SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — Group O and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCC Foundation) awarded the second of five $10,000 scholarships September 24. The recipient was announced during the 2014 USHCC National Convention in Salt Lake City — the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America.
“The USHCC congratulates Group O for its promise to cultivate the next generation of business leaders.” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “These scholarships will empower students to continue their journey to attain a higher education and become part of our country’s enduring success.”
Group O, recognized among the Top 5 Latino-owned business in the US, has made a $50,000 commitment to award graduate level students scholarships for five years, targeting different universities around the country each year. This year the scholarship recipient is pursuing an MBA from the University of Iowa.
“Our philosophy is that everyone wins when people are given an opportunity to show what they can do,” said Gregg Ontiveros, Group O CEO. “The next generation of Hispanic business leaders will need to be prepared to lead and compete on a global level — and we’re excited to partner with USHCC to help make that happen.”
Julian Valencia, an MBA student at the University of Iowa was awarded the $10,000 scholarship. After graduating from Ohio State University, Valencia joined Teach for America and served as a middle school teacher for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. As a young entrepreneur and community leader Valencia has already founded three companies, co-founded a non-profit organization, worked as an inner city teacher and organized multiple community events in Ohio, Florida and Colorado. After graduation, he plans to focus on his latest venture, Career Karma, to continue to marry his passion for education and create systems that empower students.