Byline: Anna Johnson
Twenty-five years ago, when Elgin Club Guadalupano awarded its first scholarships to Latino students, it only gave out two.
Throughout the years, this number has grown to 20.
"This program has really just grown," said Judy Cabrera of Club Guadalupano. "It is just absolutely fabulous."
On April 27 at Villa Olivia County Club in Bartlett, Club Guadalupano will present its 25th Latino Awards Banquet.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner, the awards presentation and dancing. Tickets are $45.
High school seniors from the Elgin area will receive college scholarships ranging from $500 to $700 that have been awarded based on achievement in academics, community service, leadership and/or athletics.
"It's wonderful to showcase the kids who exceed, not just meet, expectations," Cabrera said. "I am absolutely amazed by what students are doing."
The following students will receive their scholarship honor in various categories from Club Guadalupano next week:
Zoilo Santiago Memorial Awards for Academic Achievement
- Vanessa Arguello of Bartlett High School
Arguello is a high honors student who ranks in the top 2 percent of her graduating class of 719 students. In addition to her regular studies, Arguello completed the Certified Nursing Assistant Training Program and currently works as a nursing assistant in a local nursing home.
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