A record 5,126 students will be honored at the 26th annual Hispanic Academic Achievers Program at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.
Students in grades 4-12 will receive a HAAP certificate for maintaining at 3.0 or better grade-point average throughout the year. This year’s total number of awards surpasses last year’s record of 4,610.
Twenty-six college scholarship winners will be announced from more than $62,000 donated by HAAP sponsors. The top scholarship is for $10,000.
The keynote address will be given by one of HAAP’s former top scholars, Gabriela Whitemarsh, director for MESA, or Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement, at Columbia Basin College.
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In addition, HAAP’s top all-time donor, Dan Frost, will be honored. Frost donated more than $225,000 for HAAP scholarships starting with the program’s inception. He died earlier this year.