First Coast Hispanic Chamber Announces 2016 Achieving the Dream Scholarship Recipients

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August 31, 2016 – JACKSONVILLE, FL – The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) is proud of their impact to the lives of more than one hundred scholarship recipients for their signature program, Achieving the Dream Scholarship, for over 24 years. Applicants undergo a rigorous process handled by a committee of community leaders determined to award the 13 scholarships (valued at $2,500 each) to outstanding qualified Hispanic students of Northeast Florida.

These students will be recognized for their achievements at the Hispanic Heritage Gala and Achieving the Dream Scholarship Awards presented by eMed Multispecialty Group on Thursday, September 22, 2016. The gala is from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. at The Club Continental, 2143 Astor St., Orange Park, FL 32073.

The scholarship program enables students who work hard and achieve academic excellence to start or continue their education. FCHCC Community Development Fund awards these scholarships based on primary criteria of financial need (30%) and academics (minimum GPA 3.0) (25%). The remaining points are assessed based on a finalist interview, letters of recommendation, an essay, extracurricular activities, community involvement and honors/awards.

FCHCC congratulates an impressive group of 2016 Achieving the Dream Scholarship recipients.

Jaime Avila, Florida State College at JacksonvilleMaria Rojas, New York University
Vanessa Jimenez-Read, Swarthmore CollegeCesar Sanchez, University of Florida
Briana Lopez, University of North FloridaDanielle Torres, St. Johns River State College
Kathie Alejandra Orozco, University of North FloridaGabriel Valdes, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gabrielle Perez, Florida State UniversityScarlett Vicente, University of Florida
Moises Pichardo, University of FloridaManuel Vilaro, University of Florida
Thalia Rey, University of Florida

Major donors for the 2016 scholarships are The Grainger Foundation, Florida Blue, and EverBank. Sponsorship opportunities are available at the event and a silent auction will be held to raise funds for the 2017 Achieving the Dream Scholarships.

For tickets and additional information about the FCHCC Hispanic Heritage Gala and Achieving the Dream Scholarship Awards, click here.

Follow @fchccflorida and hashtag #FCHCC2016gala on Twitter for the latest updates on the Hispanic Heritage Gala and Achieving the Dream Scholarship Awards. Univision 18 Jacksonville is a Strategic Partner of the FCHCC.

About the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) was created to encourage and promote sound, ethical and successful business practices in the Hispanic community and to further the recognition of Hispanic heritage and culture through educational endeavors. The mission of the FCHCC is to positively impact the regional economy by creating value, promoting and facilitating the success of Hispanic-owned businesses and by engaging the community at large.

Media Contact: Madelene Skinner
Phone: (904) 346-1118