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Colgate-Palmolive Returns With Its Annual 'Haz la U' Educational Grant Program in Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate announced today its second year partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) to launch the company's annual Haz la U™ educational grant program now in its seventh year. To promote the importance of education among Latinos, the company will support the HHF's Youth Awards program through its Community Service "track" and award up to $75,000 in grants to 44 students across the country.

Students can apply for the community service "track" via www.hhfawards.hispanicheritage.org through October 15, 2015. Forty-four high school students will be selected by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to receive educational grants from Colgate-Palmolive to help pay for their first year of college and put them on the road to graduation.

"Colgate continues to support Hispanic enrollment in college by supporting families with the costs of higher education," said Carla Kelly, general manager of multicultural marketing, Colgate-Palmolive. "We are excited to partner with such a prestigious organization that aligns with us on the importance of preparing future generations of Latinos to become leaders in their communities."

A recent U.S. Census Bureau Analysis revealed that Hispanic enrollment in a two-or four-year college has more than tripled since 1993, making this minority the largest group on U.S. college campuses. Colgate and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation once again have stepped up to the plate to focus their efforts on providing financial help to students and families for their college studies.

Last year, one of the Haz la U™ winners, Mariano Stephens had the opportunity to enroll at the Yale University through the company's scholarship grant, which helped make his college enrollment dream a reality.

"I want to thank Colgate for supporting Latinos like me that need financial support to start their college and professional careers. With the increasing costs of tuition and books, Colgate's grant has taken a significant weight off my shoulders. Since I can worry less about the financial burdens of college, I can focus on my studies and achieve academic success," said Mariano Stephens.

To learn more about Haz la U™ and to access application guidelines, please visit www.colgate.com/hazlau.

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on oral care, personal care, home care and pet nutrition. Colgate-Palmolive sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world, under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate-Palmolive's global business, visit the Company's website at www.Colgate.com. To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®, Colgate's global oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com.

About HHF and LOFT

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit originally established by the White House in 1988, inspires, prepares, positions and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions. HHF is headquartered in Washington, DC, and has offices in Los Angeles, New York and the LOFT Institute is housed at Michigan State University (Visit www.HispanicHeritage.org). Follow Hispanic Heritage Foundation on Facebook and @HHFoundation on Twitter.

HHF's award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 "Tracks," or industries including: Technology, Science, Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are tracked and connected to each other as well as to mentors and resources; attend over 50 trainings, workshops, and Charlas hosted across the country; participate in creative initiatives; and placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Visit www.loftinnovation.org, and join http://loftnetwork.org to get on the fast track! Follow LOFTinstitute on Twitter.

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CONTACT: Natalia Herrera Cohn & Wolfe (212) 798-9706 natalia.herrera@cohnwolfe.com Or Colgate-Palmolive Company (212) 310-2670 Media_Inquiry@colpal.comSource:Colgate-Palmolive Company