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Hispanic Business Alumni celebrates 25 years


April 23, 2007

The Hispanic Business Alumni Chapter (HBA) of the W. P. Carey School of Business will celebrate its past and present scholarship winners at an awards dinner – “Celebrating 25 Years of Giving” – at 7 p.m., April 23, in the Carson Ballroom of Old Main on the ASU Tempe campus.

Twenty-two scholarship recipients for the 2007-2008 school year will be announced. Seventeen students will receive tuition waivers, while five will receive awards of $2,000 each.

In 2006, HBA raised more than $32,000 to fund 22 scholarships for students. Since its founding, the association has awarded tuition waivers and cash scholarships to more than 250 W. P. Carey students. HBA also serves as a networking and mentoring resource for W. P. Carey undergraduates, working closely with the HBSA.

“The HBA scholarship has been very important to me,” says Matthew Covarrubias, a senior majoring in business management with a certificate in small business and entrepreneurship. “Being able to pursue my academic goals without the financial burden of tuition has allowed me to accomplish other personal goals.”

Speaking at the event will be Kay Faris, associate dean of undergraduate programs, and Deanna Carrera, a 1983 W. P. Carey School graduate with a degree in marketing and advertising.

“I was the very first scholarship recipient in 1983,” says Carrera, who is a senior training specialist in the Employee Development Department at Microchip Technology Inc. “HBA has helped me to develop my leadership and organizational skills. Being an HBA board member is also about camaraderie and friendship. The great people on HBA's board are energetic; they give back to the community.”

HBA was founded in 1982 by a group of W. P. Carey School graduates who recognized the need for promoting and increasing the number of Hispanics to graduate from the school. HBA plays host to annual events, including a golf shootout, casino night, networking and mixer events, and a softball tournament held in conjunction with the Hispanic Business Student Association (HBSA).

For information on HBA, visit the Web site http://wpcarey.asu.edu/alumni/hba/whatis.cfm.