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June 22, 2017

(updated 7/22 updated student contestants in bold)

2017 Hispanic College Quiz student contestants announced 

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions have announced the nine students who participate in the Hispanic College Quiz show. Students from the following HACU-member institutions will compete for scholarships by answering questions on Latino history in a game show format. Thank you to all the institutions that submitted an entry. 

Congratulations to the following institutions and their students:

  • Adelphi University (N.Y.) Student: Mario Romero Ramirez |Coach: Estefania Zea, project coordinator, diversity & inclusion 
  • Coastal Bend College (Texas) Student: Luis Martinez | Coach: Cynthia Alvarado-Stinson, Ed.D, interim site director
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo Student: Yolanda Gamboa | Coach: Fawn-Amber Montoya, Ph.D., associate professor/coordinator of Chicano studies 
  • Florida Atlantic University Student: Lia Castillo | Coach: Marlynn Lopez, Assistant Director, Cultural Competence Training & Diversity Initiatives   
  • Laredo Community College (Texas) Student: Francisco Gallardo | Coach: Rosemary Aguero, advisement coordinator advocate, Title V- Building Scholars Program 
  • Oklahoma Panhandle State University Student: Ami Torres | Coach: Teri Mora, director of Hispanic student services, director of Upward Bound
  • Pasadena City College (Calif.) Student: Santos G. Martinez | Coach: Carlos “Tito” Altamirano, PCC Pathways coordinator 
  • Savannah State University (Ga.) Student: Mercedes Guzman| Coach: Francisco J. Duque, multicultural outreach coordinator
  • South Mountain Community College (Ariz.) Student:  Jose Cabrera | Coach: Summer Cherland, Ph.D., history professor, MEChA advisor 
The coaches (a staff/faculty member of the institution) participated in a conference call to discuss the details of the show and related study guide on June 23. The students and their coach are attending the taping in Nashville, Tennessee, from July 21-23.
All scholarships will be awarded in the fall. Second place winners of Game 1-3 will be awarded a $500 scholarship. Third place winners of Game 1-3 will receive a $250 scholarship First place winners of Games 1-3 will receive scholarships depending on their placement in Game 4 - the Championship Game as follows: first place $4,500, second place $2,250, and third 3rd place $1,000.
All three students of game 4 will also receive paid travel expenses and registration to attend the Student Track of HACU's 31st Annual Conference, Oct. 28-30, 2017, in San Diego. California. The students will be recognized at HACU's Annual Conference, Networking dinner on Oct. 30.
The show will be broadcast nationally, Sept. 3 - Oct. 16, during Hispanic Heritage Month. The broadcast schedule will be posted on HACU’s website upon availability.