(Bradenton, FL—March 2, 2022) Two Manatee Technical College Medical Coder-Biller students were awarded scholarships by the American HisLato Confederation this week. Maria Diaz-Gonzalez and Luis Solarzano were each awarded $500.
“It feels good to be recognized as a Hispanic woman and the first in my family to be a college graduate in the medical field,” said Diaz-Gonzalez. Solarzano echoed the sentiment, “It’s a good opportunity for a Hispanic person to be recognized in a field that requires intensive knowledge.”
According to HisLato president and founder Jerry Hernandez, EdD, the scholarships were funded through the Manatee Memorial Foundation to be awarded to students in medical programs.
Both students will graduate in May. They are already interviewing for employment opportunities.
HisLato is a grassroots educational scholarship program serving youth and young adults of Hispanic/Latino ancestry to celebrate their heritage and help them achieve their dreams.
About Manatee Technical College
Manatee Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education. MTC has three campuses within the School District of Manatee County and offers over 50 career preparation programs, as well as continuing education and adult general education classes. The mission of MTC is to produce highly skilled individuals and resourceful leaders through collaborative education to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and the workforce.
PHOTO: Luis Solarzano and Maria Diaz-Gonzalez were awarded $500 American HisLato scholarships to help them achieve their dreams. They are both students in the Medical Coder-Biller career certificate program at Manatee Technical College, which they will complete in May 2022.