Emerging Leader Award and Scholarship



Award Purpose/Goals

The Local Government Hispanic Network wants to recognize individuals who are emerging leaders in local government by demonstrating professional excellence and leadership skills in their organization and their community. 
LGHN’s goal is to identify and support professionals who have the ability to rise to leadership positions in local government and have demonstrated an interest in improving minority and/or disadvantaged communities.

Nomination Criteria

Who is eligible for nomination?  Early or mid-career professionals, including anyone who has transitioned to local government service from another field, and has shown mobility in his or her career. The nominee should also demonstrate active and sustained engagement in LGHN. Current and past board members are not eligible for the award.

The recipient will receive a scholarship for LGHN conference registration and $1,000 travel stipend to attend the LGHN Conference.

Who may nominate? Anyone, including members from affiliate organizations, can nominate an LGHN member for the Emerging Leader Award. It is not required that the nominator be a member of LGHN. Be advised that the nominator will obtain the nominee’s
supervisor's signature of approval prior to submittal of the nomination.


  • Monday, March 6, 2023: Issue call for submittals
  • Friday, April 28, 2023: Deadline for submissions
  • May 2023: Selection committee review of submittals; recommendations to the LGHN Board of Directors at the June 2, 2023 Board Meeting
  • June 2023: Notify recipient selected for the award
  • November 3, 2023 Present award at the LGHN awards luncheon at the LGHN Biennial Conference. 
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