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13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards Scholarships Now Available

Latino high school juniors across America can apply to the Youth Awards program presented for the 13th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2011 Youth Awards applications are available at www.hispanicheritage.org and must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2011.  Actress America Ferrera, who is the official spokesperson for the 2011 Youth Awards, will be part of a national public awareness campaign in partnership with MTV which will also feature last year’s Youth Awardees.

HHF President and CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino said, “As the fastest growing segment of the population it is important we meet America’s priorities in the education, community and workforce.  Beyond celebrating the young leaders, they are funneled into our ‘leadership cycle’ which will put them on a fast track for leadership in the classroom, community and workforce.  But it starts with the Youth Awardees who embody the promising future of America.”

Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and for their focus on various categories and are awarded grants to be used for their college education or to fund a community service effort. The young leaders will also be positioned to serve as role models for their peers and offset negative stereotypes for Latinos. 

In each of the 10 regions, three students (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be honored in various categories including those listed below (other categories can be added as sponsors are added).  The regions include: Dallas, Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, San Jose/San Francisco Bay area, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia, and Washington, DC (new regions can be added as sponsors come onboard).  Students from across the USA can apply in the region nearest to their area of residence in an effort to ensure all Latino students have an opportunity for the Youth Awards. If selected, the students only have to attend the awards event to receive their award.