The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), held its annual the Leaders in Education Awards (LEA) Luncheon on April 7th in Los Angeles to recognize distinguished HSF Scholars, parents, a community partner, and a corporate partner for their exemplary service as champions of  higher education for Hispanic students.

“The amazing individuals and organizations we recognized at the 2015 Leaders in Education Awards set a high bar for what it means to be a leader in advancing education for Hispanic students across the country,” said Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  “At HSF, we are using every means at our disposal – new technology, new programs, new ways of giving more students and families than ever before, the resources they need to pursue higher education.  The outstanding leadership demonstrated by our 2015 LEA honorees is an inspiration, as we continue this important work,” he said.

Announced at the LEA luncheon are HSF’s Female Scholar of the Year, Natalie Aguirre, a biology major at Pepperdine University, and Male Scholar of the Year, Chris Soriano, a biology major at the University of California, Los Angeles.  Each was chosen from a field of ten finalists among hundreds of candidates for the honor.


Awards were also presented for the following:


LEA Parents of the Year – Patricia and Juan Garcia for supporting, encouraging, guiding, and inspiring their children to pursue higher education.

LEA Community Partner of the Year – National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund for their partnership with HSF, in supporting Latino students’ academic development and access to higher education.

LEA Corporate Partner of the Year – The Walt Disney Company in recognition of its long-standing philanthropic commitment and support of the Hispanic community.

Sponsors of the 2015 Leaders in Education Awards were Diamante Sponsor Wells Fargo; Platino Sponsors Anheuser-Busch, McNamara Family Foundation, Orrick,

Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP; The College Board, and Toyota; and Oro Sponsors American Honda Motor Company and Esther Rudis & Associates, Inc.

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