WASHINGTON, Sept. 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCC Foundation) and Liberty Power awarded a $10,000 scholarship and two $5,000 scholarships to students interested in pursuing careers in the fields of environment and energy. The recipients were announced during the USHCC's 2013 National Convention in Chicago, the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America.
"The USHCC is proud of Liberty Power's leadership and commitment to fostering the development of tomorrow's stars. Hispanic youth are America's next great innovators, leading the nation's STEM enrollment rates with a 33 percent increase in the last decade alone," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "Liberty Power's generous donation will allow these students to pursue higher education, moving one step closer to achieving their dreams…"
"There is a clear connection between my educational and life experiences and how I, with the help of others, have applied those lessons to get to where I am today," said David Hernandez, co-founder & CEO of Liberty Power. "Now, we at Liberty Power are proud to support promising young minds in their own educational pursuits."
The recipients of the $5,000 scholarships are Jonathan Taylor Fairey from the Georgia Institute of Technology studying industrial and systems engineering, and Lawrence Valverde from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign a Material Science PhD candidate. The grand prize winner of $10,000 is Tatiana Narvaez from Rice University studying Chemical Engineering.
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.
About Liberty Power
Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest independent retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2013 KEMA rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first certified, minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service. For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com.
CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce