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Diageo Extends Deadline for 'Celebrate the Future' Scholarships

CHICAGO, July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Diageo, the world's leading spirits, beer and wine company, today announced an extension of the deadline for applications to the Celebrate the Future Scholarship Fund program in Illinois. Applications will be accepted through August 6th. The one-week extension will allow for more participation from Hispanics interested in pursuing hospitality and leisure industry careers.

"Everyone is busy with work, family and friends in the summer months and we want to provide a little more time for nominations and applications," said Diana Fujimura, Marketing Manager, Diageo Illinois. "We want to remind the community that the time to take advantage of these unique scholarships and paid internships is now."

Celebrate the Future was developed to strengthen Diageo's commitment to the Hispanic community. The program focuses on awarding scholarships to Latinos in Illinois, 21 and older. This year Diageo will award more than $55,000 in funds in Higher Education Scholarships and Vocational Scholarships. The fund will also offer two six-month paid internships in sales and marketing, courtesy of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the leading alcohol beverage distributors in the country and Diageo's distributor in Illinois.

Members of the Hispanic community can apply directly or nominate candidates who are interested in pursuing or continuing their careers in the hospitality industry. The Celebrate the Future Scholarship Fund application requirements are as follows:

  • Must be 21 years of age by the close of the application process on August 6th, 2010.
  • Must be Hispanic/Hispanic descent and a legal resident of Illinois
  • Must have a minimum high school diploma
  • Must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA out of a 4.0 scale while in school (or the equivalent)

For more information, to apply for a scholarship, or nominate a candidate, please visit:

About Diageo

Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O) is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE).

For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit

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