First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces 2017 Achieving the Dream Scholarship Recipients

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For Immediate Release: August 15, 2017 – JACKSONVILLE, FL – The First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) is proud of their impact on the lives of more than one hundred scholarship recipients for their signature program, Achieving the Dream Scholarship, for over 25 years. Applicants undergo a rigorous process handled by a committee of community leaders determined to award the 10 scholarships (valued at $2,000 – $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 Virginia College on Friday, September 29, 2017. The gala is from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM at WJCT Studios, 100 Festival Park Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32202.

The scholarship program enables students who work hard and achieve academic excellence to start or continue their education. The 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, essays, extracurricular activities, community involvement and honors/awards.

FCHCC congratulates an impressive group of 2017 Achieving the Dream Scholarship recipients.

Gabrielle Arguetta, Florida State UniversityKimberly Laynes, University of North Florida
Camille Benitez, University of North FloridaXsyvier Rosas, University of North Florida
Jordan Bubar, University of Central FloridaAlfonso Soria, University of Central Florida
Ivan Claudio, University of FloridaDanielle Torres, St. Johns River College
Anastasia Daniels, University of North FloridaMoises Valcarcel-Gonzalez, Florida International University
Major donors for the 2017 scholarships are Florida Blue, Publix and Vystar Credit Union. Sponsorship opportunities are available at the event 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 presented by Virginia College, send an email to

Follow @fchccflorida and hashtag #FCHCC2017gala on Twitter for the latest updates on the Hispanic Heritage Gala and Achieving the Dream Scholarship Awards. Florida Blue, iHeart Media, Norsan Media and TU 18 Jax Mega TV are Strategic Partners of the FCHCC. We appreciate our sponsors of the Hispanic Heritage Gala and Achieving the Dream Scholarship Awards: Virginia College, EMED Multispecialty Group, Vystar Credit Union, Everbank, Memorial Hospital, and Publix.


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

  1. Gisselle Moreno

    Good afternoon,
    I recently was applying for the scholarship “Achieving the dream” and could not fully submit due to needing the address to send my transcripts in the mail. The portal said the application was now closed, but the scholarship this morning said I had tell today July 31. I was wondering how can I finish submitting my scholarship.

    Thank you,
    Very respectfully,
    Gisselle Moreno

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