Previous recipients of Hispanic Heritage Scholarships. The fund helping these students attend college has gotten a $1 million grant. (Courtesy photo / August 14, 2014)
More Central Florida Hispanic students could get help going to college thanks to a $1 million grant to the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando.
The two-year grant from the Helios Education Foundation, which funds initiatives in Arizona and Florida, will not only increase the number of scholarships granted, it will also help the fund create an endowment and create a long-term plan.
"This is a transformative opportunity," said Adriana Comellas-Macretti, the chair of the fund's board. "Thanks to this partnership, the HHSFMO will also be able to increase college enrollment and graduation rates for Hispanic students in Central Florida and provide funds to scholars for years to come."
To date the fund has awarded more than $950,000 to help 239 students attend local colleges and universities. That includes 30 new recipients, all of whom are of Hispanic descent and attending Central Florida colleges, who were awarded scholarships today.
Scholarships are also paid for by other funders including the Hispanic Bar Association, Osceola Education Foundation, the Osceola/Kissimmee Hispanic Business Council, Casa de Mexico and Rollins College.