Cathy Acevedo Memorial Scholarship

About The Award

Cathy Acevedo began her career at Illinois in the Counseling Center, where she provided outreach programs to students of color, and it was this dedication that awarded her the 2003 Student Affairs Outstanding Staff Award. From the Counseling Center, she became an Associate Dean in the Office of the Dean of Students where she coordinated diversity programs and initiatives and worked closely with students to promote and fund multicultural programming. She was an instrumental part of the establishment of Latino Family Day at Illinois, serving as its founding chair.

Dean Acevedo was also an active member of the Champaign community, serving as a Sunday school teacher at St. Patrick Church and devoting time to the annual "Christmas Coats for Kids" program in the Champaign school district.

One award will be given to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated interest in the advancement of Latino(a) issues and concerns. Preference will be given to high school graduates from Illinois who have a demonstrated financial need. The recipient will have the opportunity to work with La Casa Cultural Latina and assist in meeting its mission and goals.

Nominators, please address the following in your nomination:

  • Describe in detail  how the nominee has made a significant impact on the quality of campus and/or community life, especially in regards to Latino(a) issues and concerns.
  • Describe how the nominee’s contributions to campus and/or community life demonstrates exceptional leadership, especially in regards to Latino(a) issues and concerns
  • Describe how the student has demonstrated an interest in the advancement of Latino(a) issues and concerns.