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Hispanic Business Announces 2007 Winner's Circle Scholarship Recipients

April 5, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Hispanic Business Inc. has announced the recipients of the 2007 Winner's Circle Scholarships, to be awarded at Hispanic Business' annual Woman of the Year event. Each scholarship includes a $1,500 award, with travel to and accommodations at the 2007 Woman of the Year Awards, held this year at Caesars Palace Las Vegas April 26th.

The four 2007 Winner's Circle Scholarship recipients personify the next generation of accomplished Hispanic women whom we salute each year at Hispanic Business magazine's Woman of the Year event. They are achievers in diverse courses of study, and hail from across the United States.

The daughter of Cuban immigrants, Carmen Garcia is a senior at the University of Miami, scheduled to graduate cum laude in spring 2007 with a major in Finance and a minor in Chemistry. At UM, Ms. Garcia co-founded Business Scrubs, an organization whose mission is to teach pre-health students business principles necessary for managing a successful practice. She will begin dental school in August at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in Philadelphia and plans to apply for the dual DMD-MBA program offered by the Wharton School of Business. Ms. Garcia's Winner's Circle Scholarship is sponsored by law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius; 2006 WOY finalist and 2007 WOY panel discussion moderator Anne Marie Estevez is a partner in their Miami office.

Olga Abinader emigrated with her parents to Salem, Massachusetts from the Dominican Republic as a child. In 2005 she earned a B.A. in Urban Studies and Architectural Studies from Brown University, magna cum laude with election to Phi Beta Kappa. She co-founded the Brown University chapter of the Circle K Club for community service, and since 2005 has worked on the Mashpee Commons master plan at Boston-based Imai Keller Moore Architects. Ms. Abinader is pursuing a master's in Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she is a Presidential Scholar. Hudson, a global professional staffing company, sponsors her Winner's Circle Scholarship.

Raised in Brownsville, Texas, Roxanne Martinez is a junior at Stanford University majoring in Mathematical and Computational Science. She is a teaching fellow in Algebra II for Stanford's Upward Bound Saturday Academy and a member of several honor societies, including the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, the Google Scholars Program and the Hispanic College Fund Scholars Program. This summer, Ms. Martinez will work as a laboratory intern for the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. Her Winner's Circle Scholarship is sponsored by the Maria Elena Palicio Foundation, honoring the mother of 2007 Hispanic Business magazine Woman of the Year, Maria Elena Lagomasino.

Zeida Rojas, who fled the civil war in El Salvador with her family as an 8-year-old, completed undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin in Hispanic Studies and Biology. Currently a Doctor of Public Health student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Health Management and Policy, she also received her master's in Public Health from UNT HSC, and completed her thesis on the role of faith-based organizations in HIV/AIDS resource allocation in sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Rojas is working as a community benefit analyst for Texas Health Resources and partnering with the Texas Public Health Institute to develop a statewide community benefit strategy. Her Winner's Circle Scholarship is sponsored by the Castellano Family Foundation, created by the family of 2007 Woman of the Year finalist Carmela Castellano-Garcia.

The Hispanic Business Winner's Circle Scholarship Fund is designed to assist female Hispanic students with education-related costs as they complete their undergraduate or post-graduate education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis to students enrolled full time at accredited colleges, universities or community colleges. It is open to Hispanic women who have demonstrated leadership and civic or community involvement, and have completed a minimum of 15 undergraduate semester credits after high school graduation with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

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Hillary Lannan
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