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BBVA Compass honors some of nation's most promising Latino students through 19th Annual Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards

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HOUSTON, Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — BBVA Compass is honoring promising Latino students Wednesday in Washington, D.C., where it is sponsoring the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s 19th National Youth Awards Ceremony and creating opportunities for the high school seniors to pursue their college dreams or hone their leadership skills.  

Yanik Ariste of Miami is the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s National Youth Award Winner in Business & Entrepreneurship, presented by BBVA Compass.

The HHF Youth Awards honor 200 Latino high school seniors who demonstrate leadership in both the classroom and their communities, and they’re awarded across a number of categories. The bank sponsored the Business & Entrepreneurship category, for those who express an interest in any number of business-, finance- or technology-related fields. Thirty students received scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 to put toward their college education or to fund an idea or community project. All 200 recipients were honored in ceremonies this fall across the HHF’s 10 regions. On Wednesday, seven of those will be recognized as National Youth Awardees at the ceremony in Washington, including Yanik Ariste of Miami, who’s the National Youth Award Winner in Business & Entrepreneurship, presented by BBVA Compass.

“It has been a great honor to be able to offer these young people a means to pursue their dreams, to show them that we believe in those dreams,” said BBVA Compass Director of Corporate Responsibility & Reputation Reymundo Ocañas. “We see in them the kind of people who’ll keep reaching and keep aspiring and who’ll change the world, and we’re going to do what we can to create opportunities for them to do just that.”

Over eight years of sponsoring the Youth Awards, BBVA Compass has contributed $675,000, resulting in scholarships to more than 200 students. The bank’s support for the HHF Youth Awards is part of its larger campaign to invest in education and create opportunities for young people. The BBVA Compass Foundation, the bank’s charitable arm, has given $7.1 million to 658 organizations to support education efforts in the last five years. Its financial education program, meantime, reached 252,000 children across seven states from 2012 to 2016.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation — a nonprofit established by the White House in 1987 — inspires, prepares, and connects minority leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America’s priorities.

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