Honda Partners with Hispanic Scholarship Fund to Award Assistance to Hispanic College Students
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) today announced the awarding of scholarship assistance to 16 outstanding Latino undergraduate students from around the country at today's Scholar Awards Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio.
Selected based on their demonstrated academic excellence, interest in science and engineering, and knowledge of the automotive industry, each student recipient received $5,000 to help in their pursuit of a higher education, along with other opportunities to expand their career horizons.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, students were required to carry a major in business administration, chemical, electrical, industrial, or mechanical engineering, and maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. Selections were also based on knowledge of the automotive industry. The grants will help students pay for tuition, books and living expenses.
This year's winners are:
Andre Marin, North Dakota State University – Electrical Engineering
Victor Rosario-Melendez, University of Puerto Rico – Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan Larrazabal, New Jersey Institute of Technology – Mechanical Engineering
Mark Kachelmyer, Texas A&M University – Engineering
Paige Sanchez, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University– Mechanical Engineering
Samy Amar, Stevens Institute of Technology – Mechanical Engineering
Maria Correa, St. Mary's University – Industrial Engineering/Technology
Ernesto Covarrubias-Flores, Cal State Univ., Los Angeles – Mechanical Engineering
Alexander Oliva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Electrical Engineering
Spencer Hernandez, University of California – Irvine – Chemical Engineering
Esteban de la Torre, University of California – Davis – Electrical Engineering
Jeronimo Mora, University of California – Davis – Mechanical Engineering
Moses Kodur, University of California – San Diego – Chemical Engineering
Eduardo Aguirre, University of Texas – Arlington – Electrical Engineering
Alexandra Reyes, Texas Tech University – Petroleum Engineering
Alexander Guerra, University of Oklahoma – Mechanical Engineering
During the award program held in Columbus, the scholarship recipients heard from speakers including Honda Executive Vice President Rick Schostek, who spoke about the opportunities that a quality education can provide in today's automotive manufacturing field.
In addition, the students and their guests attended a Columbus Clippers minor league baseball game on Monday night and took a tour of the assembly line at the Marysville Auto Plant on Tuesday.
"Honda is proud to have partnered with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and to provide help to the next generation of engineers," said Marc Burt, Assistant Vice President, Office of Inclusion & Diversity. "Honda is always looking ahead to the future of innovation, and we are excited to do something for those young minds that are going to lead us into that future."
For more information about Honda's partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit at www.HSF.net.
Honda was the first Japanese automaker to produce automobiles in America. Today, the company produces nearly 95 percent of all Honda and Acura automobiles sold in America in the region.
Honda employs more than 25,000 associates at 16 plants in North America with the capacity to produce more than 4 million Honda and Acura products each year, including 1.92 million automobiles, 340,000 power equipment products and 1.8 million general purpose engines, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
Eight auto plants in the region, including four in the U.S., manufacture 11 Honda and Acura models, including four passenger cars and seven light trucks using domestic and globally sourced parts. A fifth U.S. auto plant, the Performance Manufacturing Center, is under construction in Marysville, Ohio, and next year will become the exclusive global production location for the next generation Acura NSX. The company also is constructing the third Honda automobile transmission plant in the region in Celaya, Mexico, and a plant in Burlington, North Carolina, for production of the GE-Honda HF120 turbofan jet engine.
Honda has invested more than $2.7 billion in its North American manufacturing operations over the past two years, including more than $1 billion in its U.S. factories. In 2013, the company produced a record 1.72 million automobile in North America and purchased a record $25.5 billion in parts and materials from its more than 650 North American suppliers.
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