LULAC National Education Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) Announces 2016-2017 NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Program Recipients

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Ten students from across the U.S. were selected to receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to pursue a degree at U.S. post-secondary institutions.

Created and funded by Comcast/NBCUniversal/Telemundo, the LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is pleased to announce the NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship program recipients for the 2016-17 academic year. Ten students from across the U.S. were selected to receive a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to pursue a degree at U.S. post-secondary institutions.

“NBCUniversal is a prestigious, mass media corporation that I would love to be a part of in the future. I cannot thank them and LNESC enough for this opportunity” states Marielle Martinez from Florida Southern College.

Recipients were selected based on their academic performance, professional goals, and interest in the entertainment industry. This year’s NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship Program recipients are:

  • Jocelyn Contreras: Saint Mary’s College, Communicative Sciences and Spanish
  • Karen Fich: New York University, Business
  • Georgy Marrero: University of California Berkeley, Computer Science
  • Marielle Martinez: Florida Southern College, Studio Art, English & Psychology
  • Jackie Martinez-Chavez: North Carolina State University, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bianca Munoz: University of Texas at Dallas, Biomedical Engineering
  • Stephanie Patino-Garfias: Wright State University, Communications & Political Science
  • Emely Rodriguez: Towson University, English & Communications
  • Isabella Speedon: Saint Mary’s College, Sociology and Psychology
  • Raquel Valenzuela: Eastern New Mexico University, Theatre

“NBCUniversal is proud to partner with LNESC to recognize this group of talented and driven students,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal. “We are honored to recognize their achievements and pleased to support them as they continue to pursue their career goals.”

“As the educational arm of LULAC, LNESC not only strives to deliver the highest quality educational services to enroll students in post-secondary institutions, but to see that they have the tools and resources necessary to complete a four-year degree and enter the workforce. It is only through our partnerships with generous corporations, such as NBCUniversal, that we are able to continue providing financial resources to promising Latino students from across the country,” says LNESC Executive Director Richard Roybal.

According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, a record-setting 69 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college last year. Despite the attainment gap narrowing, however, Hispanics continue to lag behind their counterparts in obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students.

More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at

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