NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Colgate-Palmolive renews its commitment to the Latino community by encouraging young Hispanics in the United States to continue on the path to higher education. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate has announced this year's "Haz la U™" educational grant program, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
In its fifth year, "Haz la U™" has expanded to offer educational grants to Hispanic high school seniors enrolling in higher education for the 2014-15 school year.1 This year's recipients will also be awarded a membership into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which includes career counseling, as well as the opportunity to network with past Hispanic Scholarship Fund alumni.
"Haz la U™" seeks to help grant recipients fund their first year of college and put them on the road to graduation. Recent news from the U.S Census Bureau Analysis reveals that a record 7 in 10 Hispanic high school graduates are enrolling in higher education.2 With more Hispanic students entering higher education it is important to support these students in college.
"Colgate continues to support 'Haz la U™' to increase Hispanic enrollment in college and to support families with the costs of higher education," said Carla Kelly, General Manager of Multicultural Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive. "We want to invest in the Hispanic community and our ongoing partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a testament to the value we place on educating our future leaders."
While more Hispanic students are attending college, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, Latinos ages 22-24 are half as likely as their Caucasian counterparts to complete their bachelor's degree.3 The "Haz la U™" grant seeks to keep recipients on the track to graduation by lessening their financial concerns during their first year of college and to focus on their studies.
Through resources like "Haz la U™", Latino students are finding avenues that make college enrollment a reality. Last year's $15,000 "Haz la U™" winner, Eduardo Solorio of Five Points, California has enrolled at the University of California – Irvine.
"My 'Haz la U™' grant is enabling me to start my first semester of college with fewer worries," he said. "I'm able to focus on my studies and the grant helps me not become a financial burden to my family while I pursue my degree. This is a great opportunity for me to start college off on the right foot."
To learn more about "Haz la U™" and our application guidelines, please visit www.colgate.com/hazlau or by calling 1-877-HSF-INFO.
About Colgate-Palmolive Company
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the Company's web site at http://www.colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate's global oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com. CL-C
About Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford. As the nation's leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. HSF has awarded over $330 million in scholarships over the past 36 years and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation. HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy.
1 The newly expanded $65,000 investment includes twenty-one grants for 2014 that are comprised of one grand prize for one $15,000 educational grant in addition to twenty, second place, $2,500 educational grant prizes.
2 Pew Hispanic Center. "High School Drop-out Rate at Record Low" Hispanic High School graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment," May 8, 2013
3 Pew Hispanic Center. "High School Drop-out Rate at Record Low" Hispanic High School graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment," May 8, 2013