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USHCC Foundation, Group O award scholarship to Hispanic MBA student


Marcus Arroyo received $10,000 scholarship

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Group O awarded a $10,000 scholarship to Marcus Arroyo, an MBA student at the University of Notre Dame and a Navy lieutenant.

Announced September 17 during the USHCC’s 34th Annual National Convention in Chicago, the scholarship is the first of five annual awards stemming from a $50,000 commitment by Group O, a business process outsourcing provider that ranks among the largest Latino-owned businesses in the nation.

After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy, Arroyo earned the rank of lieutenant during his seven years in the Navy. He served aboard ship in Japan and at a joint service IT communications facility in Germany. Upon completing his MBA studies, Arroyo plans to pursue a career in technology consulting.

“I am so thankful for the opportunity that Group O and the USHCC have afforded me.” Arroyo said. “Being awarded this year’s scholarship is not only symbolic of their generosity, but also of the strong business community that Hispanics continue to forge. The award has helped ease the costs of my MBA program, and it has emboldened me even more to support the Hispanic community throughout my professional career. I am very excited about the path ahead, and I know I too will soon be paying it forward.”

USHCC President and CEO Javier Palomarez said the Chamber applauds Group O for doing its part to help grow tomorrow’s business leaders. “These scholarships will allow young people to attain higher education, placing them one step closer to fulfilling their dreams,” Palomarez said.

Group O CEO Gregg Ontiveros said his company’s support of promising post-graduate students is a prudent investment in the future of this country and beyond.

“Our philosophy is that everyone wins when people are given an opportunity to show what they can do,” Ontiveros said. “The next generation of Hispanic business leaders will need to be prepared to lead and compete on a global level, and we’re excited to partner with USHCC to help make that happen.”

Headquartered in Milan, Ill., Group O employs more than 1,500 and specializes in marketing services, business analytics, supply chain operations and strategic packaging solutions. It is a Corporate Plus member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, a National Minority Supplier of the Year honoree, and it is recognized by the USHCC as a Top 5 Latino-owned Business.