NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers for FESTIVAL PEOPLE EN ESPANOL Presented by Target--the multi-faceted celebration of Hispanic entertainment and culture--are proud to announce details for "Latinos in Higher Education: Staying in School and Achieving Success" panel hosted by award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien, taking place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 31 at 2pm(CT). The discussion will feature segments that address a variety of critical issues with feedback from public figures who have overcome challenges to achieve success. The panel also follows individual community events aimed at supporting education for Hispanic students in San Antonio including Aug. 30 appearances from Festival performers, Disney Channel star Adam Irigoyen at Robert G. Cole Middle and High School at Ft. Sam Houston military base, and HBO Latino boxer Sergio Martinez, and Olympic medal-winning boxer and HBO Latino's Habla Women participant Marlen Esparza at Lanier High School in District 5 .
Confirmed participants for the panel about the future of Latinos in education include Congressman Joaquin Castro, Pamela Silva-Conde, co-anchor of Univision News' Primer Impacto and Benita Velez, DreamAct activist. Beyond the panels, two recipients in San Antonio will receive the Time Warner/ People en Espanol Scholarship valued at $10,000 in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). MundoFox will contribute an $8,000 scholarship in partnership with HSF. Each scholarship must be used in the 2013-14 academic year.
-- Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher -- Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident -- Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) -- Be of Hispanic heritage -- Selected students must be residents of San Antonio
"Education has meant everything for my family and me. But, the importance of education is not unique to my family. Education should be the surest path to success for all Americans," said Congressman Joaquin Castro [TX-20]. "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."
"Latinos in Higher Education: Staying in School and Achieving Success" panel topics will range from policy and legislation to scholarships and funding.
Set for this Labor Day weekend (Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1) in San Antonio, Texas, FESTIVAL PEOPLE EN ESPANOL Presented by Target offers free open-to-the-public daytime activities at The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and a mix of live performances each evening at the Alamodome. VIA Metropolitan Transit will offer free special event park and ride service to the People en Espanol Festival in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and the Alamodome Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Park and ride service will be offered to Festival from the Crossroads Park and Ride, the Randolph Boulevard Park and Ride, and the Frank Madla Transit Center from 8:30 a.m. through midnight on both days, and return service from the Alamodome will run for 45 minutes after the end of the concerts.
The presenting sponsor for Festival PEOPLE EN ESPANOL 2013 is Target and major sponsors include Coca-Cola, Jeep and MundoFox. Official sponsors are Bexar County, Interjet, HBO Latino, Pine Sol, the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.