Honda and Hispanic Scholarship Fund Honor Outstanding Latino Students With Scholarships and Internship Opportunities


Sixteen outstanding Latino undergraduate students from around the country were honored recently for academic excellence by Honda North America, Inc. and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) at the annual Scholar Awards Breakfast in Columbus, Ohio. Each student is eligible to receive a scholarship up to $5,000 to help pay for tuition, books and living expenses, pending verification of fall enrollment.

This year, Honda has added the opportunity for all recipients to interview on-site for Honda’s summer immersion internship program. If accepted, the students will receive an in- depth experience in an automobile manufacturing environment.
Students are selected for the scholarship based on their academic excellence. They must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

“Honda is very pleased to once again support the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and this incredible collection of next-generation leaders,” said Marc Burt, assistant vice president of the Honda Office of Inclusion and Diversity. “We believe that by supporting these students in their pursuit of higher-level education, the sky is the limit in terms of what they can accomplish.”

Following the breakfast, students traveled to Marysville, Ohio, for an inside look at Honda’s manufacturing and research and development operations in the state. They will also tour the Honda Heritage Center Museum, which features an array of historic, current and prototype products.

“It is more important, than ever, for us to provide students and families with the resources they need to successfully complete a higher education,” said Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund. “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Honda North America. This contribution demonstrates our partner’s continued commitment to the Hispanic community and higher education.”

2016 Students Selected for Scholarship:

 Adeline Longstreth, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Engineering Adrian Garcia Badaracco, University of California San Diego, Health | Science Alondra Vergara-Diaz, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Engineering
Brandon Werner, Baylor University, Business | Engineering Brian Luis, Boston University, Engineering | Health | Science
Carlos Mendez, Ohio State University, Engineering | Health | Science Cristina Guruceaga, Georgia Institute of Technology Main Campus, Business Diana Valenzuela, University of Southern California, Engineering
Ivan Ulloa Garcia, University of California Berkeley, Engineering Ivan Villamar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Science Jose Jarquin, University of California Irvine, Engineering
Joslyn Garcia, University of California Los Angeles, Engineering | Science Moses Kodur, University of California San Diego, Engineering
Patrick Lopez, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Engineering
Rene Perez Jr, University of California Santa Barbara, Engineering Sergio Tovar, University of Texas at Austin, Engineering | Other

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