Hispanic Alumni Association

Welcome to the Hispanic Alumni Association!

The mission of HAA is to provide opportunities for networking, community engagement, support the university’s academic and athletic programs and support Hispanic students who attend the University of Houston by providing scholarship opportunities.

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President:  John Garcia (’99)

Vice President: Javier Estrada (’16)

Treasurer/Past President:  Edward Carrizales (’13)

Special Events Chair:  Katrina Ortega (’19)

Scholarship Chair: Mariana Keymolen (‘21)

Communications Chair: Veronica Olivarez (’13)

Fashion Show Co-Chairs: Maria Cavanaugh (’14), Veronica Olivarez (’13)

Community Co-Chairs: Ezequiel Benitez (‘06), Herbert Murcia (‘15)

Advisor: Jose Perez  (‘16)

Board Member:  Gustavo Silva (’19)

Board Member:  Mary Lopez (’13)

Board Member:  Jorge Barrera (’11)

Board Member: Claudia Garza (’21)

Board Member:  Gian Cardenas (’16)

Board Member:  Julia Garza (’21)

Board Member:  Gerald Ruiz (’15)

Events and Programs

The University of Houston Hispanic Alumni Association created a scholarship in honor Judge Ruben Guerrero’s (UH ‘73) incredible legacy.

Judge Ruben Guerrero Endowment

The University of Houston Hispanic Alumni Association (UHHAA) requests your support in remembering a great friend and alumnus of the University.

The first in his family to graduate from college, Judge Guerrero received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in 1973, and later received his law degree from Texas Southern University.  He practiced criminal law, and in 1992, Governor Ann Richards appointed him to serve as Judge of the 263rd State District Court.  He was later appointed Regional Director of the Small Business Administration Agency, where he managed 10 SBA offices in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico.  In 2008, the citizens of Harris County elected him Judge of the 174th State District Court.  He retired in 2016.

Judge Guerrero was a tremendous supporter of the Houston community and the University of Houston.  The UH Hispanic Alumni Association asks that you help preserve his legacy at the University of Houston by contributing to the Judge Ruben Guerrero Endowment. 

All donations are welcome, and you may contribute by check or credit card. 

Mail checks to the following: University of Houston Alumni Association, PO Box 230345, Houston, TX 77223-0345.  Checks should be made payable to the University of Houston Alumni Association. Please place Ruben Guerrero Endowment Fund in the memo line.

The University of Houston is a tax-exempt entity and contributions are tax-deductible; the University of Houston’s tax ID number is (74-6001399).

If you have any questions, you may contact Beth Kungel Borck, Director of Affiliated Alumni Associations at the UH Alumni Association by phone at (713) 743 – 9927 or by email at bkborck@uh.edu.

Thank you for your support.

Warm regards,

Mariana Keymolen (’21)

Scholarship Chair



Donations can me made using this LINK to help fund the Judge Ruben Guerrero’s (’73) Scholarship.  Please help us fund scholarships at UH for generations to come!

The UH Hispanic Alumni Association invites you to participate in our last Lotería Night, on October 28, 2021.  Stay tuned for the announcement of our Spring 2022 Lotería Night – Date and Location TBD.

Help us reach our $25,000 goal to establish a UHHAA Endowment. The Endowment will allow UHHAA to provide Scholarships to deserving Latinx students for generations to come.

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Video Link for the 2021 Virtual Fashion Show

UH HAA is excited to hold their third annual fashion show this February 19, 2022. It will be a wonderful evening filled with music, creativity and color bringing together the Houston community to raise money for scholarships. Thanks so much to all of our sponsors and supporters.

Purchase your tickets, or help by sponsoring this event, today by clicking here!


The University of Houston Hispanic Alumni Association is excited to announce the return of its Champions League Tournament – a daylong soccer event bringing together the Houston community in a friendly competition to raise money for scholarships. Help give back to the community and register as a team or as a sponsor! #GoCoogs

2022 HACL Tournament
Saturday, March 5, 2022
1160 Dairy Ashford Rd, Houston, TX 77079

7v7 Co-Ed Teams
Player Registration open until February 14, 2022

Thanks to everyone who supported the University of Houston Hispanic Alumni Association as we supported Cougar Athletics in Fall 2021 through tailgates and watch parties. Please keep an eye on our social media pages for additional Athletic Support activities for Spring 2022.

Hispanic Alumni Scholarship
The Association of Hispanic Alumni Scholarship is a one-time award ranging in amount from $250-$1000. It will be awarded to a selected, currently enrolled undergraduate student and/or an incoming undergraduate student planning to attend the University of Houston main campus with the following conditions:

An applicant who will be a first time student must be accepted for admission to the University of Houston without waiver on an unconditional basis. If currently enrolled, student must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward an undergraduate degree.  The student must maintain a full time course status and a 2.5 Grade Point Average or better while attending the University of Houston.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS WILL BE OPEN FROM January 29th through March 27th. CLICK HERE to apply today!

We will hold our Scholarship Award Ceremony & Dinner on May 26, 2022.  Check back later for more information about this event.

Come join us at our annual meeting! Check back soon to see when the date is.

The Hispanic Alumni Association prides itself on serving its community and participate in many volunteer activities throughout the year.  If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, or if you are in need of volunteers, please contact our Community Co-Chairs – Ezequiel Benitez, ‘06 and Herbert Murcia, ‘15 by emailing uhhispanicalumni@gmail.com