Latinos Unidos Recognize Award Recipients, Raise Scholarship Money at Benefit

Joliet Junior College’s student group, Latinos Unidos, recognized award recipients and raised money for two scholarships at its annual scholarship benefit and end-of-the-year banquet on Thursday, May 26. lu photo2

The scholarships ($500 each) will be granted to deserving students who have impacted District 525’s Latino community, and will be announced at a later date. Money for the scholarships were also raised during fundraising events throughout the year. In 2013, Latinos Unidos became the first student group to have a club-endowed scholarship at JJC.

Award recipients included Latinos Unidos member Moe Arshad, who received the Emerging Leader Award; JJC psychology professor Margot Underwood who received the Corazon de JJC Award; and Enrique Rodriguez, weekend anchor/reporter for Univision Chicago, who received the Voz de Valor Award. The club also recognized Latinos Unidos adviser Martha Villegas Miranda for her dedication and service to the club.

JJC Interim President Dr. Judy Mitchell spoke at the event, providing an introduction, and Board of Trustees member Alicia Morales was the keynote speaker.

“All the club members were there as well as their families. It was a nice way to end the year and the night,” said Villegas Miranda, who added that she was proud of this year’s success, and especially proud of the members who graduated on May 13.

LULatinos Unidos is a club about leadership development, community involvement, and cultural and social awareness. In 2015, JJC was named a Hispanic serving institution, meaning that 25 percent of its student population is Latino.

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