HSF honors individuals who demonstrate the ability to transform the lives of students, their families, and their communities.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund celebrated its 12th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Gala at the Hilton Midtown Hotel in New York this last October. Every year, HSF uses this annual event to give special recognition to a group of HSF alumni and other outstanding Hispanic role models, who demonstrate – through their achievements, leadership, and excellence – how a college education can transform the lives of students, families, and communities.
This year’s honorees included HSF Founder, Ernesto Zazueta Robles; American civil rights activist, life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and former President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, Raul Yzaguirre; Research Assistant at University of Illinois at Chicago, Lisa Aponte-Soto; Chief Education Consultant, Magdeleno LLC, Raul Mateo; and Assistant Residency Director of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Associate Director of the Office for Multicultural Careers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Dr. Christian Arbelaez. The Coca-Cola Company was the corporate honoree of the evening.
HSF also announced its Groundbreaking partnerships with Wells Fargo and Target.
Television and online journalist, Carmen Wong Ulrich and actor, Adam Rodríguez were co-hosts of the gala.
The night began with a rendition of the National Anthem, sung by America’s Got Talent superstar Sebastien De La Cruz. Immediately following his performance of the anthem, De La Cruz was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to pursue his educational and professional goals.
Over the course of the evening, $1.1 million was raised through sponsorships and HSF’s new, mobile device application, “Text to Donate” – funds that will be used to support individuals seeking a path to higher education. The night ended with a performance by award-winning, Latin singer, Frankie Negrόn.