45th Annual Scholarship Gala
Saturday, March 9, 2019
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Our annual Scholarship Gala is our premier fundraising event. It provides an opportunity to network with the who’s who of the Latino business community, alumni and friends.
Every year, we present two awards at our gala. Commemorating the legacy of USC’s eighth president, the Dr. John R. Hubbard Award is presented to an outstanding graduating Latino student for academic achievement, leadership and community service. The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus/a for his or her contributions to USC and the LAA, professional achievements and philanthropy.
We look forward to having you join us at the 45th Annual Scholarship Gala scheduled for March 2019!
Domenika Lynch ’97, MFTH ’15
Domenika Lynch is the president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership development institute founded by Hispanic Members of Congress in 1978. CHCI’s mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders and to build a diverse and inclusive workforce across industries.
Since taking the helm of CHCI in July 2016, Lynch has focused on maximizing the organization’s platform through strategic partnerships, unique stakeholder convenings and critical leadership development. Under her leadership, CHCI has raised over $8 million and held the second-highest grossing conference and gala in its history.
Prior to joining CHCI, Lynch served as the executive director of the USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) for more than a decade; she succeeded the organization’s founding executive director, Raúl Vargas. During her tenure, the LAA raised more than $15 million and more than tripled the LAA’s endowment, growing it from $2.3 million to $7.3 million. It also more than doubled membership through unique alumni programming. A legacy of the university’s Mexican American Alumni Association, the LAA has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships since its founding in 1973.
Lynch credits her corporate experience—she previously worked as a Bank of America vice president, market development manager, and as an Univision account executive—as essential to her success. She is an active member of the Latino community and currently serves on the Board of Hispanic Association for Corporate Responsibility (HACR), the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) and the Latino Advisory Council for the Kennedy Center.
Lynch’s work on behalf of the Latino community has been recognized by various organizations. She was awarded the 2017 Plaza Community Services Bridges of Opportunity Award in Education; named a Latina of Influence by the Hispanic Lifestyle website; and a Los Angeles Community Hero by Telemundo. A graduate of both the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Rossier School of Education, Lynch is the proud parent of a USC alumnus.
Reflecting her own life’s journey, Ms. Lynch is most inspired by stories of immigrants in pursuit of the American Dream.
Diana Valenzuela is a fourth-year student pursuing a degree in industrial & systems engineering at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. A first-generation college student, she was the valedictorian of her high school class in McFarland, a small town in California’s Central Valley.
At USC, Diana has served as the co-director of the outreach committee for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE); in this position, she helped promote the value of a college education and organized STEM-related events at underprivileged schools across Los Angeles. In addition to receiving leadership awards from SHPE for her dedicated efforts, Diana has thrived academically. She has made the Dean’s List and received scholarships from the LAA, Edison International, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the TELACU Education Foundation that funded her studies at USC.
Currently interning with Southern California Edison, Diana will take a full-time job with the company after graduation. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree in statistics and serve as as a mentor to underrepresented minority high school students.
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Latino Alumni Association at 213-740-4735.
Our programs and scholarships are due in large part to the support of our sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, companies, and USC schools at our annual events and programs. Sponsorships allow you to support the USC Latino Alumni Association’s mission and get your message/products out to students, alumni and friends.