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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides Scholarships to the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties

New Lenox, IL (May 27, 2014)— The Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties recently awarded $10,000 in scholarships from a grant through the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission. Each of the following students received a  $1,000 Dr. Daniel Gutierrez scholarships:  Deisi Alcantar, Joliet Junior College; Wendyth Granados-Flores, Southern Illinois University; Elizabeth Mateo, Lewis University; Jose Ortiz, University of St. Francis; Alex Paramo, University of Chicago; Sandra Robles, University of Illinois at Chicago; Rebekah Salazar, Northern Illinois University; Mario Tapia, Lewis University; Diana Viveros, Lewis University; and Brady Zabala, Stony Brook University.

“The HLC is again proud to work with Silver Cross to support local students on their college endeavors and hopes to increase the community's awareness of education by continuing to build strong relationships within the community,” Rene Valenciano, President and Scholarship Committee Chair of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties.

Photo caption: Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Rene Valenciano, President and Scholarship Committee Chair of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties; Wendyth Granados-Flores, Southern Illinois University; Sandra Robles, University of Illinois at Chicago; Diana Viveros, Lewis University; and Dr. Daniel Gutierrez, Scholarship’s namesake; and in the back row are: Alex Paramo, University of Chicago; Rebekah Salazar, Northern Illinois University; Elizabeth Mateo, Lewis University; Brady Zabala, Stony Brook University; and Mario Tapia, Lewis University. These students all received a $1,000 Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship from the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties through a grant given by the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

In order to qualify for the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship, students must be of Hispanic/Latino decent, a first generation college student, enrolled at Joliet Township High Schools, and a high school senior or college freshman. With the help of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, the Hispanic/Latino Coalition awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436.

“Naming this scholarship after Dr. Gutierrez is a great honor to someone who has dedicated himself to the Joliet community and to the eastside of Joliet,” said Margie Woods, Chair of the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission.

Born and raised on Joliet’s Eastside, Dr. Gutierrez began his medical career while attending Joliet Township High School, serving as a surgical orderly at Silver Cross Hospital.  He graduated in 1963 from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago with his medical degree.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Hines Veterans Hospital before heading off to Malawi in central Africa to serve as a medical missionary.  Dr. Gutierrez was then sent to Vietnam with the U.S. Army where he tended to wounded soldiers and staffed medical clinics for South Vietnamese citizens.  In 1972, he returned home and set-up private practice on the Silver Cross Hospital campus, where he practiced internal medicine for nearly 30 years. He retired in the fall of 2007, and served as past Chairman of Silver Cross Hospital’s Board of Directors leading the charge for a state-of-the-art replacement hospital to ensure quality healthcare for all residents of Will County.  In addition to his current role at the hospital, Dr. Gutierrez has served on the Silver Cross Medical Staff in various leadership positions including Chief of Staff.  In recent years, the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Hook-up of Black Women, Joliet Junior College and Silver Cross Hospital have honored him for his commitment to community service.

“The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission is honored to award the Dr. Daniel Gutierrez Scholarship to 10 deserving area students, who will ideally use Dr. Gutierrez’s life as a model to achieve their own career aspirations,” said Woods.

About the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission
The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission (HCC) is essentially to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet and the rest of Will County.

About the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties
The purpose of the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties (HLC) is to develop collaborative partnerships to increase access to information, resources, and services for the Hispanic Latino community.  In December of 2010, HLC acquired its 501(c)3 non-for profit status in which would help in raising additional funds to provide more financial aid to local Latino youth in the areas served by the HLC.  On May 6, 2011 the HLC had great success with its First Annual HLC Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Fundraiser Event held at Azteca de Oro in Joliet.  For more information, visit hlcwillcounty.org or call the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties at 779-225-8856. 

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