—Lisa Pino, Deputy Administrator, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Program Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee.
Thirty-five years ago, HSF awarded its first $30,000 in scholarships to 115 deserving students. Since then, we have provided tens of thousands of Hispanic students with the means to earn a college degree.
Today, HSF has grown into the nation’s most widely recognized Hispanic-serving nonprofit, having allocated nearly $300 million in scholarships to more than 50,000 Latino students across the country. This year alone, we awarded $29.8 million to more than 4,300 deserving scholars. We also reached over 20,000 students and families through our college-knowledge community workshops, and hundreds of thousands more through a national public service ad campaign.
As we look towards the future, we continue to leverage existing relationships and engage new partners across the country. Our goal is to forge a network that will work together to ensure college is attainable for all Hispanics, and ensure the future of America for generations to come.
With our continued commitment to Hispanic higher education, determined leadership, innovative programming, and sustained support from corporations, individuals, foundations, and educators, we believe this goal is within reach.