Southwest Airlines provides travel awards to Hispanic students from all over the nation to continue their college dreams
DALLAS, July –Southwest Airlines, (NYSE: LUV) in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), announced today the students selected in its annual “Lanzate/Take Off” education travel award program. This year’s program, the theme of which is “Dandole Alas a Tu Exito/Giving Flight to Your Success,” started in April. More than 1,500 students from across the nation completed the online entry with a submitted essay about why they are pursuing a college degree and how the travel award would help them achieve their goals.
The students were selected after intensive evaluation from a panel of judges comprised of college professors and professionals from throughout the country. The award will provide the students with one to four tickets, which the student or an immediate family member can use in the fall to travel to/from a college or university to any of the 69 cities Southwest Airlines serves.
“HACU is proud to co-sponsor the Lanzate travel program with Southwest Airlines,” said Antonio R. Flores, HACU President and CEO. “For the sixth year, the program has provided students studying away from home the reward of visiting with loved ones. For many students, these visits would not be possible without the support of the Lanzate travel program.”
With more than 3,000 applicants in the last six years, “Lanzate/Take Off” is a proven successful educational program that serves underprivileged Hispanic students, providing free travel for them and their families to maximize their potential and create opportunities for growth. To read the personal experience from some of the participants, visit Southwest’s corporate blog at http://www.blogsouthwest.com/blog/lanzate-and-southwest-airlines. To see the complete list of students, visit: swamedia.com
“Lanzate moves students not just coast to coast but from a crazy fantasy to realizing a dream of getting the first college degree in many families! It takes dedicated partners like HACU and the national education selection panel to make this journey.” said Christine Ortega, Southwest Airlines Corporate Community Affairs Manager. “As a consequence, the student will have more confidence to pursue his/her dreams of higher education without worrying about the family’s economic hardships,” said Ortega.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) with national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, represents approximately 450 colleges and universities, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), which collectively serve two-thirds of all Hispanic higher education students in the United States and Puerto Rico.
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