DALLAS, TX-– Southwest Airlines, in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), announced today the opening of “Dandole Alas a Tu Exito/Giving Flight to Your Success,” its annual education travel award program.
A panel of judges will gather this summer to select students who will receive free travel to their colleges and universities. Each student is eligible to receive between one and four tickets for use by the student or immediate family to travel to/from a college or university.
The tickets are awarded to undergraduate and graduate Hispanic students with socio-economic needs who journey away from home to pursue higher education.
Online applications will be accepted through April 30, 2010, at www.hacu.net.
“HACU’s partnership with Southwest Airlines Lanzate Award has provided hundreds of students with travel over the past six years,” said Antonio R. Flores, HACU President and CEO. “For students who left home to pursue a higher education, a visit with family often is the tipping point for success. HACU is proud to partner with Southwest Airlines to help so many students on their educational journey.” With more than 1,500 applicants in the last five years, this is a successful educational program that serves underprivileged students, providing free travel for them and their families to maximize their potential and create opportunities for growth. “The Lanzate/Take Off travel award provides travel to students who, for example, might not get to go home during Christmas break. It can also give parents an opportunity to see their kids through their proudest moments, like moving into a dorm or graduation day,” said Christine Ortega, Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots Manager. “This contact removes barriers and gives each student more confidence to pursue the dream of higher education without worrying about economic hardships.”
All of the participants must submit an essay explaining why they deserve the travel award and what inspires them to pursue a college degree. To view the criteria for the 2010 award program, please visit: http://www.hacu.net/images/hacu/development/Lanzate/2010Criteria.pdf