December 3, 2008

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The Home Depot®, AAF Announce Winners of Most Promising Minority
Students Scholarship Sponsored by The Home Depot

New Grant Rewards Undergraduate Achievement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Fourteen high-achieving students have been selected as the winners of the 2008 Most Promising Minority Students/The Home Depot Scholarship. The scholarship is sponsored by The Home Depot and executed by the American Advertising Federation's Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism.

Both the AAF and The Home Depot are committed to helping multicultural students finish their undergraduate educations and jump start their advertising and marketing careers.

"Diversity and inclusion have always been a part of The Home Depot's core values, and we believe that they are the catalysts for innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit," said Manish Shrivastava, director of multicultural marketing. "We are honored to be associated with a program that is committed to the diversification of the advertising industry and acknowledges qualified candidates from a variety of backgrounds."

"We are thankful and very appreciative that The Home Depot, a company that is always out front and taking the lead, reached out to us to create this scholarship," said James Edmund Datri, AAF president and CEO. "Diversity is a central issue for us, for the industry and for our nation, and it is important that we support the education and training of advertising's future leaders."

Each winning student will receive a $5,000 scholarship to be used for their tuition and education-related expenses. To be eligible for the scholarship, students had to be college sophomores or juniors and demonstrate the potential to become a candidate for AAF's Most Promising Minority Students Program, which focuses on multicultural seniors. Students also had to have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a U.S. citizen of African, Asian, Latino, Native American or Pacific Islander descent.

The recipients of the 2008 Most Promising Minority Students/The Home Depot Scholarships are:

  • Anna Berlett – University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Victoria Cheng – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Daniela Contreras – University of San Francisco
  • Pamela Diaz – Florida State University
  • Brandi Keeler – College for Creative Studies, Detroit
  • Vance Lewis – Howard University
  • Nicole Mitchell – University of Illinois
  • Deanna Moreno – University of Illinois
  • Ashley Newman – University of Illinois
  • Erica Pang – University of California, Berkeley
  • Cynthia Panganiban – University of Illinois
  • Ellena Park – University of Texas, Austin
  • Sebastian Reeve – Texas State University, San Marcos
  • Kelly Togashi – Pennsylvania State University

For more information about the Most Promising Minority Students/The Home Depot Scholarship or the Most Promising Minority Students Program, contact Tricia Ward at or visit

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The American Advertising Federation (AAF), headquartered in Washington, D.C., acts as the "Unifying Voice for Advertising." The AAF is the oldest national advertising trade association, representing 50,000 professionals in the advertising industry. The AAF has a national network of 200 ad clubs located in ad communities across the country. Through its 215 college chapters, the AAF provides 6,500 advertising students with real-world case studies and recruitment connections to corporate America. The AAF also has 130 blue-chip corporate members that are advertisers, agencies and media companies, comprising the nation's leading brands and corporations. For more information, visit the AAF's Web site at