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Hispanic Heritage Foundation Honors Latino Leaders During 26th Annual Awards at Kennedy Center

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09/10/2013 | 05:30pm CEST

National Math and Science Initiative received Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education Award

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) honored nine Latinos and organizations for achievements in their respective fields during the Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 5, 2013. The program was taped-to-air on a special broadcast on Mundo FOX on September 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Pictured from left to right are Joseph Perea, ExxonMobil; Tom Perez, US Secretary of Labor; Margaret ...

Pictured from left to right are Joseph Perea, ExxonMobil; Tom Perez, US Secretary of Labor; Margaret Moran, national president, League of United Latin American Citizens; and Tom Luce, chairman, National Math and Science Initiative and former assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education. (Photo: Business Wire)

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) received the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Award, which was sponsored by ExxonMobil as part of the company's commitment to advance STEM education.

NMSI was honored for its work to increase participation and success of underrepresented students in Advanced Placement (AP®) courses, as these are key indicators of college success. The mission of the organization is to improve student performance in the critical subjects of science, technology, engineering and math by transforming teaching, schools and education in the United States. Its efforts have significantly raised scores of Hispanic students, among others. On average, schools in their first year of implementing NMSI's AP Program have demonstrated a 72 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams compared to a 7 percent increase nationally. And the numbers are even more impressive among minority students with a 105 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores compared to 16 percent nationally.

NMSI was formed in 2007 to address the declining number of students who are equipped for careers in technology related fields. It was initiated as a public private partnership led by corporations and foundations.

"ExxonMobil joins the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in celebrating the achievements of these outstanding Hispanic leaders who have made such a significant impact in their fields," said Suzanne McCarron, general manager, public and government affairs, ExxonMobil. "We applaud the work of the National Math and Science Initiative as it continues to improve math and science education across the country and prepare students to have the skill sets needed to tackle the challenges of the 21st century."

Additional honorees included:

  • Actress Eva Longoria, Community Service Award
  • Musical group Los Tigres Del Norte, Legend Award
  • Chef Jose Andres, Design Award presented by Capital One
  • Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, Education Award presented by Target
  • Voto Latino president Maria Teresa Kumar, Leadership Award presented by Southwest Airlines
  • Actress and singer Lucero, Vision Award presented by Hershey's
  • Actor, director and producer Diego Luna, Inspira Award presented by Youth Segment
  • Race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya, Sports Award presented by Bud Light

The Hispanic Heritage Awards are considered one of the highest honors given by Latinos to Latinos to celebrate cultural pride, accomplishment and vision of Hispanics. For a brief video, visit www.TheHispanicHeritageAwards.com

The evening kicked off HHF's year-round mission to identify, inspire, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce. A dynamic and emotional stage presentation featuring top Latino performers took place in celebration of the honorees and entertained an audience of more than 1,000 influential national leaders.

About The Hispanic Heritage Foundation:

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires, identifies, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce. Please visit www.HispanicHeritage.org for more information.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Santiago Amieva, 202-861-9797

© Business Wire 2013
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