9 April 2014
Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), in conjunction with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, said it is accepting applications for their annual “Lanzate! / Take Off!” education travel award program.
Online applications will be accepted through May 15, 2014, at www.hacu.net. The program is geared toward Hispanic college students with economic need who travel away from home to pursue higher education. Students who are awarded with the “Lanzate! / Take Off!” education travel award are able to use roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines to stay connected with their families. For these students, connection with family can make the difference between dropping out and graduating.
Nearly 1,300 Southwest Airlines roundtrip tickets have been awarded to students across the nation since the program´s inception in 2005. All applicants must complete an online application including an essay describing their inspiration to pursue a college degree.
HACU, which has its national headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, represents approximately 450 colleges and universities, including Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), which collectively serve more than two-thirds of all Hispanic higher education students in the United States and Puerto Rico. HACU´s international membership includes leading higher education institutions in Latin America and Europe.
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is the nation´s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded and operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 96 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and five near-international countries via wholly owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways. Its website is at southwest.com.