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Verizon Wireless funds 20 scholarships

The company awards $50,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, raising its donation total to $600,000 since 2003.

By Susan BelknappPublished: December 18, 2008 02:56 PM

Verizon Wireless, with its West Area offices in Irvine, honored local Hispanic students for their academic excellence at a luncheon on Wednesday co-hosted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF).

Each scholar was awarded $2,500 through Verizon’s support of HSF and the company has pledged additional support for the scholarship cycle that is currently open.

Verizon Wireless has contributed nearly $600,000 to the HSF since 2003 and most recently donated a portion of its sales to the fund during Hispanic Heritage month. These scholarships will be awarded in 2009.

Scholarship applications for the 2009-2010 academic year are currently available for online submission. The deadline is February 18, 2009 by 11:59 p.m. EST.

Each of the students have a powerful story that exemplifies their pursuit of excellence. One example is Javier Mendez, of San Diego. Javier is currently a freshman at Cal Poly San Luis Obisbo majoring in computer engineering. The son of migrant farm workers, his family has endured extreme hardship and his parents weren’t able to finish their primary education. “I knew I didn’t want to throw away what my parents had endured,” says Javier. “Instead I waned to prove to them that, by graduating college, every challenged they faced and valiantly fought for me was worth it.”

"We encourage Latinos to apply for these scholarships," says Oscar Madrid, associate director of Multicultural Marketing for Verizon Wireless' West area. "We have seen these scholarships change lives and enable dreams at the college and graduate school levels."