La Noticia, Charlotte's oldest Spanish-Language Newspaper, awarded Student of the Year awards to six college students as part of its annual Latin American Excelente Awards Gala in September.
Five applied for the award – which includes a $2,500 scholarship – when they were seniors in high school. Students had to have a minimum 3.5 GPA to enter and submitted a cover letter, resume, essays, transcripts and two letters of recommendation for consideration.
"They are wonderful, wonderful people" said Hilda Gurdian, publisher of La Noticia. "These are people who work very hard and made sacrifices to be where they are."
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