This marks the 20th year the Hachar Program has supported Laredo youth education by enabling the students’ participation in Mass Comm Week.

The D.D. Hachar Program

The 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 Vidal M. Trevino School of Fine Arts and Communication magnet school students visiting Old Main during Mass Comm Week 2022.

What is the D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program?

The D. D. Hachar Visiting Hispanic Media Professionals Program with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University hosts professionals in the field of communications to visit Texas State University during Mass Comm Week.

Which Laredo High Schools have visited the campus?

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 600 students. The Lyndon B. Johnson High School of the United ISD has also visited San Marcos with its students

What makes this program unique?

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.

What is “The Hachar Promise?”

Don Demetrio David Hachar once said, With education, people do not need outside help; they can help themselves”.

Who is Demetrio D. Hachar?

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 three 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.

2023 Schedule

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

9 a.m.
Students Arrive at LBJ Student Center

9:15 a.m.
Old Main 234
Coordinator – Dino Chiecchi
Welcome – Harry Bowers, SJMC Associate Director

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Old Main 234
Student Panel with Lesdy Hernandez, Vicente Mendoza, Nairobi Walford

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Alkek One Studio Tour

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 a.m.
Lunch – Harris Dining Hall

12:30 p.m.
LBJ Student Center 3-5.1
Diana Fuentes, Executive Director, Investigative Reporters & Editors

1 p.m.
LBJ Student Center 3-5.1
KTSW & University Star

2 p.m.
LBJ Student Center 3-5.1
Conan Campos, Admissions

3:15 p.m.
LBJ Student Center bookstore tour

3:45 p.m.
Students Return to Laredo

Dino Chiecchi