Hispanic Business magazine´s scholarship program began in 1990. Since then, it has been instrumental in spearheading efforts to support Hispanic student education.
2008 EOY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS BIOS
Elizabeth Padilla Georgia Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Padilla is a Ph.D candidate at the Georgia Institute of Technology´s Environmental
Microbiology program. Ms. Padilla was sure she wanted to become a scientist after traveling to Postdam,
Germany to participate in the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Science Steering and Evaluation Panel
in Potsdam. She hopes to use her degree to safeguard the environment, and as a teacher urge her students to
create their own opportunities.
Ms. Padilla´s Winner´s Circle Scholarship is sponsored by Wachovia, a diversified financial services
company that provides a broad range of retail banking and brokerage, asset and wealth management, and corporate
and investment banking products and services.
Alejandro Virrueta Stanford University
The son of Mexican immigrants, Alejandro Virrueta spends his weekends traveling from San Francisco
to Bakersfield delivering wine caskets and building wine cellars with his father, CEO of Pacific Wine Cellar
Consultants. His father´s initiative and resiliency inspire Mr. Virrueta, who graduated valedictorian
of Sierra High School in 2008 and now attends Stanford University where he studies Mechanical Engineering.
Mr. Virrueta looks forward to being the first person in his family to hold a college degree.
His Winner´s Circle Scholarship is sponsored by Palladium Equity, a company that provides equity capital
to companies seeking to grow, restructure or provide liquidity for shareholders.
Elias Popuch Macalester College
Elias Popuch is a senior majoring in Geography at Macalester College in Minnesota. He is currently working
on an honors project on the effects of Empowerment Zones on the economic development in Minneapolis, MN.
Mr. Popuch aspires to become an urban planner and analyst, committed to social justice as it related to the
people and the spaces they occupy. He is proficient in Spanish and teaches ESL to members of the Hispanic community.
His Winner´s Circle Scholarship is sponsored by KPMG, a company that helps its clients successfully respond to
changing opportunities by providing professional services, wherever and whenever they are needed.
Veronica Reyes USC
Veronica Reyes is passionate about international development. A first generation Salvadorian American,
she attributes her success to her family´s courage in leaving their homeland, a country engulfed by civil war.
Ms. Reyes will graduate from USC in 2009 with a master´s degree in Public Administration, then pursue an MBA at
Harvard University. Ms. Reyes aspires to work for the United Nations Children’s Fund to aid impoverished communities.
Her Winner´s Circle Scholarship is sponsored by the Cordoba Corporation, a civil engineering, construction
management, program management, and planning firm specializing in education, transportation, and water.