Washington, DC,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 17, 2003–America’s Hispanic publications will initiate their 2004 campaign by the National Hispanic Press Foundation to help more Latinos secure a higher education with the launch of the 6th edition of the Hispanic Scholarship Directory at noon, Wednesday, September 17th on the Terrace of the Cannon House Office Building [rain location: Rayburn Room 2456].
Members of Congress, corporate leaders and national Hispanic organizations will come together to launch the Directory and encourage more members of the Latino community, the country’s largest and fastest growing minority, to pursue a college education and reach their aspirations. Attending the launch are U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-ILL.-4); Eddie Escobedo, Sr., Chairman of the Board of the National Hispanic Press Foundation; Frank Clark, President of ComEd and Senior Vice President of Exelon Corporation [this year’s lead corporate sponsor]; Hernan Guaracao, President of the National Association of Hispanic Publications; Fernando Barrueta, President & CEO of the Hispanic College Fund; and Hispanic media owners and representatives from higher education.
“ComEd and Exelon share a commitment to recruiting and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce,” said Frank Clark, ComEd President and Exelon Senior Vice President. “As the Latino population increases in numbers, it must also become stronger — intellectually, politically and professionally, a pursuit that must be rooted in education. The Hispanic Scholarship Directory will help many young men and women realize their dreams of college and help equip Corporate America with the next generation of leaders.”
“As Hispanic publishers, we take pride in effectively communicating with our Hispanic community. It’s entirely appropriate for our industry to lead in building a more literate and better educated America by doing what we do best: publishing the information students and families need. Together we can make a better America.” said Eddie Escobedo, Sr., Chairman of the Board of the National Hispanic Press Foundation and publisher of Las Vegas’ largest Spanish language newspaper, El Mundo. According to the Census Bureau, 10% of all students enrolled in college are of Hispanic origin while only 6% actually graduate with a four year degree. These numbers are well below the national average that shows Hispanics comprise 12.5% of the total US population. Because of the rising cost of education, the largest concentration of Latinos pursuing a higher education are concentrated in community colleges and other two-year institutions. The National Center for Educational Statistics reports that 9% of all associate degree recipients are Hispanic.
The Directory is now in its 6th edition and includes a complete and a detailed profile of over 1,000 scholarships and grants available to Latinos. With over 750 updated funding sources, the Directory also includes a special introduction by Edward James Olmos, star of the PBS television series “American Family.” Additionally, it is the first bilingual edition in both English and Spanish containing advice on researching material; a financial aid calendar; and an index of scholarships available by region, field or institution. There are also numerous financial opportunities cited for residents who do not yet have citizenship in this country.
This year’s campaign is also marked with the distribution of an all-new CD-ROM version of the 2004 Directory that has been developed in part with the support of the National Education Association.
The National Hispanic Press Foundation and NAHP, along with sponsors Exelon Corporation, Daimler-Chrysler Corporation Fund, National Education Association, Southern California Edison, US Navy, American Association of Community Colleges, The American Dietetic Association, MGM-Grand, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the co-publisher, WPR Publishing, are united in the goal of enabling Hispanic youth to attain the dream of higher education with the launch of the 2004 Hispanic Scholarship Directory.
For more information about the Directory, the National Hispanic Press Foundation, or NAHP, please call the national office at 202-662-7250 or visit http://www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org.
About the National Hispanic Press Foundation
The National Hispanic Press Foundation is the 501-c-3 educational charity for America’s Hispanic publishers and a sister organization of the National Association of Hispanic Publishers [NAHP]. Its mission is to build communities through excellence in publishing. The Foundation’s programs include an annual publication of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive Hispanic scholarship directory, a national circulation audit campaign to enhance the viability of Hispanic publications, readership studies, media research, scholarships, voter registration and educational programs, among others. For more information see http://www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org or call 202-662-7256.
About the NAHP
Founded in 1982, the National Association of Hispanic Publications is the premier organization representing Hispanic print nationwide. The NAHP is comprised of over 200 member publications with a combined circulation of more than 12 million. Its member publications reach over 50 percent of Hispanic households in 55 U.S. markets on a weekly basis. The mission of the NAHP is to promote Hispanic print, the most effective medium to reach the Hispanic population. The NAHP strives to continually inform and educate the Hispanic community on social issues, educate the readership of its member publications, provide technical assistance and to improve the quality of Hispanic publications nationwide.