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Century 21 Real Estate LLC, in partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, presented recently the 40 newly-licensed real estate agents of the “Empowering Latinas” program, which awards scholarships to help Latina entrepreneurs earn a real estate license. The Houston winners were selected from more than 285 local area applicants seeking to achieve their dream of a career in real estate.

Credit: Century 21 Real Estate

Among the new licensees are sales executives, personal trainers, accountants, housewives and legal assistants.

“At Century 21 Real Estate we understand the importance of providing opportunities to attract young, diverse agents into the real estate industry,” says Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate. “Through this program, we are able to identify that next generation of leaders and better equip them to reach their own personal career goals. Each one of these entrepreneurs embodies the relentless spirit of the CENTURY 21® brand and we can’t wait to watch them achieve extraordinary things.”

Each honoree received a scholarship to cover the 180-hour real estate academy course tuition fees as well as the fees to take the Texas real estate agent exam. In addition, each awardee was paired with a Houston-area CENTURY 21-affiliated broker as a mentor offering them the opportunity to hone their craft with a trusted industry professional. This year’s awardees were honored at a special celebratory event hosted by Maria Esther Mendez, TV personality and host of “Univision Houston.”

“As a mom of five children, I decided to pursue real estate because I wanted to make a change in my career and find a way to help others in my community achieve their dreams of owning a home,” says Yulitzia Fuentes, a 2019 scholarship recipient. “Before joining the scholarship program, I worked as a waitress, receptionist, manager of a legal office and sales director. Thanks to this opportunity I now have the tools and inspiration to focus on my goals and become a leader with the support of professionals in the real estate industry. I’m excited to join the ranks of the relentless CENTURY 21-affiliated agents making their mark right here in Texas.”

To view the full list of the 40 Empowering Latinas scholarship and mentorship program winners and learn more about their stories, please visit