Dr. Andrew Rogerson, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, was honored for his contributions supporting the Latino community during LULAC’s (League of United Latin American Citizens) annual scholarship gala held Oct. 13 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.
The President’s Award is LULAC’s premier award granted to an individual affiliated with an institution and recognizes the individual’s contributions and support for the Latino community.
Chancellor Rogerson has been selected for his work with LULAC to create a job enhancement certification program as well as reconfirming a Memorandum of Understanding between the university and LULAC that continues a program where UA Little Rock matches LULAC scholarships for students who meet the guidelines.
“I was deeply honored to receive recognition for UA Little Rock and our work with the Latino community at the LULAC scholarship gala,” Rogerson said. “I was also gratified to learn that 12 deserving UA Little Rock students had been chosen to receive scholarships.”
Ten UA Little Rock students received LULAC scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000.
Scholarship recipients include Sandra Carmona-Garcia, graduate student in the student affairs higher education program; Andrea Elias, senior international studies and French major; Paola Moreno, sophomore nursing major; Gerardo Ramirez, sophomore architectural engineering major; Elizabeth Santillan, freshman nursing major; Yazmin Santillan, senior social work major; Claudia Vargas, sophomore psychology and human relations major; Daisy Vasquez, sophomore international studies and Spanish major; Lizette Vazquez, junior criminal justice major; and Juan Villasenor, freshman health science major.
In addition, Janette Munoz, freshman nursing student, was recognized for receiving the Richard Family Trust Scholarship from UA Little Rock, while Ashley Murguia, freshman international business major, was awarded the Patricia Guardado Memorial Scholarship from UA Little Rock.
Proceeds generated by the annual banquet and by the organization’s Cinco de Mayo Festival fund scholarships for Latino college students. The fund also helps the league perform citizenship and voter-registration drives and conduct youth leadership training programs. LULAC seeks to empower the Latino community at the local, state, and national level through its seven councils chartered in Arkansas.
The organization involves and serves Latinos of all national origins and focuses heavily on education, civil rights and employment. Over 18 years, LULAC Council 750 Little Rock has awarded approximately $750,000 in college scholarships to 400 students.
In the upper right photo, Chancellor Andrew Rogerson congratulates UA Little Rock students who received LULAC scholarships during the Oct. 13 gala at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. Photo by Lonnie Timmons III/UA Little Rock Communications.