NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate-Palmolive announced today its third annual partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to launch the company's Haz la U™ educational grant program, now in its eighth year. To promote the importance of education among Latinos and help get them on the path to higher education, Colgate will support the HHF's Youth Awards program through its community service category, which focuses on community-minded students who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and leadership in 10 regions across the nation, totaling up to $100,000 in grants.
Eligible students can apply for grants via Colgate.com/HazLaU through October 15, 2016. Thirty-one Hispanic high school students will be selected by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to receive the Haz la U™ educational grants to help finance their first year of college.
"Colgate believes in the importance of preparing future generations of Latinos and giving them the tools to become leaders in their communities," said Carla Kelly, general manager of multicultural marketing, Colgate-Palmolive. "It is an honor to continue the partnership with this prestigious organization that shares our commitment to the community and values the interest in supporting Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities through financial scholarship."
This year, to encourage more students to make their college dreams realities, Colgate is sharing a first-person video of past Haz la U™ winner Jennifer Muñoz and her story of educational success. With versions in English and Spanish, her story can be seen on Colgate's YouTube channel.
"Looking back, it's amazing what I have accomplished in a year," Muñoz said. "The Haz la U scholarship helped take a weight off my shoulders and enabled me to focus more on my studies. Now I am one year closer to becoming Dr. Muñoz!"
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About HHF and LOFT
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1988, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org). Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and @HHFoundation on Twitter.
HHF's award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 "Tracks," or industries including: Technology, Science, Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are tracked and connected to each other as well as to mentors and resources; attend over 50 trainings, workshops, and Charlas hosted across the country; participate in creative initiatives; and placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Visit www.loftinnovation.org, and join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track! Follow LOFTinstitute on Twitter.