Birmingham, AL – Fiesta BHAM, the largest Hispanic Festival in the state, begins its yearly Hispanic Heritage celebration by offering scholarships to deserving Latino Students in Alabama. The Fiesta Scholarship application will be open from September 2nd through September 22nd via their website. “Part of Fiesta’s goal as a festival and as an organization has always been to provide Hispanic students with scholarships to help them further their education in Alabama. In the last 15 years, Fiesta has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to deserving Hispanic students,” stated Teresa Zuniga-Odom, President of Fiesta BHAM.
Fiesta is a yearly non-profit festival that celebrates and educates the public on the diversity within the Latin American Countries represented in Alabama. Fiesta was also founded as a way to raise funds for deserving Latino students in Alabama and encourage them to succeed through higher education in the field of their choice. A portion of the proceeds from Fiesta’s yearly event goes toward funding the Fiesta Scholarship.
Scholarships will be awarded in the range of $500 to $1,500. Scholarship recipients will be announced on October 15th, at the end of Hispanic Heritage Month. The Fiesta Scholarship committee is composed of former educators, non-profit professionals, and business community leaders. “It’s an honor for Fiesta to make the scholarship awards and play a small role in helping Hispanic/Latino students reach for their dreams. We love to hear their individual stories and learn how they are weaving themselves into the fabric of our communities through this higher education,” stated Zuniga-Odom.
In lieu of its 18th Annual live event and due to the health and safety concerns presented by COVID-19, Fiesta BHAM will host the “30 Days of Fiesta”, presented by Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED. The event will begin on September 15, 2020 and coincide with the kickoff to Hispanic Heritage month and run through October 15, 2020. During this period, Fiesta will provide a daily, meaningful, and impactful service, with different forms of entertainment and/or educational opportunities via multiple series of online events. “Live cooking & mixology demonstrations, seminars on health and financial wellness, a Latin film series and family arts and craft projects featuring Hispanic artists are just a few of the activities we have in store,” stated Zuniga-Odom, President of Fiesta BHAM.
In addition to the online events, Fiesta has created a “Fiesta in a Box” celebration package which will provide a way for families to learn about Hispanic Heritage and have a “Fiesta at home experience” with their families, friends and coworkers. All proceeds from sale of these packages will go directly to the Fiesta Scholarship Fund. Details regarding the “30 Days of Fiesta” and the “Fiesta in a Box” fundraising initiative will be rolled out within the coming weeks. In the meantime, please continue to follow us through our website at www.fiestabham.com and our social media channels.
For more information regarding the scholarship, event or how you can support Fiesta BHAM visit www.fiestabham.com. 30 Days of Fiesta is made possible thanks to its faithful partners, including Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Wells Fargo, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Regions Bank, Jefferson County Department of Health, The City of Birmingham, a grant from The Alabama Humanities Foundation, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and many others.
Fiesta, Inc. is a 501 ©3 Organization that seeks “to educate the mainstream public about the many different Hispanic countries and cultures through the best of art, music, dance and food.” Part of Fiesta’s goal as a festival and as an organization has always been to provide Hispanic students with scholarships to help them further their education in Alabama. In the last 16 years, Fiesta has awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships to deserving Hispanic students through the Arte Latino Scholarship and the Logros Latino Scholarships.