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Apply Now: Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards – 20th Anniversary

Hispanic Heritage Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                                                      Media Contact: Brenda Camarillo, (323) 743-7339;



Opportunity for Young Latino Leaders to be Celebrated at Ceremonies, Receive Educational Grants, and Join Leadership Pipeline in College, Community and Workforce

WASHINGTON, DC(July 11, 2018) Latino high school rising seniors across the United States and Puerto Rico can apply to the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards program presented for the 20th year by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). The 2018 Youth Awards application is available at, and must be submitted by October 15, 2018. Awardees will receive an educational grant to fund their higher education or to support a social innovation effort. Students must demonstrate leadership in the classroom and community in addition to an interest in the following categories (applicants can apply to more than one category):  

  • Business & Entrepreneurship, sponsored by BBVA Compass
  • Education, sponsored by Southwest Airlines
  • Community Service, sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive
  • Healthcare & Science, sponsored by CVS Health
  • Media & Entertainment, sponsored by NBC Universal Telemundo
  • Technology & Engineering, sponsored by Google

The 2018 Youth Awards regional ceremonies will take place in front of influential audiences from November and December in the following 10 regions: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Northern California and Washington, DC. In every region, three students (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) will be honored for each category. After the Youth Awards regional ceremonies conclude, one recipient for each category will be recognized and celebrated as a national Youth Awardee at the national Youth Awards ceremony along with community leaders and celebrities.

HHF’s President and CEO Jose Antonio Tijerino said, “We are thrilled to honor yet another outstanding class of Youth Awardees who will carry on the tradition of excellence from past recipients.  There is no shortage of Latino talent across the United States. We are grateful to our dedicated sponsors who understand the importance of investing in the youngest and most dynamic segment of our population.  We’re in good hands with these outstanding young leaders going forward.”

Applicants and recipients of the Youth Awards will be vetted and funneled into HHF’s Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) network, where they will be connected to 100,000 other students and professionals; have access to workshops/symposia/summits; as well as internships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 Companies.

Additional partners of the Youth Awards include: YWCA, Macy’s, CHCI, UPS and NASCAR.

About Hispanic Heritage Foundation

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation – a nonprofit established in 1987 – inspires, prepares, and connects innovative Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.  HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC and Los Angeles with satellite workspaces in New York, Silicon Valley, San Antonio, and Miami. Visit for more information. Follow HHF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


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