May 9, 2016 - Did you miss the 2016 HMC Latino Scholarship Luncheon?

Meet our 2016 Hispanic Chamber's Scholarship Recipients

Our 20th annual Oregon Latino Scholarship luncheon was held Tuesday, May 3rd at the Oregon Convention Center. 
This year, we awarded more than $173,000 in scholarship funds to 55 Latino high school and college students from Oregon and Southwest Washington.

This year's keynote speaker was Tania Sanchez, a Bilingual Admissions Coordinator at Portland State University. During her speech, Tania spoke about the immense financial diffulties her parents encountered during her college years, and the importance of self-sacrifice in pursuit of academic goals. Tania aslo shared the critical role the Chamber's scholarship played in her ability to pursue and complete her degree at Portland State University.

"The Hispanic Chamber's scholarship was the difference between my success and failure; the difference between being a Latino college dropout and being a Latino college graduate statistic. Having been awarded the scholarship as a high school senior, I had the confidence and determination to achieve my goals and not adhere to the pre-conceived notion of failure that had been imposed on me by others. Thanks to the Chamber’s investment in me, I was able to be the first in my family to walk across the stage and receive my college degree, see my parents in the crowd as I waived to them thinking to myself, I did it mom and dad, WE did it." 

Thank you to all our scholarship sponsors who make this possible. For a list of our corporate supporers please click here

Special thanks to our Scholarship Event Sponsors 

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HMC Board Member, Gerardo Ochoa, selected to participate in prestigious Senior Leadership Academy 
Congratulations to our board member Gerardo Ochoa, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Community Partnerships at Linfield College, on his selection to the prestigious Counsel of Independent College's Senior Leadership Academy during 2016 - 2017.
At the Leadership Academy, Gerardo will prepare for a position as Chief Officer in Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Finance, or Student Enrollment. He'll work alongside 30 nation-wide higher education administrators who will also participate in the Senior Leadership Academy's mentoring program, workshops, and webinars, and lead a year-long impact project for their respective campuses. 
While working at Linfield College, Gerardo has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping underserved students, and developing culturally-specific strategies for empowering students who cannot otherwise afford higher education.

"Oregon's demographics are rapidly changing; this change has shifted the demographic makeup of our students. I feel honored to be invited to the Senior Leadership Academy to learn with experienced professionals and enhance my leadership skills to help facilitate the challenges associated with change," said Gerardo.

"We are fortunate to have Gerardo's talent on our board and in our community. His contribution to our higher education work, particularly our scholarship program, is immeasureable," Oscar Arana, Hispanic Chamber President.    

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