FCHCC Officially Opens Applications for its 2017 Achieving the Dream Scholarship Program

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February 17, 2017 – JACKSONVILLE, FL – The Achieving the Dream (ATD) Scholarship Program returns to encourage Hispanic students to pursue their college degrees. Over 25 years, the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (FCHCC) Community Development, Inc. has awarded scholarships to high school seniors and undergrad students of Hispanic origin living in Northeast Florida including Duval, Baker, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau counties.

Students are invited to apply for the 2017 ATD Scholarships starting February 17 through Friday, April 28. In 2016, FCHCC awarded 13 scholarships to admirable Hispanic students at the inaugural Hispanic Heritage Gala, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the Achieving the Dream scholarships.

The scholarship program awards 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.

“I encourage all of the parents out there who have worked tirelessly for the Dream that our children get a full and fulfilling education to apply for FCHCC’s Achieving the Dream Scholarship. And for all of the focused and hard-working students who have dream’s to achieve great things, we are here for you,” said Cesar Grijota, President & CEO.

The Achieving the Dream Scholarships awards will be distributed at the 2nd Annual Hispanic Heritage Gala to be announced at a later date. Open applications are available to all students from Latin American countries. Applications can be completed by clicking this link: fchcc.com/scholarship, and must be submitted by April 28, 2017, along with all required documents.

Contributions to the scholarship fund can also be made online. Previous years’ sponsors include, AT&T, Florida Blue, The Grainger Foundation, Everbank and Winn Dixie.

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.

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