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Hispanic Business Announces 2008 EOY Winner's Circle Scholarship Recipients

Sept. 29, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 29 -- Hispanic Business Inc. has announced the recipients of the 2008 EOY Winner's Circle Scholarships, to be awarded at Hispanic Business' annual EOY event honoring entrepreneurial excellence. Each scholarship includes a $1,500 award, with travel to and accommodations at the 2008 EOY Awards, held this year at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

The four 2008 Winner's Circle Scholarship recipients personify the next generation of accomplished Hispanics whom we salute each year at Hispanic Business magazine's EOY event. These individuals are achievers in diverse courses of study, and hail from across the United States.

Puerto Rican-born Elizabeth Padilla is a graduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology, scheduled to graduate in spring 2010 with her Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology. Ms. Padilla's participation in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Science Steering and Evaluation Panel in Potsdam, Germany solidified her career choice to become a scientist when she was able to witness first hand the opportunity to have her voice heard at an international forum. She looks forward to safeguarding the environment, and once a teacher, will educate her students on knowing that "opportunities are not waiting for them, and that they are in the drivers seat, responsible for chasing down opportunity." Ms. Padilla's Winner's Circle Scholarship is sponsored by Wachovia, a diversified financial services company that provides a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate and investment banking products and services.

Alejandro Virrueta spends his weekends delivering wine caskets and building wine cellars with his father, CEO of Pacific Wine Cellar Consultants. They travel from San Francisco to Bakersfield in their white Ford truck and talk about the old days, and his father's initiative and resiliency inspire Mr. Virrueta. At Stanford University, Mr. Virrueta studies Engineering and looks forward to being the first person in his family to hold a college degree. A positive role model for his younger siblings, he is eager to learn. Palladium Equity, a company that provides equity capital to companies seeking to grow, restructure or provide liquidity for shareholders, sponsors his Winner's Circle Scholarship.

Raised in Chicago, Illinois, Elias Popuch is a senior at Macalester College in Minnesota and is majoring in Geography. He is currently working on an honors project on the effects of Empowerment Zones on the economic development in Minneapolis, MN. Mr. Popuch aspires to become an urban planner and analyst, committed to social justice as it relates to the people and the spaces they occupy. He is also proficient in Spanish and teaches ESL to members of the Latino community. His Winner's Circle Scholarship is sponsored by KPMG, who helps clients successfully respond to changing opportunities by providing professional services, wherever and whenever they are needed.

Veronica Reyes is passionate about international development and is constantly exceeding her own expectations. A first generation Salvadorian American and winner of many scholastic achievements, she honors her success to her family's courage in leaving their homeland, a country engulfed by civil war. Next year she joins the MPA/MBA program at Harvard University and sets an example for Hispanic women everywhere as she completes undergraduate studies at USC in Public Relations. Currently a humanitarian and goodwill ambassador to the underrepresented population, she aspires to work for the United Nations Children's Fund and knows her commitment to education will help her work for impoverished communities. Her Winner's Circle Scholarship is sponsored by the Cordoba Corporation, a civil engineering, construction management, program management, and planning firm specializing in education, transportation, and water.

The Hispanic Business Winner's Circle Scholarship Fund is designed to assist 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 students 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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