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The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Entering its 19th year, the Youth Awards honor Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including:

  • Education
  • Healthcare & Science
  • Community Service
  • Accounting & Math
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Media & Entertainment

Three awards for each student category and one Innovative Educator Award are given in each of the different regions across the country. In addition, one Regional Award winning student from each category and one Innovative Educator will be selected as the National Youth Award recipient in his or her respective category.

Youth Awards begin with a high-profile, national search through a celebrity-based multimedia campaign that includes partnerships with more than 5,000 high schools and hundreds of colleges, media, elected officials, businesses and organizations. Approximately 10,000 applications are collected from qualified juniors who are honored as seniors in the fall.

Students have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher, and are promoted as role models to inspire others and shatter negative stereotypes. Youth Awardees can receive grants for education or community projects to encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship.

2016 Youth Awards Regional Ceremonies


Chicago, Nov. 3, 2016, Loyola University
Dallas, Nov. 15, 2016, Southern Methodist University
Houston, Nov. 17, 2016, The Health Museum – Houston
Los Angeles, Nov. 28, 2016, California State University
San Jose, Nov. 29, 2016, Stanford University
Phoenix, Dec. 1, 2016, University of Arizona – College of Medicine
Washington, DC, Dec. 2, 2016, Mexican Cultural Institute
New York City, Dec. 5, 2016, City University of New York
Atlanta, Dec. 6, 2016, Georgia Tech
Miami, Dec. 8, 2016, University of Miami
Nationals, Miami, Jan. 26, 2017, New World Center