Earlier this month, the Circulo Hispanoamericano de Charleston awarded its annual scholarship to two Charleston School of Law students – Norma Barajas, 2L, and Patricia Rivera, 2L. The award is given to students of Hispanic heritage enrolled in a local college who have demonstrated academic excellence and service to the community. Professor Debra J. Gammons presented this year’s award.
This year, the scholarship has been renamed Beca Dr. Carlos F. Salinas to recognize an influential figure who dedicated his academic career to the service of individuals with special health-care needs and their families. Dr. Salinas founded and served as director of The South Carolina Special Olympics Special Smiles Dental Program, was a founding member of the South Carolina World Trade Center, served as Chairman for the City of Charleston Quincentenary Committee in 1992, and founded the organization Circulo Hispanoamericano de Charleston with the purpose of bringing awareness and acceptance of the Hispanic culture to the Charleston area. The organization has since been active for the past 39 years.