JCPenney Recognizes Hispanic Students as Part of the 2007 Premios Juventud Awards

Through the Gift of Education, JCPenney Brings Hispanic Youth Closer to Their Life Aspirations


Last night, JCPenney (NYSE:JCP) enhanced Univision's annual awards show for youth, Premios Juventud, by presenting three exceptional Hispanic students with college scholarships - each worth $15,000 - during the live show. Premios Juventud, of which JCPenney is the official retail sponsor, targets Latino youth with an energetic show presenting nominees in original categories in music, film, sports, fashion and pop culture and is considered the Hispanic youth show of the year.

Scholarship winners were selected in the categories of academic excellence, athletics and music. Latin GRAMMY(R) winning singer and songwriter Juan Luis Guerra (music), Noticiero Univision anchor Jorge Ramos (academic) and Association of Surfing Professionals Women's World Champion Sofia Mulanovich (sports), were on hand to present the scholarships. Student Rosa Avalos Chumpitazi will use her academic scholarship to study engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Tae-Kwon-Do student Warner J. Santiago will use his sports scholarship to study at the University of Puerto Rico, Recinto Universitario de Mayaguez; and alto saxophone player Irving Murguia will use his music scholarship to study music this fall at California State University.

"We believe in powering the potential of today's youth. Through these scholarships we are able to give these students a helping hand while investing in the future of our next generation of leaders," said Manny Fernandez, multicultural marketing director for JCPenney. "Partnering with Premios Juventud for this initiative allows us to truly engage our Hispanic youth market and emotionally connect the JCPenney brand closer to our customers."

The JCPenney Premios Juventud scholarship winners attended the show in star fashion starting with a makeover at a Miami JCPenney store, which included service by professionals at the JCPenney salon along with a wardrobe of the latest JCPenney Back-to-School fashions. This morning, all three participants are scheduled to be interviewed on Univision's morning show, Despierta America.

In its fourth year, the three-hour Premios Juventud honors the biggest names in U.S. Hispanic show business, fashion and sports. Among this year's nominees for Premios Juventud were RBD, Wisin y Yadel, David Bisbal, Thalia, Aventura, Shakira and Antonio Banderas. Premios Juventud was broadcast live from the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami on the Univision Network.

About JCPenney

JCPenney is one of America's leading retailers, operating 1,040 department stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, as well as one of the largest apparel and home furnishing sites on the Internet,, and the nation's largest general merchandise catalog business. Through these integrated channels, JCPenney offers a wide array of national, private and exclusive brands which reflect the Company's commitment to providing customers with style and quality at a smart price. Traded as "JCP" on the New York Stock Exchange, the Company posted revenue of $19.9 billion in 2006 and is executing its strategic plan to be the growth leader in the retail industry. Key to this strategy is JCPenney's "Every Day Matters" brand positioning, intended to generate deeper, more emotionally driven relationships with customers by fully engaging the Company's 155,000 Associates to offer encouragement, provide ideas and inspire customers every time they shop with JCPenney.

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.