News anchor and journalist Soledad O'Brien is slated to moderate the "Latinos in Higher Education: Staying in School & Achieving Success" panel at Festival People en Espanol in San Antonio over the Labor Day weekend. U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, Univision anchor Pamela Silva-Conde and Dream Act activist Benita Velez will be on the panel.
"Education should be the surest path to success for all Americans," Mr. Castro, who represents Texas' 20th Congressional District, said in a statement. "I look forward to having a conversation in my hometown of San Antonio about coming together as a community to ensure that education is affordable and accessible to all students."
Panel topics will range from policy and legislation to scholarships and funding, according to a release.
Individual community events aimed at supporting education for Hispanic students in San Antonio will precede the panel. These include Aug. 30 appearances by Disney Channel star Adam Irigoyen, boxer Sergio Martinez, and Olympian Marlen Esparza.
Two students will receive a $10,000 Time Warner/ People en Espanol scholarship in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), and MundoFox will contribute an $8,000 scholarship in partnership with HSF.
To be eligible for the scholarships, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. They must also apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be of Hispanic heritage and live in San Antonio.
Festival People en Espanol is free to the public at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Aug. 31-Sept. 1, along with live evening performances at the Alamodome.
VIA Metropolitan Transit will offer free special event park and ride service to the Gonzalez Convention Center and the Alamodome.
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