The Walt Disney Company has announced a $1.5 million commitment to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). The HSF was established back in 2014 with a $1 million grant from Disney and continues to play an important part in the Company’s efforts to assist students from various backgrounds in their pursuit of their educational goals. Additionally, Disney’s collaboration with HSF includes the Media and Entertainment Summit which will be held in November 2017 bringing together HSF students who are interested in the media and entertainment business and industry professionals.
“Disney is proud to continue our support of Hispanic college students as they pursue their educational and professional dreams,” said Latondra Newton who is the Senior Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at The Walt Disney Company. “Through this scholarship and the new HSF Media and Entertainment Summit, we hope to make it possible for more students to reach their goals and become leaders in their fields, including in the media and entertainment industries.”
HSF students in the Bay Area had the opportunity recently to tour Pixar Animation Studios’ Emeryville, California, headquarters and they met the filmmakers behind the studio’s upcoming film, Coco. Director Lee Unkrich, Co-Director Adrian Molina, and Producer Darla K. Anderson were on hand to welcome them to the studio and the students were treated to an early look at some of the film’s footage. Disney goes the extra mile with HSF students by engaging with them in addition to supporting the scholarship fund.
Scholarships have been awarded to 200+ college students since The Walt Disney Company-HSF Scholarship Fund was established. The students who have benefitted attend schools across the U.S., including Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas at Austin and Vanderbilt University. Disney’s 2017 donation will extend the program and support HSF’s mission which is to give its students the tools they need to succeed in their coursework, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward and mentor generations to come.
“We are grateful for the generous support of The Walt Disney Company and look forward to strengthening our partnership,” said HSF President and CEO Fidel A. Vargas. “While the financial commitment is extraordinary, we appreciate just as much the commitment of Disney employees who volunteer and support our students and families across the country.”