Colgate-Palmolive continues its ongoing partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to announce the open application period for this year’s Haz la U educational grant program. The initiative will support the HHF’s Youth Awards program through its Community Service category, focusing on community-minded students. Thirty-one winners will be selected based on a demonstration of excellence in volunteerism and leadership in 10 regions across the nation.
The Haz la U program has been promoting the importance of education among Latinos, and has helped Hispanic high school students on the path to higher education over the past nine years. This year, eligible students can apply for grants online from now through October 2017. Colgate will distribute a total of $100,000 to 31 students selected by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to receive an Haz la U educational grant, to help finance their first year of college.
“Colgate strongly believes in the importance of preparing and giving future generations of Latinos the tools to become leaders in their communities,” said Carla Kelly, General Manager of Multicultural Marketing at Colgate-Palmolive. “It is a privilege to continue the partnership with the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Foundation as they share our commitment to the community and values the interest in supporting Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities through financial support.”
Last year, to encourage more students to apply for a grant and pursue higher education, Colgate shared an English (youtube.com/watch?v=AMBtd2HkqYw) and Spanish-language (youtube.com/watch?v=jnCrqJwB934) documentary short of former Haz la U winner and first-year college student Jennifer Muñoz, highlighting her path to educational success.
“We’re proud to partner with Colgate for ‘Haz la U,’ which will provide educational assistance and encouragement to young Latinos in America,” said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “This program invites students to celebrate their Latino culture, reinforces the importance of educational advancement and empowers applicants to become the drivers of their own destiny.”
For more information about Haz la U and application guidelines, visit Colgate.com/HazLaU, HHFYouthAwards.com or www.HispanicHeritage.org