Spanish singer Shaila Durcal will perform in U.S. laundromats to promote a college scholarship fund for Latinos.

Accompanied by mariachis, the singer is visiting laundromats in Miami and Los Angeles to bring information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Gracias Mama program, and also to bring a bit of happiness to local mothers.

"I think that it's a rather important thing for the people to feel like a family. We're here (in the laundromats along with) the moms, who do so much work every day," Durcal told Efe in Miami.

The HSF initiative, which is supported by The Clorox Company, is accepting applications for the scholarships from Oct. 8 through Jan. 17, 2012 on the Web site www.hsf.net.

Participants will have to write a 500-word essay describing the role their mother or maternal figure has had in their education.

HSF will select five students from among the applicants and will award each a $12,000 scholarship.

"What mother doesn't want to see her child triumph and have a career. And for those who get one of those scholarships, the mom will receive $500 for a spa," the artist mentioned.

For the daughter of beloved late singer Rocio Durcal, this opportunity allows her to recall the experiences she had with her mother, who died of cancer in 2006.

"The mothers are, in the final reckoning, those who are behind this. I have my mother to thank for everything because if not for her, I would not be here," said Shaila, who began her musical career as a backup singer for Rocio.