Hispanic Annual Salute promotes volunteerism, supports post secondary education and fosters unity among Colorado’s Hispanic population. The organization was founded by the late M.L. Sam Sandos in 1980 and continues today as the only organized effort to recognize Hispanic volunteers throughout Colorado.

With college becoming increasingly crucial to career development, financial awards play a vital role in fostering the future success of young Latinos. Hispanic Annual Salute honors outstanding Hispanic student volunteers by pledging a minimum of $20,000 in scholarships each year to a select number of high school seniors who live by the principle of philanthropy in their community. They are “unsung heroes” in their own right and are a safe bet to become future leaders of our local communities and nation.

HAS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Colorado’s Hispanic community is unmistakably strong and active, tirelessly working toward improving the future

Inspiring through Recognition

Each year, our Selection Committee chooses individual winners that exhibit volunteersim in Colorado. We aim to honor volunteers and inspire new ones through recognition.

Recognizing Hispanic Volunteers of all Ages

For adult honorees, HAS recognizes their contribution to the community by awarding $500 to their charity of choice.

Recognizing Hispanic Students that Volunteer

HAS recognizes the ambition and volunteerism of student honorees by contributing to their future with a minimum $2,000 college scholarship.
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“HIS” Story

Meet our founder, Sam, and learn about the legacy he left in Colorado. Sam’s story is our history.

Meet Our Team

We’re led by our own set of volunteers and community leaders. Learn who makes HAS possible. Meet our Board of Directors.


Wonder how HAS functions and chooses its annual winners? Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions.