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DALLAS, Texas -The Stars On The Rise scholarship fund, the annual scholarship drive of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) and its many partners in the corporate and education sectors, are awarding $1,370,557.61 in scholarships to 275 graduating seniors from North Texas this year.  The scholarships ranged from $2,000 to $96,000, with Austin College granting the largest four-year scholarship. During the last 32 years, the fund has given more than $30 million in scholarships to over 3,500 students. 

This year’s corporate scholarship donors include:  Ford Motor Company Fund (co-presenting sponsor), La Paloma Taqueria (co-presenting sponsor), AT&T, Fossil, Latino Center for Leadership Development, Texas Instruments and UPS. 

Scholarship donors in the education sector include:  Austin College, Dallas County Community College District (including Brookhaven, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake, Richland and Cedar Valley Colleges), Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Commerce, Texas Tech University, Texas Woman’s University and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Other scholarship donors included Dallas ISD employees who showed their support by raising $21,503.61 for district students.  In addition, a contribution of $10,000 was made by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association, and $22,400 was received from an anonymous donor. 

“The generosity of our partners in the education and corporate sectors make these scholarships possible,” said Rick Ortiz, president and CEO of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  “More than 3,500 students have benefited from their support during the last 32 years and our keynote speaker, Andrew Palacios, is a perfect example of how these scholarships have positively impacted the next generation of leaders in our community.  They are making a real difference!” 

“The Stars On The Rise scholarship opened doors far greater than a traditional scholarship because it led to interview and speaking opportunities, as well as a national award for my research. There was an entire team of individuals working and believing in my continual success,” said Andrew Palacios, three-time Stars On The Rise scholarship recipient. “Today, I’m an assistant principal and passionate about positively impacting the education of future generations.”

"Ford is part of the fabric of this community and by working jointly with our local dealers, this year were able to double our scholarship investment to better meet the needs of our students in North Texas," said Joe Avila, manager of community outreach, Ford Motor Company Fund, the charitable arm of Ford Motor Company. "We are delighted to partner with the GDHCC to help make a post-secondary education a reality for our young people in North Texas."

“We are honored to support The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber and Stars On The Rise this year by treating all of the families and guests to a wonderful and authentic Mexican cuisine that will help make the evening extra special,” said Mario Cesar Ramirez, owner of La Paloma Taqueria. “This is a wonderful opportunity to give back to a community and organization that has supported my business for so many years.”