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Reconocimiento and scholarship Awards

The Reconocimiento and Scholarship Awards (RaSA) is an event event that highlights the achievements of local Latinas.  Typically held during lunch time, RaSA brings people together to honor the women who receive the Latinas Unidas Awards or Scholarships.  

Reconocimiento Awards are granted in the following categories: 

  1. Professional Achievement 
  2. Inspirational Leadership
  3. Volunteer Service
  4. Youth Latina Leadership (13 – 17 years old)

Click here to submit a nomination for the Reconocimiento Awards.

Past recipients of the Reconocimiento Awards:


  • Professional Achievement: Hon. María Cubillos-Reed
  • Inspirational Leadership: Irene Sánchez
  • Volunteer Service: Estela Vélez Upegui 
  • Youth Latina Leadership: Kaysali Morales


  • Professional Achievement: Dr. Miriam Vazquez
  • Inspirational Leadership: Mai Ho
  • Volunteer Service: Gildred Milagros Aponte
  • Youth Latina Leadership: Ana Fontan


  • Professional Achievement: Jessica Guzmán-Rea
  • Inspirational Leadership: Telva Olivares
  • Volunteer Service: Cynthia Rochet
  • Youth Latina Leadership: Arianee Ortiz


  • Professional Achievement: Maritza C. Buitrago
  • Inspirational Leadership: Lisa Martínez DeVinney
  • Volunteer Service: Annette Jiménez Gleason
  • Young Latina Leader: Ariely Cortés

2018 – 25th Anniversary

  • Professional Achievement: Arline Santiago
  • Inspirational Leadership: Juanita Rodriguez
  • Volunteer Service: Suliany Vargas
  • Young Latina Leader: Adriana Mendoza


  • Professional Achievement: Hilda Rosario Escher
  • Inspirational Leadership: Librada Paz
  • Volunteer Service: Tabita Torres
  • Young Latina Leader: Kari-Elyssa Cepero


  • Professional Achievement: Stephanie Paredes
  • Inspirational Leadership: Beverly Sirvent
  • Volunteer Service: Sady Fisher
  • Young Latina Leader: Mayra Rodriguez


  • Career Achievement: Mercedes Vasquez Simmons
  • Leadership Achievement: Annette Ramos
  • Volunteer Achievement Award: Gloria Sabastro
  • Young Latina Leader: Natalie Hoppe


  • Career Achievement: Antonia Custodio
  • Leadership Achievement: Flor M. Colon
  • Volunteer Achievement Award: Yesenia Ramos-Torres
  • Young Latina Leader: Laura Aguilera


  • Career Achievement: Belimar Velazquez
  • Leadership Achievement: Melisza Campos
  • Volunteer Achievement Award: Ineabelle Geena Cruz
  • Young Latina Leader: Valeria Delgado


  • Career Achievement: Sara Pabon Jordan
  • Leadership Achievement: Marisol Ramos-Lopez
  • Volunteer Achievement Award: Diana M. Irizarry
  • Young Latina Leader: Nicolette Kane


  • Career Achievement: Diana Hernández
  • Inspirational Leadership: Norma M. Holland
  • Volunteer Service: Olga Martínez
  • Young Latina Leader: Marina Ramos

2008 – Quinceañera

  • Career Achievement: Gladys Pedraza-Burgos
  • Leadership Achievement: Nydia Padilla-Rodriguez
  • Volunteer Service: M. Celeste Amaral
  • Young Latina Leader: Angie Rivera


  • Professional Achievement: Dr. Gladys Velarde
  • Inspirational Leadership Achievement: Salvadora Guzmán
  • Volunteer Service: Leida Martínez
  • Young Latina Leader: Wanda Liz Pérez


  • Career Achievement: Elizabeth Ortiz
  • Leadership Service: Elizabeth “Libby” Adessa
  • Volunteer Service: Marisol Rivera
  • Young Latina Leadership: Lisamarie Valentín


  • Career Achievement: Dr. Tina Pereda
  • Leadership Service: Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo
  • Volunteer Service: Ana Galindo
  • Young Latina Leadership: Stephanie Adriana Hoppe


  • Career Achievement: Brenda Pacheco Rivera
  • Leadership Service: Gloriela Burns
  • Volunteer Service: Ida Perez
  • Youth Leadership: Brandy Soublet


  • Career Achievement: Diani Torres
  • Leadership Service: Vilma Morrow
  • Volunteer Service: Miriam Miranda-Jurado
  • Youth Leadership: Jacelyn Johnson Ortiz


  • Career Achievement: Grace Tillinghast
  • Leadership Service: Dr. Luz Cruz
  • Volunteer Service: Sylvia Boiano
  • Youth Leadership: Daiana Rivera

Scholarships are awarded with funds raised by the organization and its partners.  To apply for a scholarship, or for more information about the scholarship, click on the link below to go to the Scholarship web page. Information about the Latinas Unidas scholarship, can be found here.  


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Our Mission

The mission of Latinas Unidas is to foster opportunities that will promote unity, cultural identity and the presence of the Latina woman in the community; to encourage and motivate women to be self-confident to assume leadership roles to positively impact society.
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