By Juan Guillen
It’s not just baseball @ Yankee Stadium
HACER gives Latino Students $300,000 Scholarships
WOW!!! That was all Miguel González, winner of a $45,000 HACER scholarship, could say when he was notified he won right in the principal’s office at his high school. The Fairleigh Dickinson bound youngster, who will major in education, has an extra $45k available now towards his studies and also has the added confidence that comes with being recognized for his talents and hard work.
The annual RMHC/HACER Scholarship Program celebrated its 26th Anniversary. In total, they awarded $300,000 in scholarships to sixteen well-deserving students. While Miguel González won the biggest scholarship of $45,000, the remaining fifteen students won $17,000 each. (See photos)
The McDonald’s HACER 2013 Scholarship Welcome Reception was held at Yankee Stadium. It was hosted by McDonald’s Hispanic AOR, d expósito & Partners. Grammy nominated artist, and HACER Spokesperson, Frankie Negrón was Master of Ceremonies. Long-time supporter of HACER and Univision TV Personality, Rafael Pineda, joined the celebration and proudly informed attendees that one HACER scholarship is now named after him thus making him “immortal.”
Finally, there was a surprise performance by modern bachata sensation Karlos Rose. Also noteworthy was El Diario publisher, Rosanna Rosado, whose motivational speech shared that both of her two children received scholarships, which allowed her to fund a college education for her niece and nephew and help her cousin get out of jail, earn his G.E.D. and attend college. To me, this shows the power of each scholarship and what the possibilities are when we care as a family and stick together as a community.