DENTON (UNT), Texas — Hispanic Communicators DFW, DFW’s largest association of Hispanic/Latino journalists, has awarded three scholarships to University of North Texas students.
Cassandra Rodriguez, Rosi Linda Sanchez, and Olmar Vanegas were recognized as top Hispanic communicators at the Hispanic Communicators DFW’s banquet, and received scholarships of $1,500 to $2,000. Rodriguez and Vanegas each received $2,000 scholarships presented by NBC 5/Telemundo and Time Warner Cable. Sanchez received a $1,500 scholarship presented by the organization.
Approximately $10,000 in scholarships were given to six high school and college communication students at the DFW Hispanic Communicators’ banquet. The students were honored by WFAA-TV anchor Gloria Campos and PBS Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez.
Established in 1981, Hispanic Communicators DFW is an organization of journalists, public relations and advertising professionals, educators, students and others committed to the fields of communication. The organization is a chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Hispanic Communicators DFW has given away $310,000 to 260 college and high school students over the years.
"We all know how hard and expensive college is. Many members of our group are first generation college graduates. We understand that many Latino families are very supportive but can't always provide financially. If these scholarships allow these students to continue their education and become successful professionals, then hopefully one day they will 'pay it forward,’” said Saul Garza, Fox 4 reporter and president of Hispanic Communicators DFW.
Rodriguez is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism. Rodriguez, of Richardson, is the daughter of Jose Luis Rodriguez (Richardson) and Veronica Rodriguez (Richardson), and a 2010 graduate of L.V. Berkner High School.
Sanchez is a senior majoring in journalism with a focus in advertising. Sanchez is the daughter of Elvia Sanchez (Mexico) and Fernando Sanchez (Mexico), and a 2001 graduate of Moises E. Molina High School.
Vanegas is a senior majoring in integrated studies. Vanegas, of Dallas, is a 2009 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
About Hispanic Communicators DFW
Hispanic Communicators DFW is an organization of journalists, public relations and advertising professionals, educators, students and others committed to the fields of communication. The organization’s focus is in furthering the visibility and role of Hispanics within these fields. The organization started in 1981 as the Network of Hispanic Communicators and has since been influential in the development of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and other communications organizations. It is the official Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the NAHJ.