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Sara Martinez Tucker


Since taking the helm of the organization in 1997, Sara Martinez Tucker, President and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, has helped the HSF to grow quickly, from awarding $3.5 million in scholarships in 1998 to more than $26 million per year, awarding a total of 61,000 scholarships. Ms. Martinez Tucker has a goal for the organization, to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees to 18% by 2010. During her tenure at HSF, she has expanded its focus beyond college retention by adding community college transfer, graduating high school senior, and community outreach programs. Prior to joining HSF, she worked for AT&T for 16 years.

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Dr. Julie Garcia


Dr. Juliet Villarreal Garcia became President of the University of Texas at Brownsville. President in 1992 after serving 6 years as President of Texas Southmost College, where she was recognized as the first Mexican-American woman to become President of a university. During her tenure as President, Dr. Garcia has increased student enrollment to more than 10,000 students in the university and 5,000 in the workforce training and continuing education programs. The campus has grown from 49 acres to 382 acres. She also led the development of the unique partnership between the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, designed to increase efficiency and eliminate transfer barriers for students.

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