Photo via Pixabay Vallarta Supermarkets Tuesday announced a $110,000 contribution to local education organizations and schools, including Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, to support Latino students seeking a university or college education in markets that the Sylmar-based company serves.

“Given our company’s immigrant roots, we recognize the importance of family, hard work and education. Consequently, we made a decision to contribute $110,000 toward scholarships for Latino students,” said Rick Castillo, marketing director of Vallarta Supermarkets. “Many of our customers came to this country seeking the American dream of a better life for themselves and their families. We want to help our customers obtain that dream.”

The largest contribution — $25,000 — is earmarked for the TELACU Education Foundation, and the second-largest — $15,000 — for Antelope Valley College.

Southwestern Community College will receive $10,000.

The other recipients, which will also eachl receive $10,000, are:

— The Hispanic Education Foundation;

— Fresno Unified School District;

— Oxnard Community College;

— Youth Leaders Education Foundation;

— Hancock College in Santa Maria; and

— Victor Valley College in Victorville.

“We will be using multiple platforms to inform our customers of our scholarship contributions in local markets, including Vallarta Supermarket’s website, social media and employee briefings,” Castillo said. “We hope our customers will take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity.”

Vallarta Supermarkets’ 50 stores are located in San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Kern, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Fresno counties.

—City News Service