USF student wins national scholarship

Ulises Ornelas

Ulises Ornelas

University of St. Francis (USF) student Ulises Ornelas is one of 20 nationwide to receive the Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders.

The scholarship award was presented at the 31st Annual National Conference of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) in Chicago, Feb. 13-16, which Ornelas attended with 22 other USF students

Ornelas of Joliet earned this prestigious scholarship for both his dedication in school and his service to the community, where he participated in voter registration campaigns, driver’s licenses for immigrants campaigns and the community campaign against for-profit prisons, according to Ingrid Goobar-Szleifer, USF professor and an advisor to the UVA Club.

Ornelas is the third USF student to receive this honor, added Goobar-Szleifer.

The USHLI conference attracts leaders from more than 40 states and 1,000 affiliated groups and organizations to celebrate Hispanic heritage and empower communities. The USHLI conference is the largest cross-generational Hispanic conference in the nation, attracting students, young professionals, career professionals and senior citizens. Conference participants come together to develop and/or strengthen their leadership skills and to grow as servant leaders.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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