Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Continental Airlines, Hispanic Education Organization Announce Student Contest: 'Destino: Latinoamerica'

Adelante! Fund joins airline in essay competition about Latin American cultural influence - Essay contest for Hispanic college students

- Topic: Latin American impact on U.S. culture

- Continental Airlines ticket winners announced at Adelante! Leadership Institute

HOUSTON, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL) has teamed up with the Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund to offer "Destino: Latinoamerica" ("Destination: Latin America"), an essay contest for Hispanic college students.
Latin America's impact on U.S. culture and society is the theme of the contest. First- and second-place winners, who will receive Continental Airlines tickets, will be recognized in October at Adelante's annual Leadership Institute for Hispanic college students in San Antonio.
"As the second-largest air carrier into Latin America, Continental is proud to partner with Adelante on the 'Destino: Latinoamerica' program helping to prepare Hispanic students for the highly competitive job market and leadership opportunities of tomorrow," said John Slater, staff vice president, Latin America, Continental.

"Adelante inspires Hispanic students to graduate from college by providing the tools they need to take on leadership roles in society," said Andria Castillo, executive director, Adelante, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to increase Hispanic college graduation rates. "Continental Airlines' 'Destino: Latinoamerica' essay contest provides a way for Latino students to polish their writing skills as they explore their culture and that of their ancestors."

First prize is four Continental Airlines tickets for any Continental destination in the continental U.S., Mexico, Central America or the Caribbean; second-place winners will receive two tickets. The first-place essay also will be posted on Adelante's Web site, www.adelantefund.org. In addition, Continental will provide tickets for several Adelante scholarship winners to attend the Leadership Institute.

Deadline for essay submission is May 1, 2009. Essays must be between 200-300 words and may be written in English or Spanish. The winner must agree to allow use of his/her name and likeness in publicity materials.

Judges, who will include representatives from Continental and Adelante's leadership advisory board, will evaluate the essays for clarity of expression and originality. The contest is open to legal U.S. residents of Hispanic descent currently enrolled in a college or university. All majors are accepted, but participants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

"Destino: Latinoamerica" contest participants should submit their essays; a cover letter with name, address, telephone, college name, major and date of graduation; and proof of enrollment and GPA, via e-mail to sramos@adelantefund.org or to the address listed below: Sarah Ramos

Program Coordinator, Adelante U.S. Education Fund
Continental Airlines "Destino: Latinoamerica" Contest
8415 Datapoint Drive, Ste. 400
San Antonio, Texas 78229

The Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, a national nonprofit organization based in San Antonio, Texas, was established in 1993 to address the issue of lack of college attendance and graduation among U.S. Hispanics. The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the Miller Brewing Company are the founding organizations of the Adelante Fund, whose mission is to inspire Hispanic students to graduate and lead through scholarship, internship, and leadership training. Adelante continues that same focus today, providing financial support to enable Hispanic students to graduate from college and preparing them for leadership roles upon entering the workforce. Since its designation as a 501(c)3 organization in 1997, the Adelante Fund has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarships to Hispanic undergraduate students across the nation, and has provided career development, leadership training and internship opportunities to hundreds of promising young Hispanic college students. For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.adelantefund.org or contact Andria Castillo, Executive Director, at 210-692-1971 or acastillo@adelantefund.org.

SOURCE Continental Airlines

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