OAKLAND, Calif., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Clorox Company and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) announced the twelve recipients of the Clorox Suena Sin Limites ('Dream Without Limits') scholarship program, aimed at supporting college-bound Hispanic high schoolers and Hispanic moms. From the nearly 5,000 applications received, six mothers and six high school seniors will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship each to attend an accredited U.S. university during the 2013-2014 school year. Aspiring students were asked to submit an essay detailing their academic goals and how a scholarship would enable them to make their biggest dreams a reality and in turn give back to their family and community.
"At Clorox we recognize the importance of dreaming big and pursuing a higher education degree as the key to a brighter future," said Robin M. Santos, PR Manager at The Clorox Company. "Along with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, we are proud to be able to have a positive impact in the personal and professional lives of six remarkable Hispanic high school seniors and six deserving Hispanic mothers through our Suena Sin Limites scholarships."
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund was pleased to collaborate with Clorox to bring to life this first-time-ever partnership targeting U.S. Hispanic moms, in addition to high school seniors.
"At HSF we are thrilled with the success of the Clorox Suena Sin Limites scholarship program and are honored to be the channel through which twelve Hispanic moms and teens now have the possibility of realizing their higher education goals," said Fidel Vargas, President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "With Clorox's investment we are one step closer to putting a college degree in every U.S. Hispanic household."
Television host Galilea Montijo gave a special recognition to the scholarship winners on May 4, 2013 at the Univision's Familia y Hogar Expo in Miami.
"I am excited to learn about the stories of the Hispanic moms and students who have been selected to receive the Clorox Suena Sin Limites scholarships," said Galilea Montijo. "As a dreamer, a mother and a scholarship recipient, I feel a personal connection to the Clorox initiative and truly believe that it is never too late for Latina moms to pursue a higher education in search of a better future for themselves and their children."
The twelve recipients of the $10,000 Suena Sin Limites scholarships, selected based on HSF's general eligibility criteria and the quality of their essay, are:
-- Rocio Aguilar - Oakland, California -- Cynthia Garcia - Bethany, Oklahoma -- Yazmin Gonzalez -Los Angeles, California -- Miguelina Meireles - Phoenix, Arizona -- Jessika Munoz - Longmont, Colorado -- Robin Rivera - San Ramon, California
High School Seniors:
-- Jocelyne Aranda - Chicago, Illinois -- Andrea Castillo - Chicago, Illinois -- Belkis Jacquez - Las Cruces, Nuevo Mexico -- Alejandra Ortega - Houston, Texas -- Emerson Salmeron Rubio - Lawrenceville, Georgia -- Reynerio Sanchez - Miami, Florida
For more information on Suena Sin Limites and the scholarship recipients, visit www.SuenaSinLimites.com
The Clorox CompanyThe Clorox Company is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with approximately 8,400 employees and fiscal year 2012 revenues of $5.5 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Clorox Healthcare(TM), HealthLink(R), Aplicare(R) and Dispatch(R) products, Green Works(R) naturally derived home care products, Pine-Sol(R) cleaners, Poett(R) home care products, Fresh Step(R) cat litter, Glad(R) bags, wraps and containers, Kingsford(R) charcoal, Hidden Valley(R) and KC Masterpiece(R) dressings and sauces, Brita(R) water-filtration products, and Burt's Bees(R) and gud(R) natural personal care products. Nearly 90 percent of the company's brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. Clorox's commitment to corporate responsibility includes making a positive difference in its communities. In fiscal year 2012, The Clorox Company Foundation awarded $3.5 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $15 million. For more information, visit TheCloroxCompany.com.
About Hispanic Scholarship FundFounded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford. As the nation's leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. To date, HSF has awarded over $400 million in scholarships and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation. HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy for generations to come. For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund please visit: www.HSF.netThe Clorox Company