Seeing the growing need to serve the Latino community in the media market, two-time alumnus, Greg Fess, sought that opportunity and joined the Univision team 12 years ago. As a part of the team, Fess gained a strong appreciation for its passion to be the best and to serve the Latino community well. With that vision, Fess was able to help launch Univision stations in many U.S. markets such as Salt Lake City, Detroit, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Kansas City, Missouri, Fort Myers-Naples, Florida, Amarillo, Texas, and the state of Arkansas.
As part of a growing market, Univision plays a vital role, providing information to help educate Latinos on many topics such as immigration, health, education, government and business issues and local events. Fess believes that with knowledge comes power and members of the Univision team agree.
The Univision scholarship program was established four years ago to inspire Latinos to further their education.
“Latinos lag behind the non-Latino population in going to college and we felt that we could help make a difference utilizing our TV station and local TV stars to motivate high school and college students to get their college degree,” Fess said.
Over the last three years, the Univision scholarship program has given more than $50,000. To continue that impact, some local businesses have joined Univision’s cause and helped with administration and funding. “It has been very rewarding for all involved,” Fess said. The Arkansas Community Foundation administers the scholarships and selects the winners and Northwest Technical Institute provides two full scholarships, he said.
Fess believes that education is the future of our country. “It empowers people to make better decisions and live a higher quality of life. It is the gift that keeps giving from one generation to another. Through education, we become better teachers for future generations,” Fess said.
A man of his own words, Fess is a 1980 and 1982 graduate of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and a former Razorback tennis team member and assistant coach. He met his wife of 32 years, Judith, in graduate school and they later had four children Kristen, Rebekah, Sarah and Hall. All of his children also attended the U of A.