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October 24, 2018– Northern Kentucky University students recently were awarded scholarships by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). LULAC’s 13th Annual Scholarship Recipients Celebration was held at NKU on September 20 and recognized 34 Latino students from area colleges for their scholastic achievements.

“The students are inspiring examples of people who are making a significant difference in the Hispanic community.  They are the Future Leaders of America,” said Lourdes Ribera, LULAC Cincinnati President.

NKU’s Leo Calderon, director of Latino Programs and Services, received the “Unsung Hero” Award. Calderon was nominated for his dedication and personal coaching to hundreds of Latino Students at NKU and in the Cincinnati community.

NKU LULAC Scholarship Recipients:

Guillermo Benitez

Christina Caffrey

Gisela Garcia

Nancy Giron

Rolando Mendez

Veronica Montes

Jennifer Montes

Karina Montes

Brenda Moran

Sandra Onate

Jesselyn Padilla

Maria Pena

Angie  Principe

Viniza Ramirez

Miguel Rodriguez

Alondra Rosales

Nykarlis Santos

Alyssa Torres

Christian Valadez

NKU’s Office of Latino Programs & Services was established in the spring of 2001. It is one of the few offices in the region dedicated to serve the growing Latino student population. The office sponsors and supports programs that provide students service learning opportunities in the local community and other countries.

About LULAC: The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with more than 1000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit

About NKU:  Northern Kentucky University is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018! Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information on our 50th, visit