Wendy Martinez CHLI Alumni Community Engagement Award

Presented annually to a CHLI alumnus in recognition of their ambassadorship of CHLI’s mission, purpose, and focus.

About The Award

The Wendy Martinez CHLI Alumni Community Engagement Award is named in honor of Wendy Martinez, a 2005 CHLI internship program alumna whose life was tragically cut short at a young age in 2018.

Wendy was a founding member of the CHLI Alumni Association and led the team who wrote the bylaws and charter to establish the CAA.

Young leaders are the future and the leaders of change in the U.S. and around the world. Wendy was passionate about advancing the Hispanic community’s Diversity of Thought. This recognition established in her name in 2019 encourages emerging leaders to work hard to achieve their professional and personal goals.

The CHLI Alumni Association created the Wendy K. Martinez Scholarship to continue to support alumni in their academic journey. In Spring 2022, the first scholarships were awarded to two CHLI Global Leader alumni.

CHLI Alumni Association announces the first recipients of Wendy K. Martinez scholarship: Alejandro Alba and Aaron Arriaga.

“CHLI is not just about what our interns accomplish during their internships with us. What happens after they leave is just as important. The CHLI Alumni Association supports our alumni by providing ways for them to grow academically and professionally.”

THE HONORABLE LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART
CHLI CHAIRMAN

“As a first-generation student, scholarships such as these go a long way in supporting my academic and professional endeavors”

AARON ARRIAGA

“I am grateful to CHLI’s Alumni Association for offering this scholarship in Wendy’s name and for CHLI investing in my professional growth since Spring 2014”

ALEJANDRO ALBA

“A CHLI intern’s experience, connections, and network should provide lifelong value. Establishing a permanent scholarship to help with educational expenses serves our mission to empower alumni across the country and honors the memory of one of our own. In the coming years, we’re looking forward to growing this work and other programs to continue to advance the Hispanic community’s diversity of thought.”

KEITH FERNANDEZ
PRESIDENT OF THE CHLI ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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