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Hispanic Scholarship Fund Established at Cornell University

March 20, 2013


Cornell Business School

The Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL) has established a $150,000 scholarship fund at Cornell University to help empower Hispanic students to become leaders in the workplace, the group announced.

The scholarship at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management will provide all Hispanic MBA students with access to the CHL's online Hispanic Leadership Academy. The three-year grant is the next step in the long partnership between the training organization and the university.

"Our goal is to inspire and empower Hispanic/Latino students to become leaders in the workplace -- with the understanding that our cultural values and our inherent diversity of thought provide us with a distinct competitive advantage that can no longer be ignored," said Glenn Llopis, founder of CHL, in a statement. His 97-year-old father, Frank, was the first Hispanic student to graduate with a chemical engineering degree in 1940.

CHL's online curriculum will focus on helping MBA students at Cornell elevate their career preparedness, increase their overall market value and strengthen their leadership qualities, Llopis said. Hispanics will make up 18 percent of the labor force by 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

"We are extremely thankful for CHL's generous donation of a three-year scholarship grant for Johnson at Cornell students to participate in the online Hispanic Leadership Academy (HLA)," said Nsombi B. Ricketts, senior director of Johnson Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "HLA will provide critical trainings in leadership, career advancement and entrepreneurship to develop our Hispanic/Latino students into global leaders."

CHL is a consulting and training organization focused on issues regarding Hispanic growth strategies. The company's library includes published books, whitepapers and blogs.

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