CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — United Airlines and the Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund today announced the 2012 video contest, “Destino: Latinoamerica” (“Destination: Latin America”), for Hispanic college students.
Participants submit a video highlighting five reasons to visit one of the Latin American or Caribbean countries where United flies. The winning student will receive six tickets good for travel to a United destination in the continental U.S., Alaska, Canada, the Caribbean or Mexico.
“We are pleased to continue our support of Adelante! and its efforts to prepare Latino college students for careers in Corporate America,” said John Slater, United’s vice president of sales-Americas. “‘Destino: Latinoamerica’ gives students a creative way to learn more about Latin America and the Caribbean, which will help them as they compete for jobs in a global marketplace.” United flies to 72 destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
United also contributes airline tickets for 16 Adelante! scholarship recipients nationwide to attend the organization’s Leadership Institute in San Antonio in October.
Deadline for submitting videos is Oct. 5. Videos may be in English or Spanish and should not exceed three minutes in length. A committee of United and Adelante! representatives will select finalist videos based on clarity of expression, originality and creativity. Finalists’ videos will be posted on Adelante!’s Facebook page, where the public may vote for the winner from Oct.15-19. The winning video, which will be announced at Adelante!’s Leadership Institute gala on Oct. 29, will be posted on Adelante!’s website, Facebook and YouTube sites.
“The ‘Destino: Latinoamerica’ video contest provides students with a great opportunity to showcase the history, culture, and people that are part of the vast Latino spectrum in the Americas,” said Jay Zambrano, executive director, Adelante! U. S. Education Leadership Fund. “Travel can lead to a better understanding of the world and be a life-changing experience.”
Hispanic college students with at least a 3.0 GPA and who are legal U.S. residents may participate. DVDs should be sent with supporting documents (name, address, telephone, college, major, date of graduation, proof of enrollment and GPA) to Sarah Ramos, Program Coordinator, Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, “Destino: Latinoamerica,” 8415 Datapoint Drive, Ste. 400, San Antonio, Texas 78229.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,574 flights a day to 377 airports on six continents from our hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142 million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any other airline in North America. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022, including 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 25 Airbus A350XWBs, and 100 Boeing 737 MAX 9. United was rated the world’s most admired airline on FORTUNE magazine’s 2012 airline-industry list of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United’s MileagePlus program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S. state and in countries around the world. For more information, visit united.com or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of United’s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
The Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund is a national non-profit based in San Antonio, Texas. The organization prepares college students for leadership roles upon entry into the workforce. Since its designation as a 501(c) (3), Adelante! has awarded over $1.5 million in scholarships to undergraduate students across the nation. Since the organization’s founding in 1999, its mission has been to inspire the best and the brightest Latino students to graduate and lead through scholarships, internships, and leadership development. Visit www.adelantefund.org or call 1-877-692-1971 for more information.