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October 23, 2019

Chris de Hoyos

HACU partners present scholarship awards during 33rd Annual Conference

Corporate partners of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities awarded scholarships to students at the 33rd Annual Conference “Championing Hispanic Higher Education Success: Meeting the Challenge of Prosperity and Equality" on Oct. 5-7, 2019, at the Hilton Chicago in Chicago, Ill. Representatives from each corporation were on hand to present scholarship awards to each student.

U.S. Army Brigadier General Antonio Munera presented a scholarship of $182,500 on behalf of the Army to Alex Rodriguez. The award was presented on Oct. 7, 2019, during the Partnership Lunch.

During the Networking Dinner on Oct. 7, 2019, the following were presented:

Deloitte presented the Jorge A. Caballero Student Leadership Award to Karla Aguilar, an accounting major from The University of Texas at Austin. The $10,000 award was presented to Aguilar for demonstrating leadership qualities through academics and community involvement.

Three HACU-member institutions were also awarded grants and student teams received scholarships for The Ford Motor Company Fund C3 (College Community Challenge) grant program. The recipients collaborated with a non-profit on proposals to help address a local need and improve quality of life. The overarching theme of the Ford C3 Program is “Building Sustainable Communities.” The following were the recipients:

  • University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus & Fundacion Comunitaria de Puerto Rico - $10,000 grant and $1,000 academic scholarship for each student
  • San Bernardino Valley College & Restoring Hope - $7,500 grant and $500 academic scholarship for each student
  • University of North Texas & LULAC National Education Service Center Dallas - $4,000 grant and $250 academic scholarship for each student

Miller-Coors presented the Jose R. Ruano Student Leadership Award to three students. Recipients of the award served as a HACU Leader-in-Residence on their campus and demonstrated academic, professional, and civic engagement leadership.

The three recipients were:

  • Hector Cardenas-Zepeda - Aurora University
  • Oscar Medrano - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • Leonardo Caballero - College of Staten Island, CUNY

Photo captions L-R: U.S. Army Representative, Alex Rodriguez, HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores and Brigadier General Antonio Munera; Jorge A. Caballero, Karla Aguilar and HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores.


Photo captions L-R: Jennifer Cortez, community outreach specialist of Ford Motor Company presents scholarships to top three teams; Jose Ruano and the three award recipients with Miller-Coors' Alberto Senior, director of multicultural community commerce & partnerships, and Antonio R. Flores, HACU president and CEO.