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Hispanic Community Affairs Council Awards 51 Scholarships

  • May 2, 2013

By Tom Abate

The Hispanic Community Affairs Council (HCAC) will award 51 scholarships to students from Alameda County who plan to attend community colleges or continue their studies at universities throughout the country.

Those attending four-year collegess will get $1,500 scholarships. Community college students will get $750.

The winners from Newark are:

  1. Josefina Andrade is studying human development at Ohlone & Chabot Colleges 
  2. Vanessa Arguello is a nursing student at CSU East Bay 

More than 160 students applied for HCAC scholarships and went through a rigorous application process that included writing essays, as well as undergoing interviews and reviews of their community service. 

HCAC Co-Presidents Ana Apodaca and Gene Calderon said the winners are "willing to reject stereotypes, peer group pressure and other obstacles to reach their goals.”

The scholarship committee is chaired by Sandra Genera.

HCAC began awarding scholarships in 1983 giving four awards of $1000. 

The non-profit organization has given scholarships to over 2,000 students, totaling over $1.5 million dollars over the last three decades. 

HCAC has no paid staff or consultants and all donations are used for scholarships.

The awards luncheon will be held on Friday, May 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newark-Fremont Hilton Hotel in Newark.  Luncheon tickets are $60.

For ticket information, contact Arnold Chavez at 510-331-1438

For more information about the HCAC Scholarship Program visit the website at


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