Congratulations ILACHE Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Karina Garcia and Juan D. Robles, winners of the 2011 ILACHE Scholarship. Karina is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is pursuing a sociology degree. Her contributions to the Latino community include being  active in the DREAM Gala Committee, a UIC student development initiative focused on assisting immigrant students, the College Fair Committee of the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, and involvement in voting initiatives. She participated in a election phone banking program during October of 2010 while an intern with the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI).

Juan attended Lindblom Math and Science Academy. He is passionate about science and volunteers with the American Cancer Society (ACS). He became involved with this organization during the seventh grade because “I wanted to learn more about cancer and  worked to create awareness about it during a summer festival, in Little Village, a low-income community.” His experience with ACS allowed  him to stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to those in the community. He hopes one day to contribute to finding a cure for a disease that takes so many lives each day. Juan plans to pursue a pre-medicine curriculum to prepare to become a physician.