In 1978, the Hispanic Community Affairs Council (HCAC) was organized in Alameda County by a visionary group of community leaders, David Castro, Arnold Mendoza, Benito Montoya, Alberto Cuadra and Charlie Santana. They were interested in providing a forum to debate issues of interest to the Latino/Hispanic communities, sharing information regarding employment opportunities, and developing a broad network of individuals. In 1986, HCAC became a non-profit community-based organization.
In 1983, the Hispanic Community Affairs Council in partnership with La Comisión Honorifica Mexicana, Alameda Technical College, and Albert and Bertha Markstein Beverage Company held its first Scholarship Luncheon and awarded four scholarships. The idea to fund scholarships for Latino/Hispanic students came from Marie Contreras-Danner, Dr. Arnold Chavez, and Raul Jaramillo, who recognized the need to financially assist under-represented Latino/Hispanic students achieve a college education. Over the years, this partnership has grown and become stronger thanks to our sponsors who have shared our vision. Our collective efforts increase the number of Latino/Hispanic youth who reach their higher education goals.
HCAC continues to be a volunteer-driven organization composed of individuals who have committed their time and efforts to help Latino/Hispanic youth in our community pursue a college education. As of today, HCAC has awarded over $1.5 million dollars in scholarships to approximately 2,000 young men and women throughout Alameda County. We are proud that 100 percent of all donations are awarded to the students. These deserving scholars have been selected on the basis of academic excellence, leadership, service to their community, and economic need. Thanks to our sponsors, members, friends and volunteers, we are making a difference… together we are building a better future.