Southwest Airlines And The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Now Accepting Applications For The Lanzate Travel Award Program For College Students
DALLAS, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), today announced they are accepting applications for their annual "Lanzate! / Take Off!" education travel award program. Online applications will be accepted through May 15, 2014, at www.hacu.net. The program is geared toward Hispanic college students with economic need who travel away from home to pursue higher education. Students who are awarded with the "Lanzate! / Take Off!" education travel award are able to use roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines to stay connected with their families. For these students, connection with family can make the difference between dropping out and graduating. Nearly 1,300 Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets have been awarded to students across the nation since the program's inception in 2005. All applicants must complete an online application including an essay describing their inspiration to pursue a college degree.
A panel of judges comprised of college professors and education advocates from across the nation will gather this summer to select the 2014 travel award recipients. To view the criteria for the 2014 award program, please visit: www.SWAmedia.com. Each student who receives an award will be eligible for up to four tickets for use by the student and/or a family member traveling to/from the university.
"For the past decade, we have been fortunate to support Latino students with this award to help them stay connected with family while they area away at school," said Christine Ortega, Southwest Airlines Manager of Community Affairs & Grassroots. "Seeing hundreds of students aspire to reach their dreams with higher education is inspirational, and we are proud to play a small part in helping these future leaders succeed."
"HACU is proud of its strong partnership with Southwest Airlines that for the past 10 years has greatly benefitted hundreds of Hispanic students pursuing their higher education," said Antonio R. Flores, HACU President and CEO. "HACU applauds Southwest Airlines for its continued commitment to college students and their families through the Lanzate Travel Awards Program 'Dandole Alas a Tu Exito/Giving Flight to Your Success.'"
To read more about the program, please visit NUTS About Southwest.
HACU, which has its national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, represents approximately 450 colleges and universities, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), which collectively serve more than two-thirds of all Hispanic higher education students in the United States and Puerto Rico. HACU's international membership includes leading higher education institutions in Latin America and Europe.
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