NEW YORK, May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Colgate-Palmolive continues its ongoing partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to announce the open application period for this year's Haz la U™ educational grant program. The initiative will support the HHF's Youth Awards program through its Community Service category, focusing on community-minded students. Thirty-one winners will be selected based on a demonstration of excellence in volunteerism and leadership in 10 regions across the nation.
The Haz la U™ program has been promoting the importance of education among Latinos, and has helped Hispanic high school students on the path to higher education over the past nine years. This year, eligible students can apply for grants online from now through October 2017. Colgate will distribute a total of $100,000 to 31 students selected by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to receive an Haz la U™ educational grant, to help finance their first year of college.
"Colgate strongly believes in the importance of preparing and giving future generations of Latinos the tools to become leaders in their communities," said Carla Kelly, General Manager of Multicultural Marketing at Colgate-Palmolive. "It is a privilege to continue the partnership with the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Foundation as they share our commitment to the community and values the interest in supporting Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities through financial support."
Last year, to encourage more students to apply for a grant and pursue higher education, Colgate shared an English- and Spanish-language documentary short of former Haz la U™ winner and first-year college student Jennifer Muñoz, highlighting her path to educational success.
"We're proud to partner with Colgate for 'Haz la U,' which will provide educational assistance and encouragement to young Latinos in America," said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. "This program invites students to celebrate their Latino culture, reinforces the importance of educational advancement and empowers applicants to become the drivers of their own destiny."
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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, D.C., and has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University. 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 or follow @LOFTinstitute on Twitter.
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