Hispanic Scholarship Fund Raises $125k In One Night For Latino Students
Photo: HSF Alumni Hall of Fame Gala
At these times when the costs of attending college are outpacing financial support from public and private sectors, The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation’s largest Hispanic college scholarship awarding organization, raised a record $125,000 and awarded students during its annual Alumni Hall of Fame gala.
Thanks to corporate donors, Wells Fargo, Google, Anheuser Busch and the Meruelo Group, sponsors like Macys, Fox Deportes, and La Raza Pizza, and the more than 400 individuals attending the dinner or watching via video streaming pledged. “This demonstrates the power of connecting donors to deserving students and together supporting the placement of a college degree in every Latino household in America.”
HSF provided college scholarships to over 4,000 students for the current 2012-2013 academic year, but for each one who received a scholarship, four did not for lack of funds. Attendees at HSF’s Alumni Hall of Fame rose to the challenge and pledged $125,000 in new scholarship dollars using Text-to-Pledge technology, funding an additional 100 college scholarship applicants watching the event live via online streaming.
Joselyn Espinoza, one of the scholarship recipients, texted “Thank you for this scholarship! …This year has been hard for my family, and without this, it would have been very difficult to pay for college.”