Latino Scholarship Awards Go to 43 Students

Francisco Sanchez, U.S. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade, is keynote speaker.


By Barbara Melendez News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 12, 2010) – Francisco Sanchez, U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, will be the keynote speaker at the annual University of South Florida Latino Scholarship Awards program Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marshall Student Center on the Tampa campus.


“The program has outgrown Theatre I in the arts complex,” said Interim Director of the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity Patsy Feliciano. “This is a testament to our growth and development over the 19 years the program has been in existence.” 


The reception will be held in the Marshall Center Ballroom and the award ceremony in the Marshall Center Oval Theatre. A total of 43 new students will be awarded this year equally divided between freshman and transfer students. 


 “We are especially gratified that the Helios Education Foundation has once again provided matching funding to leverage community gifts received during the 2010 year,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “And we are delighted to have as many as 274 USF alumni who are also alumni of the Latino Scholarship program. They are serving our communities as professionals in fields such as education, nursing, medicine, law, engineering, accounting and so many others, making a truly positive difference.” 


Twenty-four Latino Scholarship award recipients graduated in 2010, 17 of whom are going on to pursue graduate degrees. Three of the students were accepted to Berkeley School of Law, Stetson University College of Law and University of Florida Law School. 


“As we approach our 20th anniversary there is so much to be proud of,” Feliciano said. “We are close to reaching the $2 million mark in scholarships awarded to academically talented, first-generation students who need financial assistance. The only other requirement is that they are involved in the Latino community in the Tampa Bay area.”


There are currently 114 students participating in the Latino Scholarship program, each paired with a scholarship sponsor/mentor who serves as role model until the student graduates. 


“The mentoring part of the program is a hallmark of its success,” Feliciano said. “They provide key ingredients, guidance, encouragement and opportunities.”


For more information about the Latino Scholarship Program visit

or call (813) 974-4373.