CHCI’s Highest Honors

Each year CHCI presents its Highest Honors at its Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. during Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Medallion of Excellence awards are presented to an individual who conducts himself or herself in an exemplary manner and who serves as a role model and standard-bearer for the Latino community, particularly Latino youth. The individual 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.

Medallion of Excellence Categories:

Medallion for Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Music, and Sports

American Dream Medallion in Education, Science, Medicine, or Civil Rights

The Chair's Award(s) 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.

The Medallion of Excellence for a Distinguished Alumnus recognizes a CHCI alumnus who has made an outstanding contribution to the Latino Community and who has thereby achieved distinction. This prestigious annual award is meant to highlight the impact of CHCI's programs and the prominence of its alumni. Those considered are judged on the full range of their professional accomplishments.  Alumni must have graduated from the Fellowship program at least 20 years or the Internship program 15 years from the date of nomination.

2013






Salma Hayek Pinault

Medallion of Excellence in the Arts, Entertainment, Music or Sports

 

 

 

 

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.
American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine or Civil Rights

 

 



Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa

Chair's Medallion Award

 

 


CHCI Alumni Association Founding Members
CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award


2012

   







Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (ret.)
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 

 


 

George Lopez
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 




Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

Chair's Award

 

 

 


Hon. Liza Rodriguez

CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award


2011

 Vikki Carr  







Vikki Carr
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service
 José Hernádez

 

 


 

José Hernández
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

Ken Salazar

 

 




The Honorable Ken Salazar, U.S. Secretary of the Interior 

Chair's Award

Hilda L. Solis The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor
Chair's Award
Orson Aguilar

 

 

 


Orson Aguilar
CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award

Chris Weitz








Chris Weitz

CHCI Excellence in Service Award

photo: David Roker

 


2010

 






Eva Longoria Parker
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 

 

 Arturo Sandoval
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 




Lin-Manuel Miranda 

Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

 


Gabriella Gomez

CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award



2009

 






Lalo Guerrero (awarded posthumously)
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 

 

Soledad O'Brien
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 




Marc Anthony
Chair's Lifetime Achievement Award

 

 

 


Ana Maria Arias (awarded posthumously)
CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award

 


2008

 






Rosie Perez
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 

 

Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, USA (Ret.)
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 




Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz
Chair's Award

 

 

 

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen
Chair's Award








Rep. Jose E. Serrano
Chair's Award

 

 

 

Enrique Figueroa, Ph.D.
CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award


 2007



 

 








Rep. Luis Gutierrez

Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service








Monica Lozano

Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service

 

 



Ms. Regina Aragón
CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award



Tribute to Latino Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients
Chair's Award


2006









Jimmy Smits

Medallion of Excellence for Leadership


 

 







Roberto Walker Clemente (awarded posthumously)
Medallion of Excellence for Community Service









Maria Elena Salinas

Chair's Award

 

 

 







Dr. José Garzon
CHCI Distinguished Alumnus Award


2005









Alonzo Cantu

Medallion of Excellence for Community Service







Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Medallion of Excellence for Leadership







Rita Moreno
Chair's Award

2004








Dolores Huerta

Medallion of Excellence for Community Service





Arturo Rodriguez

Medallion of Excellence for Leadership








Jorge Ramos
Chair's Award


2003

 






Hon. Bill Richardson
Medallion of Excellence for Community Service

 

 

 

Raúl Yzaguirre
Medallion of Excellence for Community Service

 

 




Ricky Martin
Chair's Humanitarian Award

 


2002

 






Hon. Henry Cisneros
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership

 

 

 

Emilio and Gloria Estefan
Medallion of Excellence for Community Service


2001

  The Medallions of Excellence were not conferred due to the cancellation of the gala in the wake of
September 11.

2000

  Dedicated to the entire Hispanic community for their contributions to the United States.

1999

 






Hon. Robert Menendez
Medallion of Excellence for Leadership

 

 

 

Carlos Santana
Medallion of Excellence for Community Service


1998

  The Medallions of Excellence Awards were not conferred due to the retirements of the Hon. Henry B. Gonzalez and Hon. Esteban Torres.

1997









Moctesuma Esparza

Distinguished Service Award
  Elisa Sanchez
Role Model Award
 
Tribute for the Hon. Frank Tejeda in memoriam.

1996

  The Medallions of Excellence Awards were not conferred due to the retirement of CHCI founding member, the Hon. E. "Kika" de la Garza.

1995

  Dr. Manuel A. Alzugaray
Distinguished Service Award
 
Carmen Zapata

Role Model Award

1994









Hon. Fernando Ferrer

Distinguished Service Award







Miriam I. Cruz

Role Model Award

1993








Lucille Beserra-Roybal

Distinguished Service Award







Dr. Ellen Ochoa

Role Model Award

1992









Antonia Hernandez

Distinguished Service Award
  The Role Model Award was not conferred due to the retirement of CHCI founding member, the Hon. Edward R. Roybal.

1991










Sonia Manzano

Distinguished Service Award
  Jesse Benavides
Role Model Award

1990









Dr. Antonia C. Novello

Distinguished Service Award







Sidney M. Gutierrez

Role Model Award

1989









Marta Istomín

Distinguished Service Award






Edward James Olmos
Role Model Award

1988








Prof. Jaime Escalante

Distinguished Service Award






Chi Chi Rodríguez

Role Model Award

1987








Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz
Distinguished Service Award

1986









Clara Padilla Andrews
Distinguished Service Award






Hon. Edward N. Hidalgo
Role Model Award

1985



 

 

 









Hon. E. "Kika" de la Garza










Hon. and Mrs. Robert García








Hon. Manuel Lujan, Jr.







Hon. Edward R. Roybal

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