D. D. Hachar Program

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This Year’s D.D. Hachar Speaker is
Donnine Canamar, Art Director at GSD&M

Ten students representing the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts joined the SJMC this spring to participate in the PRSSA 2018 Regional Conference. This is the first time they come for this event, and we were excited to host them!

Check out their work from when they visited the SJMC during Mass Comm Week in 2017!

About the Program:

H-LOGO1-COLORThe D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program is a joint venture between the university and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Students visit campus for the day to participate in presentations by mass communication professionals and visit campus facilities, including campus media and residence halls. For many of the students, this was their first visit to a college campus. More than half of the students indicated they would be the first in their family to attend college.

The Laredo students traditionally visit campus in October during Mass Communication Week so they can mingle with college students and benefit from a variety of mass communication professionals who speak on campus for the event. About 600 Laredo students have visited Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication since the beginning of the partnership with the D.D. Hachar Charitable Trust in 2004.

The Texas State University Office of Admissions also provides financial support for the program as does the School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the University Bookstore.


The D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Texas State University hosts professionals in the field of communications to visit Texas State University during Mass Comm Week.
The Vidal M. Trevino School of Fine Arts and Communication magnet school has visited Texas State University from Laredo for the last 12 years bringing over 450 students. The Lyndon B. Johnson High School of the United ISD has also visited San Marcos with its students
The commitment of instructors, advisors, media professionals and faculty members who mentor the dedication and hard work of Hispanic students in Laredo, make the program a one-of-a-kind program.
Don Demetrio David Hachar once said, With education people do not need outside help; they can help themselves”.
Don Demetrio David Hachar, a Lebanese born immigrant who moved to Laredo and shared his business’ success with the community, made a promise to help finance young ‘Laredoans’ with their formal education. Upon his death a trust fund, a living legacy to his promise, was set in 1980 and has helped hundreds of Hispanic students from Laredo complete higher education and succeed.

D. Hachar Charitable Trust Fund
2200 Post Oak Blvd., 19th Fl.
Houston, TX United States 77056-4700
Telephone: (956) 764-2811
Fax: (956) 764-1592

Date Founded: Established in 1980 in Texas.

Purpose: Providing funding primarily for higher education, particularly scholarships to financially needy residents (of at least 3 years) of Laredo, Webb County, and surrounding counties in TX, who must maintain a GPA of 2.75. Students planning to attend a technical or vocational school will be considered on an individual basis as far as grade point average is concerned.

Type of Grant maker: Independent foundation.


Getting A Taste of the College Life

In 2018 a group of eight parents accompanied the Laredo students from LBJ High School. A program was tailored to the parents with the help of the Center for Study of Latino Media and Markets, a part of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Parents explored services available to students on campus. They also discussed the barriers to college with Dr. Sindy Chapa of the Latino media center.

Also visiting campus in years past was the Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts. About 40 students from the Trevino school make the trip to Texas State each year as part of the D.D. Hachar program.