Grupo Salinas Announces That The Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund Expands Latino Participation in Aspen Institute Programs

MEXICO CITY, June 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Grupo Salinas (, a group of dynamic, fast-growing and technologically advanced companies, deeply committed to the modernization of the countries where they operate and founded by entrepreneur Ricardo Salinas (, is pleased to announce Ricardo Salinas Scholars for the summer of 2016, within The Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program.

The Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund awards scholarships twice a year. Candidates need to apply to the program of their interest and if it’s a good match the program will request the funds on behalf of the candidate. A scholarship committee reviews all requests and makes selections. Questions regarding the Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund may be directed to Sarah Alvarez at

“This scholarship seeks to increase Latino and Latin American participation in Aspen Institute programs, with the goal of creating awareness of the Latino community and its important contribution to American society,” said Ricardo Salinas. “There are a lot of creative ideas that Latinos can share and we should not be left out of the conversation.”

The Ricardo Salinas scholars will have the opportunity to attend policy and public programs such as the Ideas Festival, The Resnick Aspen Action Forum, Business & Society, Communications & Society, Spotlight Health, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, among others.

“Ricardo’s generous contribution has enriched the experience for all program participants and the Aspen Institute,” said Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. “The opportunity to include different voices in these conversations has been transformational.”

As a leading educational and policy studies organization, the Aspen Institute convenes a number of public events, policy roundtables, seminars, and other programs each year to foster leadership and encourage analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues. The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program aims to create broad awareness of the growth and importance of the Latino community to the future success of the United States and manages the Ricardo Salinas Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations to all of the Ricardo Salinas Scholarship recipients for the summer period of 2016:

Marcelino Alvarez, Founder and CEO, Uncorked StudiosAspen Institute Global Alliances Program Delegation to Cuba
Ramona Romero, General Counsel, Princeton UniversityAspen Institute Justice & Society Program
Scott Martinez, City Attorney, City of DenverAspen Institute Socrates Program
Cynthia Figueroa, President and CEO, CongresoThe Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society
Nathalie Molina, CEO, Self-Made, LLCAspen Institute Business & Society Program
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President, National Lawyers GuildAspen Institute Justice & Society Program
Ref Rodriguez, Co-Founder, Partnerships to Uplift CommunitiesResnick Aspen Action Forum
Aspen Global Leadership Network
Amanda Fernandez, Co-Founder, Partnerships to Uplift CommunitiesResnick Aspen Action Forum Aspen Institute
Aspen Global Leadership Network
James Encinas, Fellow, Aspen Teacher Leaders FellowshipResnick Aspen Action Forum Aspen Institute
Aspen Global Leadership Network
Catherine Cuello-Fuente, Founder of the technology and wellness start-up
GreenHopping and Co-Founder of the creative consulting agency InsideCrowd.
The Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society
Mariana Somma, Entrepreneur, CalientamigosAspen Institute
Global Alliances Program, Partnership Opportunity Delegation to Cuba
Lucia Casanovas, Fundacion IESAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Susana Yepes, Compartamos con ColombiaAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Andres Guerrero, Professor, Universidad de Los AndesAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Daniel Buchbinder, Founder, AlternaAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Jessica Rochmann, Director of Administration and Special Projects, FundaSistemasAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Monica Vasquez del Solar, Portfolio Director, NESsTAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Priscilla Martins, ARTEMISIAAspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Alejandara Campoverdi, Director of Multicultural Content, Los Angeles TimesAspen Institute Socrates Program
Patricia Funegra, Founder and CEO, La Cocina Aspen Institute Socrates Program
Giovanna Guerro, Executive Director, Ciencia Puerto RicoAspen Institute Ideas Festival, Spotlight Health
Berto Aguayo, Community Leader, Mikva ChallengeAspen Ideas Festival
Sil Ganzó, Founder/Executive Director, ourBRIDGEAspen Ideas Festival
Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Creator, UndocuBlack NetworkAspen Ideas Festival
Jessica Contreras, Student and Activist, United 4 The DreamAspen Ideas Festival
Oliver Merino, Latino New South Coordinator, Levine Museum of the New SouthAspen Ideas Festival

Grupo Salinas
( is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, building the Mexican middle class, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (, Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: TV Azteca (;, Azteca America (, Grupo Elektra (, Banco Azteca (, Advance America (, Afore Azteca (, Seguros Azteca (, Totalplay ( and Enlace TP ( Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings.

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program (AILAS) is a policy program committed to increasing the understanding of, and improving outcomes for, the growing US Latino population and therefore, the nation. AILAS convenes meaningful dialogues among cross-sections of society with the goal of influencing more informed decision making, contributes to public awareness of Latino issues as America’s issues, infuses the work of the Aspen Institute with Latino voices, faces and ideas, and develops Latino leadership capacity and networks.

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Source: Grupo Salinas