GDHCC in the News


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6/23/2016 Press Release
GDHCC Awards $2.5 Million in Scholarships at Stars on the Rise!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        

Contact:   Veronica Thomison
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Dr. Michael Hinojosa, DISD Superintendent, was Keynote Speaker at Annual Event

2016 Stars Press Conference 

DALLAS, TexasJune 23, 2016The 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, awarded $2,544,050.81 in scholarships to 296 graduating seniors from North Texas this year.  During the last 33 years, the fund has given more than $32.5 million in scholarships to almost 3,800 students. 

This year’s corporate scholarship donors and/or sponsors included:  Ford Motor Company Fund (presenting sponsor and $420,000 donor), Telemundo 39 (media presenting sponsor), Fossil, Texas Instruments, Coca Cola, Oncor and UPS. Other scholarship donors were Mr. and Mrs. Eric Reeves and the Latino Center for Leadership Development. 

Scholarship donors in the education sector included:  Austin College, Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Eastfield College, El Centro College, Mountain View College, North Lake College, Richland College, SMU, Texas A&M University Commerce, Texas Tech, Texas Woman’s University, UT Dallas and Dallas ISD.

    "We are very proud to partner with our local dealers to contribute $420,000 in scholarships this year," said Joe Avila, community outreach manager, Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. "We were delighted to be this year’s Presenting Sponsor and to work with The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber to help make a college education possible for so many deserving students in North Texas.”

     “It’s been said that life is about opportunity. The Stars on the Rise program provides just that by supplying students with seed money needed to pursue their studies at the college or university of their choice,” said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa. “Dallas ISD is thankful to be a part of such a charitable community that supports college and career readiness.”

     The scholarships were awarded at the Stars On The Rise Scholarship Reception and Awards Ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, June 22 at the InterContinental Hotel at 15201 Dallas Parkway in Dallas. This year’s keynote speaker was Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Dallas ISD Superintendent.  The event was attended by scholarship recipients and their families, leaders in the education and business communities, as well as elected officials.

 SOTR 2016 Scholars


“Year after year, these scholarships are possible because of the generosity of our many partners in the corporate and education sectors,” said Rick Ortiz, president and CEO of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  “Their generous scholarships and donations help create brighter futures for thousands of students in North Texas, and we are extremely grateful for their support.”

About The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The mission of The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is to grow and support the Hispanic business community in North Texas. For more information, visit or call 214.521.6007.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and impaired driving.  Innovation in education is encouraged through Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities and improve people's lives in more than 40 countries around the world. For more information, visit







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