The Hispanic Scholarship Fund will recognize Hispanic scholars and community leaders at its Leaders in Education Awards event on May 8 in Los Angeles.
Nely Galán, an HSF board member and Emmy-winning producer, will serve as master of ceremonies. The event is expected to draw more than 300 attendees, including leaders from major corporations, lawmakers, teachers, and HSF Scholars and alumni, according to a news release.
HSF Scholars and their parents "serve as beacons in advancing Latino higher education," Fidel A. Vargas, HSF president and CEO, said in a statement.
This year's five female finalists are Veronica Cortes, California State University-San Marcos; Patricia Leal-Gutierrez, UCLA; Adriana Ramos, Claremont McKenna College; Amy Lopez Rivera, University of Redlands; and Karen Villegas, UCLA.
The five male finalists are Francisco Arca, UC Irvine; Ruben España and Osvaldo Gonzalez, both from the University of Southern California; and Joshue Leyva and Martin Vazquez, both from UCLA.
This year's HSF Parent of the Year award goes to Ana Maria Marinez and Gabriel Marinez Herrera of Oxnard.
The GE Hispanic Forum, an employee-based affinity group, earned the Community Partner of the Year honor.
HSF also named the Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm as its 2014 Corporate Partner of the Year.
Founded in 1975, HSF provides scholarships to Hispanic students, as well as related support services.
The Leaders in Education Awards will be presented on May 8 at the JW Marriott at L.A. Live! in Los Angeles.
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