Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund Expands Latino Participation in Aspen Institute Events and Programs

June 21, 2016

Sarah Alvarez, Program Associate
The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program
sarah.alvarez@aspeninst.org, 202-736-3542

—Purpose is to create awareness of the important contribution of Latinos to American society and build the Latino leadership pipeline and networks—

Washington, DC, June 8, 2016– The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program and Ricardo Salinas, president and founder of Mexico-based Grupo Salinas and Aspen Institute Trustee, are pleased to announce the Ricardo Salinas Scholars for the summer of 2016.

The Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund awards scholarships twice a year. Candidates need to apply to the program of their interest and if it’s a good match the program will request the funds on behalf of the candidate. A scholarship committee reviews all requests and makes selections. Questions regarding the Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Fund may be directed to Sarah Alvarez at sarah.alvarez@aspeninst.org.

“This scholarship seeks to increase Latino and Latin American participation in Aspen Institute programs, with the goal of creating awareness of the Latino community and its important contribution to American society,” said Ricardo Salinas. “There are a lot of creative ideas that Latinos can share and we should not be left out of the conversation.”

The Ricardo Salinas scholars will have the opportunity to attend policy and public programs such as the Ideas Festival, The Resnick Aspen Action Forum, Business & Society, Communications & Society, Spotlight Health, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, among others.

“Ricardo’s generous contribution has enriched the experience for all program participants and the Aspen Institute,” said Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson. “The opportunity to include different voices in these conversations has been transformational.”

As a leading educational and policy studies organization, the Aspen Institute convenes a number of public events, policy roundtables, seminars, and other programs each year to foster leadership and encourage analysis, consensus building, and problem solving on a wide variety of issues. The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program, aims to create broad awareness of the growth and importance of the Latino community to the future success of the United States and manages the Ricardo Salinas Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Congratulations to all of the Ricardo Salinas Scholarship recipients for the summer period of 2016:

  • Marcelino Alvarez, Founder and CEO, Uncorked Studios Aspen Institute Global Alliances Program Delegation to Cuba
  • Ramona Romero, General Counsel, Princeton University Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program
  • Scott Martinez, City Attorney, City of Denver Aspen Institute Socrates Program
  • Cynthia Figueroa, President and CEO, Congreso The Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society
  • Nathalie Molina, CEO, Self-Made, LLC Aspen Institute Business & Society Program
  • Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, President, National Lawyers Guild Aspen Institute Justice & Society Program
  • Ref Rodriguez, Co-Founder, Partnerships to Uplift Communities Resnick Aspen Action Forum
    Aspen Global Leadership Network
  • Amanda Fernandez, Co-Founder/CEO at Latinos for Education Resnick Aspen Action Forum Aspen Institute, Aspen Global Leadership Network
  • James Encinas, Fellow, Aspen Teacher Leaders Fellowship Resnick Aspen Action Forum Aspen Institute, Aspen Global Leadership Network
  • Catherine Cuello-Fuente, Founder of the technology and wellness start-up GreenHopping and Co Founder of the creative consulting agency InsideCrowd. The Aspen Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society
  • Mariana Somma, Entrepreneur, Calientamigos Aspen Institute
    Global Alliances Program, Partnership Opportunity Delegation to Cuba
  • Lucia Casanovas, Fundacion IES Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Susana Yepes, Compartamos con Colombia Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Andres Guerrero, Professor, Universidad de Los Andes Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Daniel Buchbinder, Founder, Alterna Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Jessica Rochmann, Director of Administration and Special Projects, FundaSistemas Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Monica Vasquez del Solar, Portfolio Director, NESsT Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Priscilla Martins, ARTEMISIA Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
  • Alejandara Campoverdi, Director of Multicultural Content, Los Angeles Times Aspen Institute Socrates Program
  • Patricia Funegra, Founder and CEO, La Cocina Aspen Institute Socrates Program
  • Giovanna Guerro, Executive Director, Ciencia Puerto Rico Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, Spotlight Health
  • Berto Aguayo, Community Leader, Mikva Challenge Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Sil Ganzó, Founder/Executive Director, ourBRIDGE Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Jonathan Jayes-Green, Co-Creator, UndocuBlack Network Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Jessica Contreras, Student and Activist, United 4 The Dream Aspen Ideas Festival
  • Oliver Merino, Latino New South Coordinator, Levine Museum of the New South Aspen Ideas Festival


The Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program (AILAS) is a policy program committed to increasing the understanding of, and improving outcomes for, the growing US Latino population and therefore, the nation. AILAS convenes meaningful dialogues among cross-sections of society with the goal of influencing more informed decision making, contributes to public awareness of Latino issues as America’s issues, infuses the work of the Aspen Institute with Latino voices, faces and ideas, and develops Latino leadership capacity and networks. www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/latinos-society

Grupo Salinas (www.gruposalinas.com) is a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, building the Mexican middle class, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas (www.ricardosalinas.com), Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies. These companies include: TV Azteca (www.tvazteca.com.mx; www.irtvazteca.com), Azteca America (us.azteca.com), Grupo Elektra (www.grupoelektra.com.mx; www.elektra.com), Banco Azteca (www.bancoazteca.com.mx), Advance America (www.advanceamerica.net), Afore Azteca (www.aforeazteca.com.mx), Seguros Azteca (www.segurosazteca.com.mx), Totalplay (www.totalplay.com.mx) and Enlace TP (enlacetp.mx). Each of the Grupo Salinas companies operates independently, with its own management, board of directors and shareholders. Grupo Salinas has no equity holdings.

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