San Francisco, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 17, 2007–The Board of Directors of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund concluded its national search today by announcing the selection of Frank D. Alvarez of Tucson, AZ., as the next president of the largest Hispanic higher education scholarship organization in the country.
A native of Los Angeles, Alvarez knows the organization well. He has served on the HSF Board for more than 15 years, including the distinction of being the first non-founding Chairman.
“Frank Alvarez is extremely qualified for this position,” said Dr. Roger Benjamin, Chairman of the HSF Board. “Frank has the unique blend of personal experience and professional expertise that will benefit HSF tremendously. He has worked the administrative side of an operation as well as being a constant advocate for education.”
Frank is a third generation Mexican American. First born to blue collar proud working parents, he readily acknowledges that he struggled through high school, dropped out of community college and then volunteered for the Army during Viet Nam because he had few other options. Upon being honorably discharged, he started anew his academic studies and enrolled at East Los Angeles Community College when he returned to California at 21 and earned an AA degree with honors.
“I know personally that an investment in higher education pays off over a life time,” Alvarez said, “and I know that this investment made it possible for me to break the cycle of poverty for my family. I feel as though I’m being given a gift to lead this organization and to be a part of a 30+ year success story that continues to make it possible for so many deserving Latinos to also realize their dreams.”
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and earned his Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.
He has been a member of the Arizona State Board of Education and currently serves on the Lumina Foundation for Education board and on the board of the Western Governors University.
Frank has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience, most recently as President & CEO of the TMC Healthcare, the largest healthcare provider in Southern Arizona with a staff of more than 3,500.
Alvarez and his wife, Christine (Tina), have four adult children.
About Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1975 as a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, HSF’s vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 32-year history, HSF has awarded more than 82,000 scholarships worth more than $221 million to Latinos attending nearly 2,000 colleges and universities from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.