First published in the July 2 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
Photos by Toni LeBel
The Glendale Latino Association recently handed out its Celebrate Comunidad scholarships and community awards at Sparr Heights Community Center on June 25.
Ten students from local high schools who are heading to college, as well as seven students from Glendale Community College who are transferring to four-year colleges, received scholarships. Community service was the most important factor in determining award recipients.
In addition, three “Heroes of the Pandemic” awards were presented to recognize important contributions to the community. Man of the Year was awarded to Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager Silvio Lanzas. Honored as Woman of the Year was Dr. Elizabeth Maslow-Najera, who specializes in infectious diseases at Adventist Health Glendale. The award for Organization of the Year went to Glendale Unified School District.
The scholarships were presented to the students by several individuals and organizations that are GLA’s “Partners in Giving.”
These donors include Adept Urban, Adventist Health Glendale, Mike Bray and Bob Crocker, Dr. Bill Estrada-Gallimore, Paula Devine, Dignity Health Glendale, Margaret Kaufman, Kiwanis Club of Glendale, Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club, Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian & Family and Frank Quintero, as well as a gift given in memory of Doña Lila Ramirez.