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Scholar of the Month

Edwin Hurtado - April 2015 Scholar of the Month

Edwin Hurtado
Brownsville, Texas
B.A., Government
The University of Texas at Austin

Edwin Hurtado graduated from James Pace High School in Brownsville, Texas. While in high school, he was involved in many extracurricular activities including National Honor Society, SkillsUSA, theTechnology Student Association, and Science Fair. During his senior year, Edwin qualified for Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair, where he competed with students from over 70 countries.

Edwin is currently in his third year at The University of Texas at Austin working towards a B.A. in Government. After graduation, Edwin plans to enroll in law school in order to become an attorney and eventually pursue a career in politics to help marginalized and underrepresented communities.

Edwin gained professional experience by interning in the Texas House of Representatives during the 83rd and 84th Legislature, as well as in the Office of the Governor. During his time in the political field, he noticed that several Latino issues were not being appropriately addressed. This led him to become more involved on campus with the Latino community. He started by joining student organizations including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Chapter, which hosts outreach events at local high schools to motivate and empower students to pursue a degree in higher education, and Latino Community Affairs, a student organization that addresses community issues through meetings with campus staff and student representatives and hosting events that inform and engage the student body. More recently, he also became a brother of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, joining because of the great value they place on culture and their dedication to helping the Latino community.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Edwin served as the Chair of the Latino Leadership Summit for the Latino Community Affairs agency. The goal of the Latino Leadership Summit is to give students leadership opportunities to collaborate and discuss the many challenges faced by our communities. As Chair of the Latino Leadership Summit, Edwin was tasked with all the logistics of putting the event together as a way to motivate/empower the attendees to become involved in their communities. Thanks to his efforts, he was able to secure keynote participation from prominent Texas Latinos such as Rep. Joaquin Castro, State Representative Mary E. González and motivational speaker Raul Magdaleno. The workshop presentations were led by Latinos from Texas in the fields of academia, media, technology, business, law, and non-profits. Edwin is happy to share that this event was a huge success, with participation of students from nine different colleges and high schools from all over Texas. Participants were able to gain a deeper understanding of issues facing the Latino community as well as how they can act to solve them.

Past Scholar of the Month

David Rodriguez - March 2015 Scholar of the Month
Jennifer Villalobos - February 2015 Scholar of the Month
Maria Garibay Campos - January 2015 Scholar of the Month
Samantha Perez - December 2014 Scholar of the Month
Andrea Gutierrez - November 2014 Scholar of the Month
Elias Jimenez - September 2014 Scholar of the Month
Monserrat Baeza - August 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mayra Estrada - July 2014 Scholar of the Month
Isaias Faustino - June 2014 Scholar of the Month
Wendy Cartagena-Gonzalez - May 2014 Scholar of the Month
Cesar Esteban Bernal - April 2014 Scholar of the Month
Celia Flores - March 2014 Scholar of the Month
Aldo Sosa - February 2014 Scholar of the Month
Mikayla B. Aviles - January 2014 Scholar of the Month
Christian Guerrero - December 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Esperanza Perez - November 2013 - Scholar of the Month
Adrian Rosas September 2013 Scholar of the Month
Vivienne T. Meljen - August 2013 Scholar of the Month
Sophia DeAraujo - July 2013 SOTM
Ricky Vides - Scholar of the Month - June 2013
Kelvin Castillo - Scholar of the Month - May 2013
Xochitl Davila - Scholar of the Month - April 2013
Brian Ibarra - March 2013 Scholar of the Month
Jacqueline B. Odum - February 2013 Scholar of the Month
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Karla Arevalo-Alas -- October 2012 Scholar
Luis C. Alvarez Scholar -- September 2012
Carolina Gonzalez Scholar -- July 2012
Daniel Caraballo Scholar -- June 2012
Rose Aviles Scholar -- May 2012
Felix A. Navarro, Jr.-April 2012 Scholar
Andie Lee Gonzalez-March 2012 Scholar
Kevin Magaña-February 2012 Scholar
Rebecca Rodriguez-January 2012 Scholar
Erika S. DiVivo-August Scholar
Wesley Quevedo - July Scholar
Arlett A. Aguayo - June Scholar
Ricardo L. Baez-May Scholar
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Monica Avila -- February 2011
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Maria Murillo -- November 2010
Gilberto Chaidez, Jr. -- August 2010
Stephanie A. Alvarez -- July 2010
Christian Amador -- June 2010
Isabeth Mendoza --May 2010