Southwest Airlines, Hispanic Association Of Colleges And Universities cited for educational excellence

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities´ (HACU) said they will join the nearly 150 public and private sector organizations who answered the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics´ 25th anniversary call to action.

Southwest Airlines and HACU made a commitment to not only continue the ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! travel award, but to increase the positive difference it makes in the lives of students throughout the country.

In 2015, Southwest Airlines and HACU awarded 101 students with complimentary roundtrip airfare as part of the ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! travel award. This year, more than 600 students, from freshmen through graduate students, submitted essays displaying their need and desire for travel on Southwest Airlines.

In the application essays, students wrote about their personal experiences and the importance of staying connected with their families while pursuing higher education away from home. A panel of judges made up of college professors and educational advocates met to determine the award recipients. Recipients were awarded between one and four roundtrip tickets for travel for themselves or a family member.

Southwest awarded 192 tickets this year to encourage students to continue pursuing their dreams in higher education.