than 4,000 financially disadvantaged Hispanic students seeking careers in business, science, engineering and technology with over $9 million in grants. Through programs like the HCF Scholarship Program, Hispanic Youth Symposium, Latinos on the Fast Track (LOFT), HCF Connections and the Hispanic Young Professionals Leadership & Development Program, the Hispanic College Fund is enriching lives and building bridges for our future Hispanic leaders.

For more information, visit http://www.hispanicfund.org or call 1-800-644-4223.

Hispanic College Fund Honors Marriott International, The Social Security Administration and 35 Hispanic College Fund Scholars