Past Recipients

2016 Latino Leader Award

Melina Campos

  • Summit High School graduate
  • Psychology Major, Rutgers University
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica

¨The reason why I went for Psychology had a lot to do with the Latino Youth Leadership Conference. I was able to talk to a psychologist and, as she told me what she did daily, I strongly connected to her and I knew that was what I wanted to do each day. Help families and children.¨


2016 The Latino Scholar Award-Funded by the Robert Santana Scholarship Fund

Sandra Bazalar

  • Summit High School graduate
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Member of an Honors Society Fraternity
  • Member of National Scholars Organization
  • First generation student

 "I think the Alliance for Latino Leadership is an amazing organization and is bound to do great things. I am grateful to be a part of it through its early years of development." 

2015 The Latino Leader Award

Nicole Bazalar

  • Summit High School graduate
  • Criminal Justice and Psychology Majors, Sacred Heart University
  • Works for the Public Safety Department at Sacred Heart University
  • Captain of the Division 1 Women's Rugby Team
  • Member of the Autism Awareness Club
  • Member of the Love Your Melon Campus Crew
  • First generation student. 

2015 The Latino Scholar Award-Funded by the Robert Santana Scholarship Fund

Camilo Montoya-Galvez

  • Journalism Major, Rutgers University
  • Works at Telemundo 47 Nueva York as an assignment desk editor and is also in charge of producing the reports by the station's newly launched investigative unit, Telemundo 47 Investiga
  • Country of Origin: Colombia

2014 Latino Leader Award

Yurlandy Brenes

  • Summit High School graduate
  • American Honors Program, Union County College
  • Country of Origin: Costa Rica

"I was blessed to attend the first Latino Youth Leadership Conference. As a senior in May when everyone had their college plans already figured out, I felt like I was the only one with no planned future. It was inspiring for me to see a room full of ambitions and young Latino students like me united. I met a group of wonderful people who were determined to help us discover our potential. Attending the conference gave me the confidence that I had not discover as a Latino student . . .. The conference helped me to see the power in a Latino Leader. As young Latino leaders we should use our voices and actions to defend our beliefs, our families, and our rights. That way we will impact other leaders from around the world to do the same."  

2014 The Latino Scholar Award-Funded by the Robert Santana Scholarship Fund

Fernando Centurión

  • Watchung Hills Regional High School graduate
  • Business Administration Major, County College of Morris
  • Country of Origin: Paraguay

"I am studying, working and doing everything that I can to become a fully independent adult to someday give back to this unique community that we have here."