Honda and Hispanic Scholarship Fund Honor Outstanding Latino Students With Scholarships and Internship Opportunities

Aug 18, 2016 – COLUMBUS, Ohio Sixteen outstanding Latino undergraduate students from around the country were honored recently for academic excellence by Honda North...

Aug 18, 2016 - COLUMBUS, Ohio
Sixteen outstanding Latino undergraduate students from around the country were honored recently for academic excellence by Honda North America, Inc. and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) at the annual Scholar Awards Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio. Each student is eligible to receive a scholarship up to $5,000 to help pay for tuition, books and living expenses, pending verification of fall enrollment.
This year, Honda has added the opportunity for all recipients to interview on-site for Honda's summer immersion internship program. If accepted, the students will receive an in- depth experience in an automobile manufacturing environment.
Students are selected for the scholarship based on their academic excellence. They must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
"Honda is very pleased to once again support the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and this incredible collection of next-generation leaders," said Marc Burt, assistant vice president of the Honda Office of Inclusion and Diversity. "We believe that by supporting these students in their pursuit of higher-level education, the sky is the limit in terms of what they can accomplish."
Following the breakfast, students traveled to Marysville, Ohio, for an inside look at Honda's manufacturing and research and development operations in the state. They will also tour the Honda Heritage Center Museum, which features an array of historic, current and prototype products.
"It is more important, than ever, for us to provide students and families with the resources they need to successfully complete a higher education," said Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Honda North America. This contribution demonstrates our partner's continued commitment to the Hispanic community and higher education."
2016 Students Selected for Scholarship:
Adeline Longstreth, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Engineering
Adrian Garcia Badaracco, University of California San Diego, Health | Science
Alondra Vergara-Diaz, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Engineering
Brandon Werner, Baylor University, Business | Engineering
Brian Luis, Boston University, Engineering | Health | Science
Carlos Mendez, Ohio State University, Engineering | Health | Science
Cristina Guruceaga, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Business
Diana Valenzuela, University of Southern California, Engineering
Ivan Ulloa Garcia, University of California Berkeley, Engineering
Ivan Villamar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Science
Jose Jarquin, University of California Irvine, Engineering
Joslyn Garcia, University of California Los Angeles, Engineering | Science
Moses Kodur, University of California San Diego, Engineering
Patrick Lopez, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Engineering
Rene Perez Jr, University of California Santa Barbara, Engineering
Sergio Tovar, University of Texas at Austin, Engineering | Other
For more information about Honda's partnership with the HSF, please visit
About Honda
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work.
Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help young people see and achieve their own dreams. Honda's partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of many programs demonstrating Honda's commitment to the Latino community and to helping young people access The Power of Dreams. Find out more at
About Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford. As the nation's leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. HSF has awarded over $330 million in scholarships over the past 36 years and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation. HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy for generations to come.

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