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Second Annual National Honor Celebrates Success Stories to Inspire Future Hispanic College Graduates; Inductees Include White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales


WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2003 – The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education, today announced the induction of five individuals into the 2003 HSF Alumni Hall of Fame established to feature role models for future generations of Hispanic college students and to illustrate the power of higher education.


This year’s inductees, representing achievements in the academic, medical, government and arts fields, include Judge Alberto R. Gonzales, White House counsel; writer Sergio Troncoso; Carolina Reyes, M.D., assistant professor at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Hisauro Garza, Ph.D., director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies at the University of Oklahoma; and Martha Chávez McGivney, director of the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program, Carnegie Mellon University.


“Through the HSF Alumni Hall of Fame, we are contributing to our community’s tradition of storytelling to show our children the possibilities offered by education,” said Sara Martinez Tucker, president and CEO of HSF. “By spotlighting our inductees, their stories, their perseverance and their dedication to their families, professions, community and heritage, we strive to inspire younger generations to create a tradition of college-going in our community.”


The HSF Alumni Hall of Fame event, now in its second year, celebrates the incredible stories of five Hispanics who, through their accomplishments, contributions and lifetime challenges, demonstrate the power of higher education and mentorship to change a life and positively impact the world. Each honoree’s story illustrates the possibilities offered by higher education and personifies the mission and values of HSF. Awards are given in the Optimista, Altruista, Triunfador, Inspirador and Brillante categories.


Four outstanding HSF Alumni, who have received an HSF scholarship during the organization’s 28 years, and one individual who, while not a former HSF Scholar, has earned a college degree, excels in his/her career and community, and is a positive role model for Hispanic students are inducted.


This year’s inductees, honored at a gala event today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., are:


·            Alberto R. Gonzales, Counsel to the President of the United States (Honorary HSF Scholar), who represents the Triunfador, awarded for realizing the ultimate achievement in his profession and personifying the HSF value of “raising the bar.”  Gonzales, the second of eight children to parents who had not completed elementary school, graduated from the Air Force Academy and Harvard University’s law school to ultimately become the president’s advisor on all legal issues concerning the Office of the President and the White House, including policy, ethics and legislation.


·            Sergio Troncoso, Writer (HSF Scholar 1984, 1988, 1990), who represents this year’s Brillante, for realizing extraordinary achievements early in his career, and from whom great things are expected. Troncoso, who was raised in the outskirts of El Paso, Texas, without paved roads, running water or electricity, became the editor-in-chief of his high school paper, received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and two master's degrees from Yale University.  He won the Premio Aztlan and the Southwest Book Award for his book, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories.  He has just published a path-breaking novel, The Nature of Truth, a philosophical thriller set at Yale.


·            Carolina Reyes, M.D., Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and assistant professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (HSF Scholar 1983, 1986, 1987), who represents the Altruista awarded for personifying the spirit of gratitude, the value of giving back and the philosophy: “Of those to whom much is given, much is expected.” Born into a  family of eight children to third generation agricultural workers who had little schooling themselves, Reyes graduated from Stanford University and Harvard University’s medical school, discovered a correlation between chronic health problems among Latinas and domestic violence, and co-authored a book on domestic violence and health care policies and prevention.


·            Hisauro Garza, Ph.D., Director of the Southwest Center for Human Relations Studies, University of Oklahoma (HSF Scholar 1983), who represents the Optimista, which honors success achieved through unflagging persistence in the face of adversity. Garza, the son of first-generation Mexican American campesinos, faced many battles early on, including the murder of his father at an agricultural labor camp and attending more than 30 different schools. He eventually overcame these obstacles to receive not only his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but a Ph.D. as well.


·            Martha Chávez McGivney, Director, Master of Science in Public Policy and Management Program, Carnegie Mellon University H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management (HSF Scholar 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992), who represents the Inspirador, awarded for breaking of the cycle of under-education and becoming the first ever in their families to get a college degree. McGivney, who came from Guanajuato, Mexico with her migrant farm-working parents, became one of the first in her family to graduate high school, received her bachelor’s degree in economics and her master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and went on to study the plight and struggles of migrant families and children.


These five join the first class of honorees inducted last year, which included: Dr. Richard Carmona, Surgeon General of the United States; Rodolpho Carrasco, associate director of the Harambee Christian Family Center in Pasadena, Calif.; Lisa Quiroz, founder and publisher of People en Español; Elias Fernandez, winemaker for Shafer Vineyards in Napa Valley, Calif.; and Fortunato Tapia, community outreach organizer, Los Angeles Unified School District.


The 2003 HSF Alumni Hall of Fame is made possible by generous support from, Platinum Sponsor: Procter & Gamble; Gold Sponsors: Budweiser, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, Nationwide Insurance, Target, and Univision;  Media Sponsor: Hispanic magazine; and Airline Sponsor: Southwest Airlines.



About the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF’s vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF, a 501(c)3 not-for profit organization, provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. Headquartered in San Francisco, HSF has opened regional offices in Southern and Central California, the Northeast, the Southeast, Midwest and Texas. In addition, HSF launched the Washington, D.C.-based Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute to generate public partnerships in support of its work. During its 28-year history, HSF has awarded more than 61,000 scholarships in excess of $115 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have attended more than 1,700 colleges and universities.




Media Contacts:


Miguel Salinas, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, (415) 808-2352 office; (408) 896-8362, mobile


Monica Talán, Fleishman Hillard, (512) 495-7167



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