The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute Board of Directors presented the first CHLI Wendy Martinez Alumni Community Engagement Award posthumously to Wendy Martinez at the annual CHLI Leadership Awards Gala in 2019. The award is named after the late Wendy Martinez, who led the effort to formalize the CHLI Alumni Association’s Bylaws and Charter. The award is presented to an alumnus to recognize their ambassadorship of CHLI’s mission, purpose, and focus. The CHLI Alumni Association selects the honoree and presents the award at the Annual CHLI Future Leaders Conference in the summer in Washington, DC.
In alignment with the CHLI Alumni Association’s mission to empower alumni across the country after their internship experience, the Wendy K. Martinez Scholarship was established in 2022. Scholarships assist CHLI alumni currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution to pursue their academic goals. CHLI Board of Directors, CHLI Advisory Council Members, CHLI alumni, and sponsors provide the funds for the annual scholarships.