HHSF Announcement

Rollins College and the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) are pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership to award one full-tuition scholarship each year to a new student entering at the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins in the fall under the Rollins Evening Emerging Leaders (REEL) Scholarship Program.

“Working with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund to provide this opportunity for students is an important step for our evening school,” Dean of the Hamilton Holt School David CS Richard said. “The mission of the College is to provide a high quality, liberal arts education. As a top provider of adult higher education in Central Florida for more than 50 years, it is natural that the Holt School would partner with an outstanding community partner like the HHSFMO."

Over the past year, Rollins College has supported the HHSFMO at its annual scholarship dinner and HHSFMO has made Rollins aware of various Hispanic cultural activities and business events that help increase the College’s visibility in the Hispanic community.

“This scholarship collaboration is a wonderful opportunity for adult students in Central Florida to pursue their education at Rollins College and serve as role models for their families, the companies they work for, and the communities they live in,” said Adriana Comellas-Macretti, chair of the board of directors for the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando.   “We wish those applying for the scholarship the very best in their educational endeavors at Rollins College.”

The REEL scholarship will provide one full-scholarship for the next four years from fall 2014 through spring 2018. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition up to five academic years from the time of the award or until graduation, whichever occurs first.

The partners agree that a meaningful and useful undergraduate degree should include internships, practical experiences, and mentoring in management, leadership, and the liberal arts. As part of the scholarship award, awardees will complete leadership training and management internships over the course of their educational experience at Rollins.

“We are thrilled with the collaboration with Rollins College, which represents such a high quality and prestigious educational institution,” said Lizette Valarino, founder and executive director of HHSFMO. “It says so much about the success of HHSFMO after 15 years, bringing this opportunity to working adult students in our community to pursue this scholarship and their education at Rollins.”

“We’re delighted to partner with the Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund. We believe that this partnership will be a win-win all around, and that Rollins will benefit from being able to recruit a more diverse pool of students as a result,” said Carol Bresnahan, vice president for academic affairs and provost at Rollins College.

The full-tuition scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate adult student seeking a degree within the Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College. Scholarship applicants must live within a 60-mile radius of Rollins College and be a Florida resident. Although a goal of both partners is to increase the number of Hispanic students at Rollins College, the scholarship award will be made based on applicant qualifications, not ethnicity or racial characteristics. To learn more about the Rollins College REEL Scholarship and other scholarship offerings at the Hamilton Holt School, please visit www.rollins.edu/evening//tuition-and-financial-aid/scholarships.html. Applications for the REEL Scholarship are due May 31, 2014.

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The scholarship fund was established in 2000 with a mission to engage and honor outstanding Hispanic students, identify a diverse pipeline of Hispanic talent and actively engage the inclusive Central Florida community. The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Award Ceremony is the organization’s main fundraiser, and is developed as a result of great partnerships with local non-profit organizations, small businesses and major corporations. 


The Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College features a wide range of evening bachelor's and master's degree programs offered during weekday evening hours and weekends, with small classes, dedicated faculty, and diverse students of all backgrounds. Hamilton Holt School undergraduates range in age from 17 to 75, and approximately 1,000 students enroll each year. Most students work part or full time and have family responsibilities. Many students receive scholarship support and other financial assistance thanks to generous supporters.

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