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Venus Goddess Fund for Education Gives Young Latinas in Houston a Leg Up on Education through $40,000 in College Scholarships in Partnership with Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Recognized motivational speaker Maria Marin invites students to empower themselves through education


Wednesday, September 7, 2011 9:00 am EDT



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"Latina women are modern goddesses and through a college degree, any woman can feel ready to start a business, lead an organization, take on managerial roles or feel better prepared to steer their families forward"

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Latinos have the lowest high school and college completion rates of any racial or ethnic group. Despite recent advances in educational attainment, reports from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that serious discrepancies remain when Hispanic educational levels are compared to other ethnic groups. To help beat the odds and bolster the chances of a college degree, Gillette’s Venus razor brand is launching a new scholarship program for young Latinas through The Venus Goddess Fund for Education — the brand’s commitment to empower women through education.

In partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Venus will offer $40,000 in scholarships to Houston students who apply and share their experiences on what motivates them to pursue their goals. Applications are available online at through October 28, 2011 and scholarships are open to all Latina students residing in the Houston metro area, who are planning to enter college to pursue a 2 or 4 year degree and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Venus encourages Latinas to “reveal the goddess in you” which means celebrating their confidence, passion, hard-work and dedication to their multiple life roles and goals. Maria Marin, a recognized expert in helping women be more confident to pursue life goals and passions, shares this sentiment by empowering Latinas to pursue a college degree. “Latina women are modern goddesses and through a college degree, any woman can feel ready to start a business, lead an organization, take on managerial roles or feel better prepared to steer their families forward,” said Marin, who is supporting the Venus program and offering tips and motivation for young students wanting to complete a college education.

The Venus Goddess Fund for Education was launched by Gillette Venus razors in February 2011 in partnership with spokesperson Jennifer Lopez.

“Houston is a rich, vibrant market and the home to many Latinas who will run households, companies, and their own businesses. Research shows Latinas have a higher incidence of enrolling in college, and we want to do what we can to support their goals of attaining a degree,” said Joshua Talge, Venus Brand Manager.

For more information about the scholarship opportunity, visit We also invite you to join us on Facebook/GilletteVenus.

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About Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund believes that the country prospers when all Americans have access to the opportunities a college education can afford. As the nation’s leading Hispanic higher education fund, HSF works to address the barriers that keep many Latinos from earning a college degree. HSF has awarded over $330 million in scholarships over the past 36 years and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life, from gaining admission and securing financial aid to finding employment after graduation. HSF envisions a future where every Latino household will have at least one college graduate, creating an enduring impact on the college outlook of Latino families nationwide, and strengthening the American economy for generations to come. For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund please visit:

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