Jersey City, New Jersey

Jun 10, 2019

Eight Students to be Awarded up to $20,000 Scholarships


Goya Foods, America’s largest Latino food company, announces the eight winners of the Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship, offered nationwide, and the Goya Employee Scholarship, offered to the sons and daughters of company employees.


The recipients of the Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year are Gabriella Perez, attending City University of New York; Carlos S. Pinilla, attending SUNY College of Tech at Dehlhi; Maya Sobaszek, attending Culinary Institute of America; and Kai Taalib, attending Culinary Institute of America. The recipients of the Goya Employee Scholarship are Eduardo Ruiz, attending Texas A&M University; Raquel Perez, attending Arizona State University; Melanie Palacios, attending New York University; and Alan Castillo, attending University of Massachusetts Amherst.


“Goya has a long-standing history of supporting the community and implementing educational programs to help strengthen the development and growth of our youth and educational systems,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.  “The Goya Scholarship Programs act not only as a symbol of our appreciation to our employees and to our community but helps promote the importance of higher education.”


Goya’s Culinary Arts Scholarship is available nationwide on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited two-year or four-year institution. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $5,000 per academic year starting and are renewable for up to three additional years provided the student remains eligible to receive funding.


Applicants were selected based on the standard requirements established by Goya and administered by Scholarship America® including academic achievement, leadership, and financial need, as well as an evaluation of an essay explaining how Goya has enriched their family traditions. 


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About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; the combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings, and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit


About Scholarship America: Scholarship America mobilizes support for students getting into and graduating from college. Since 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $3.1 billion in scholarship assistance to 2 million students, funding both entry-level and multi-year scholarships and emergency financial grants. More information is available at