Our Honorees

Celebrating Latino Excellence

Emerging Latino leaders need role models for inspiration. As a celebration of Latino achievement and recognition of aspirational leadership within the Latino community, CHCI commends remarkable Latinos with its Highest Honors. Honorees have often overcome many obstacles, blazed their own trails for professional and personal success, and believed in their abilities to make a difference to their communities and the nation—similar to CHCI’s program participants. CHCI’s Honorees represent role models for young Latinos and CHCI is proud to publicly honor them at its largest event of the year.

CHCI’s Highest Honors

The following honors are bestowed upon outstanding Latino leaders at the Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. during Hispanic Heritage Month:

  • Medallion for Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Music, and Sports
  • American Dream Medallion in Education, Science, Medicine, or Civil Rights
  • Medallion of Excellence for a Distinguished Alumnus
  • Chair’s Medallion Award

The Medallion of Excellence awards are presented to individuals who conducts themselves in an exemplary manner and who serve as role models and standard-bearers for the Latino community, particularly Latino youth. There are two awards given each year—Medallion for Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Music, and Sports and the American Dream Medallion in Education, Science, Medicine, or Civil Rights.

Each recipient must have at least a 15-year record of contributions and accomplishments in his/her field with solid leadership and community involvement. The qualifying factor is philanthropic and civic engagement through the initiation or support of programs that benefit the Hispanic community as a whole.

The Medallion of Excellence for a Distinguished Alumnus recognizes a CHCI alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the Latino community. This prestigious distinction is meant to highlight the impact of CHCI’s programs and the prominence of its alumni. Candidates are judged on the full range of their professional and civic accomplishments. Nominees may be graduates of either CHCI’s internship or fellowship program, graduating at least 15 (internship) to 20 years (fellowship) from the date of award nomination.

The Chair’s Medallion Award is presented each year to an individual who has dedicated his or her public or private career to improving the lives of Hispanic Americans. The honoree is chosen wholly at the Chair’s discretion.