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Honda Raises Money with Hispanic Scholarship Golf Tournament

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As part of the Abrego Future Scholars Program, Cal State Fullerton students Albert Bustamante and Alejandro Murillo were named 2017 Honda Scholars.

Cal State Fullerton students Albert Bustamante and Alejandro Murillo were named 2017 Honda Scholars

Honda is showing its support for Latino students who are in their first year of studies at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF).

The automaker did so via its the 30th annual Hispanic Scholarship Golf Tournament on April 17th, which raised more than $200,000 for the Abrego Future Scholars Program. American Honda Motor Company has been a presenting sponsor of the tournament since 2005.

The Abrego Future Scholars Program, which assists first-generation Latino students, is named after Silas Abrego, the former Cal State Fullerton Vice President for Student Affairs and Trustee. Abrego was also instrumental in establishing the Hispanic Scholarship Golf Tournament in 1987. Over the last thirty years, the Tournament has raised over $1 million in scholarships, which have helped more than 800 students.

“Honda’s longstanding partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Golf Tournament is based on our commitment to education and inclusion,” said Charles Harmon, Senior Manager of Honda’s Administration Division. “We join Cal State Fullerton in celebrating academic excellence, and remain dedicated to fostering opportunities for Abrego Scholars to pursue their dreams—both in and outside of the classroom.”

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The Abrego Future Scholars Program provides students with both financial assistance and support services to designed to help them succeed at CSUF, including academic counseling, student life activities, and more.

Each year, two students among the Abrego Future Scholars are recognized as Honda Scholars, and this year’s honors went to Albert Bustamante, a junior pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Management, and Alejandro Murillo, a freshman hoping to attain a double degree in International Business and Spanish.

Last year’s Honda Scholar was Jacqueline Terrones, a sophomore business major, who is now serving as a peer mentor for incoming Abrego Scholars.

“The Abrego Future Scholars Program has created a family for me at Cal State Fullerton,” said Terrones. “Being able to support other students has been a rewarding experience. If I can help my mentees get one step closer to graduation, then I’ve done my job.”

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