Each year the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) sponsors the Youth Awards program to “honor young Latino leaders with grants for their college education or to fund a community service effort.” (http://hhfawards.hispanicheritage.org/2015/forms/about.php) The award is open to Latino high school seniors who have an average GPA of at least 3.5 and who serve as role models in their schools and communities. Selected students are honored “during 10 regional ceremonies with an audience of influential community leaders” and “receive grants for their education or for an idea or project to impact their communities.”
Last month senior Josh Casillas attended the awards program at Georgia State in Atlanta. Josh was one of about 200 winners from over 10,000 nationwide applicants. Josh applied for the Business and Entrepreneurship category and won the Bronze award ($1000). This was a matter of submitting an application that included nine 250-word essays about the student’s leadership, experiences, interests and aspirations.