On Wednesday, October 17, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) will host its annual Alumni Hall of Fame induction to recognize the achievements of past recipients. Among the six inductees for 2012 are Monica Gill and Dr. Yolanda García Romero.
Gill is the senior vice president of public affairs and government relations for the Nielsen Company, which studies media consumption. In that role, she is responsible for Nielsen’s Hispanic/Latino Strategic Outreach program and manages the company’s philanthropic and education initiatives.
García Romero, who is a professor of history at North Lake College, is the first Mexican American woman to earn a PhD in history from a Texas institution.
As a teacher and advisor to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, she empowers students to achieve their goals in higher education.
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Each year, the HSF inducts into its Hall of Fame Latino and Latina leaders—all past HSF recipients—who serve as outstanding examples of the power of higher education, and who “personify the mission and values of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.”
On Tuesday, HSF will also honor its corporate partner Proctor & Gamble, which has, since 1986, funded more than $4 million in scholarships and college-readiness programs through HSF, along with four other inductees.
Since its founding in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $360 million in scholarships to more than 55,000 deserving Hispanic students. But beyond just helping with a cash influx, the HSF also helps students navigate college life, from the admissions and financial aid process to assistance with job placement after graduation. It also works to address the systemic barriers that keep many Hispanics from earning a college degree. The HLS’s Generation 1st Degree program was founded with the goal that in the future, every Latino household will have at least one college graduate.
For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, visit their website: HSF.net.