Nov. 8, 2012
today announced the winner of its "Destino: Latinoamerica" video contest for Hispanic college students, part of United's support of the
Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund
. Visitors to
Adelante!'s Facebook page
selected the winning video from among four finalists.
, 18, of
, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering at Polytechnic Institute of
New York University
, won first place with her video showcasing five reasons to visit
. She recorded the voiceover in the form of an original poem. Chavez's video and those of the other finalists are posted on the Adelante! YouTube page at
"This video contest was special to me since it gave me an opportunity to showcase
, my family's native country," said Chavez. "It also allowed me to add a poetic perspective on this country I love so much."
Participants were required to produce a short video highlighting five reasons to visit one of the 66 destinations in the 25 Latin American and
countries to which United flies. A panel of judges from United and Adelante! selected the four finalist videos from among the submissions, which were posted on Adelante!'s Facebook page for public voting.
Chavez won six tickets for travel to any United destination in the continental U.S.,
or the Caribbean. She plans to use her tickets to visit the
"This year's 'Destino' participants not only demonstrated great passion for
but also presented very compelling reasons to visit the countries they highlighted –
– and they did so in very creative ways," said
Maria Cristina Osorio
, United's director of public relations for
and the U.S. Latino market.
"The enthusiasm and support for the contest and for Adelante! on Facebook were great," said
, executive director, Adelante! "We're gratified that so many young Latinos have an appreciation for the cultures, histories, and countries of
Other finalists were
, a student at
Florida International University
, who produced a video on
, a student at the
University of Houston
, whose video also focused on
, a student at College of
, who featured Argentina.
United also is providing tickets for 16 Adelante! scholarship winners to attend the organization's Leadership Institute in
in October. This is the fourth year that United has sponsored Adelante!
The Adelante! U. S. Education Leadership Fund is a national non-profit based in
San Antonio, Texas
, established to support a critical piece of Latino college students' educational experiences, provide them with valuable insights early in their undergraduate journey, and create a strong pipeline of talent for Corporate America. Since its inception, Adelante! has strived to become a national leader in providing leadership development opportunities for students through scholarship, internships, and leadership development programs. To date, Adelante! has awarded more than
$1.5 million dollars
in scholarships to undergraduate students across the nation. Adelante!'s mission is to inspire the best and the brightest Latino students to graduate and lead through scholarships, internships, and leadership development. Visit
for more information.
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