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The Latin American Community Center’s Hispanic Student Recognition Program (HSRP) recognizes exceptional high school
Hispanic students in the State of Delaware. The program has been a signature event since 1979 and maintains strong
school, community, and private sector support. The goal of the program is to open doors for Hispanic students to pursue
greater opportunities, inspire pride in our people and heritage, motivate students to work hard, and encourage families to
support them. All nominees attending the awards ceremony will be recognized and honored with a commemorative
medal. Award recipients in the five categories will receive a special award medal and cash prize. Two nominees will be
selected for the Outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year and will receive a recognition and a distinguished plaque.


- Hispanic high school students from any public or private school can be nominated for achievement awards.
- Nominees must be Delaware residents (i.e., primary residence must have a Delaware address).
- Nominees must be of Hispanic origin, defined as those persons who have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino heritage.


HSRP nomination forms must be completed and submitted online. We accept nominations from teachers, coaches, family,
community organizations, employers, mentors, and any adults familiar with the student. In addition to the nomination form
you must submit a recommendation/reference letter.

- Once the nominator application and recommendation letter are submitted, the student will be notified by the HSRP
committee via email or phone call. The student will then fill out a separate application which includes supplemental
material that may be submitted via email to or be dropped off in person at 403 North Van Buren
Street, Wilmington, DE 19805. If the application is not fully completed, it will NOT be processed. For more information,
contact Chastity Galarza at 302-655-7338 ext. 7727.

- High school students across the state are nominated to compete for awards in five categories: Academic excellence,
Community service/volunteerism, Athletics, the Arts, and Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM).

- The selection of the awardees will be done by the selection committee and will be announced at the awards ceremony.

- The HSRP selection committee evaluates and rates each application on its merit and submits the candidate’s documentation
to the selection committee for review. This committee is comprised of community leaders and educators from both the public
and private sectors.

- The two high school students with the highest scoring applications are selected as Outstanding High School Hispanic Students.

- December 20, 2019: Deadline to submit nomination application and recommendation letter.

- April 04, 2020: The HSRP Ceremony will take place at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, 100 N. DuPont Road, Wilmington, DE 19807

- The ceremony is open to the public but reservations are required. Winners must be present to receive awards.

- ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD: The Academic Award is bestowed upon a student(s) who has demonstrated the highest level
of academic performance. Rating is based on a portfolio that supports academic achievement such as academic honors/awards, number of advanced placement classes, standardized test scores, GPA, advanced placement grades, and personal statement.

- AWARDS IN THE ARTS: The Arts award is bestowed upon a student(s) who has distinguished herself or himself in the visual
arts, music, dance, and/or theater. Rating is based on honors/awards, creativity, talent, submissions*, and personal statement.

- ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD: The Athletic award is bestowed upon a high school athlete whose achievements on and off the field exemplify the best qualities of sportsmanship. Rating is based on academic achievement, team player attitude, leadership, awards received for their contributions, and personal statement.

- SCIENCE AND/OR TECHNOLOGY AWARD: The Science/Technology Award is bestowed upon a high school student(s) who has
distinguished himself or herself in the field of science (biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics) and/or technology (computer science, audiovisual, science/technology, and information systems). Rating is based on honors/awards, academic performance in related courses, science/technology projects, notable accomplishments, and personal statement.

- COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM AWARD: The Community Service award is bestowed upon a student(s) who has
demonstrated consistent and ongoing involvement in community/school service. Rating is based on the type of community service, meaning of community service, service hours (must provide documentation for hours completed), service awards, length of time serving the community, and personal statement.

- OUTSTANDING HISPANIC STUDENT OF THE YEAR: The Outstanding Hispanic Student of the Year Award is given STATEWIDE to
two high school students who have shown substantial overall achievement in most/all categories (Academics, Art, Athletics, STEM and Community Service). These two students are well-rounded and demonstrate excellence across the board, balancing a variety of activities successfully.
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