Southwest teams with Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) and The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) have announced applications are open for the 2018 ¡Lánzate! / Take Off! Travel Program, the company said.

This impactful program, which was recognized in 2015 by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, provides roundtrip air travel to selected Latino college students to travel home to see family.

Applicants must write a personal essay addressing questions outlined in the application. In the essay, applicants should demonstrate or discuss socio-economic need such as financial need or cultural considerations. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at least 200 miles from home. Students can submit applications through April 13, 2018, at

Education advocates and HACU leaders from across the country will form a diverse selection panel this summer to choose the deserving students who will benefit from the 2018 program. In 2017, the panel selected 100 students to receive roundtrip travel from Southwest Airlines®.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the US, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. The association´s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, California. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Information is available at

In its 47th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other air carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 56,000 Employees to a Customer base topping 120 million passengers annually, in recent years.