Monday, July 15, 2013

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Rising Latino high school seniors (graduating in 2014) across America can apply to the Youth Awards program presented for the 15th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2013 Youth Awards application is available on our website or by clicking on the following link:, and must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, October 1st, 2013.

To participate in the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards you must be:
· A current high school rising senior, graduating in the Spring of 2014
· Planning to enroll in college in 2014-2015
· A citizen or permanent resident of the US
· Of Hispanic/Latino descent (at least one parent)
· Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale)
· Willing to travel at own cost to the awards ceremony in your selected region.

Regional ceremony attendance is absolutely mandatory for students who are selected.
Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom and community, and for their focus on various categories. Recipients are awarded up to $3,000 in educational grants to be used for their college education or to fund a community service effort. In each of the 10 regions, three students will be honored in various categories including those listed below. The regions include: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Jose and Washington, DC. 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.

The 2013 Youth Awards categories are:

· Business – Presented by BBVA Compass
· Community Service
· Education - Presented by Southwest Airlines Education
· Engineering & Mathematics - Presented by ExxonMobil
· Healthcare - Presented by CVS Caremark Workforce Initiatives

Students that are not able to take advantage of this opportunity are encouraged to join our Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Network. LOFT is a leadership and workforce development program which connects emerging Latinos to each other, to experts, to resources, to platforms, and career paths in STEM fields, business and finance, education and other fields. Join the LOFT Network at

Please feel free to contact us at or 202-861-9797 with any questions.