Celebrating 28 Years

History and Purpose

Throughout the country, including Northwest Ohio, September 15 through October 15 is recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

To honor the profound and lasting influence that Latinos have on American history, values and culture, the Diamante (diamond in Spanish) Awards were founded in 1989 by IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a local Latino advocacy group.

To celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Diamante Awards, this year's scholarship banquet will take place on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Bowling Green State University, The Wolfe Center for the Arts. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements and service to Latinos. The Diamante Awards also serve to raise scholarship funds for Latino youth wanting a college diploma.

In 2003, the Diamante Latino Scholars Campaign was announced at the awards celebration. This initiative is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, The University of Toledo and Herzing University. In addition to raising scholarship dollars at the awards celebration, the five institutions have agreed to collaborate on raising funds through a coordinated campaign and grant writing effort. The primary reason that Latino students do not attend or finish college is lack of finances. With the growing Latino population, this forward thinking effort will help ensure that more Latinos are able to graduate from college and fully participate in our communities.

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