Nominations for Brillante Awards require:

  • Online nomination form
  • Justification Statement (1,000 words or less)
  • Company profile or Biography (500 words or less)

Questions on the nomination process? Click here for FAQs.

Ready to Begin?  Click here for the nomination form.  Read below for important details on the individual awards.

Corporate / Government Excellence

The Brillante Award for Corporate Excellence recognizes a corporate or government partner with a proven track record of success in the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce, including at the executive level.

This corporation/government agency supports the Prospanica mission and supports initiatives that impact the Hispanic community.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The Company/Agency’s sustainable efforts to recruit, hire, and retain a diverse workforce.
  • How well the company/agency has increased its representation of Hispanic professionals and executives.
  • The Company/Agency’s commitment and involvement in both the organization’s diversity efforts and their involvement with Prospanica events in the past.
  • The Company/Agency’s diversity initiatives (including diversity council, employee resource groups, and internal and external communication strategies focused around these efforts).
  • The Company/Agency’s philanthropic activities in regards to educational advancement (include support made to the Prospanica Scholarship program and/or other non-profit educational initiatives/organizations).

Prospanica Member Excellence

The Brillante Award for Member Excellence  recognizes a Prospanica member exemplifying Hispanic leadership through their drive and success.

The candidate steps forward as an advocate for education and community collaborations that foster advancement in initiatives to empower Hispanics and assist them to further their educational and professional pursuits.  The candidate advocates for and supports the Prospanica mission and initiatives.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The candidate’s long-term commitment to Prospanica, as demonstrated by length of time as a member, leadership positions held, and documented efforts outside the job function and above and beyond the normal expectation of a member. 
  • The candidate’s development, promotion, and significant participation in activities that advance Prospanica’s strategic goals (growing revenue, developing strategic partnerships, increasing educational opportunities for Hispanics, and increasing the number of Prospanica members).  
  • The candidate’s stature in his or her professional field, including being recognized nationally or internationally as a leader or authority in the field or discipline (comparing the nominee with others in the field, including the level and nature of influence the nominee has had on others in or beyond the field or discipline).  
  • The candidate’s support of other non-profit initiatives/organizations.

Community Service Excellence

The Brillante Award for Community Service Excellence recognizes an entrepreneur, government agency, non-profit organization, or any other institution or person exemplifying Hispanic leadership through their drive and success.

This candidate steps forward as an advocate for education and community collaborations that foster advancement in initiatives to empower Hispanics and assist them to further their educational and professional pursuits. This candidate advocates and supports the Prospanica mission and initiatives.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The candidate’s achievements and success within their business and the community at large, including any local, regional, or national recognition.
  • The candidate’s vision and passion around their product or service and how well this message is conveyed to the Hispanic community.
  • The candidate’s leadership attributes and resource management skills that have advanced their business as well as Prospanica’s mission and strategic goals.
  • The candidate’s commitment to social responsibility and giving back to their community, particularly in the area of educational and philanthropic initiatives supporting, cultivating and empowering Hispanics.

Entrepreneurship Excellence 

The Brillante Award for Entrepreneurship Excellence recognizes an entrepreneur who exemplifies Hispanic leadership through their drive and success. The candidate advocates and supports the Prospanica mission and initiatives.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The candidate’s vision and passion around his or her product or service and how this message is conveyed to the Hispanic community.

  • The candidate’s leadership attributes that have advanced their business as well as Prospanica’s mission and strategic goals.

  • The candidate’s commitment to social responsibility and giving back to their community, particularly in the area of educational and philanthropic initiatives supporting, and cultivating and empowering Hispanic youth.

Educational Excellence 

The Brillante Award for Educational Excellence recognizes a higher education institution or individual that advocates on behalf of diverse communities and students.

This candidate has created successful educational programs dedicated to fostering Hispanics and preparing them for advanced educational, career, and leadership opportunities. The nominee must have a successful and proven track record in leading or creating educational programs targeted at Hispanics and be a true example of advocating collaborative partnerships and/or funding sources.

Particular attention is given to:

  • The institution’s or individual’s role in advocating on behalf of diverse communities.
  • The institution’s or individual’s activities that promote increased representation of underrepresented groups including sponsoring or promoting diversity initiatives (i.e. conferences, workshops, and services).
  • The institution’s or individual’s historical success and accomplishments in fostering Hispanics, preparing them for advanced educational opportunities.
  • The institution’s or individual’s partnerships and/or relationships with Prospanica or other non-profit educational initiative/organizations (i.e. including length of time and any mutual grants or funding sources).
  • The institution’s or individual’s support network and initiatives designed to bridge outcomes for Hispanic students while promoting a seamless path from recruitment to graduation at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
  • The institution’s or individual’s collaborative partnerships with Prospanica and/or other non-profit educational initiatives/organizations that foster recruitment, retention, development, and graduation of Hispanic students.
  • The institution or individual is a Prospanica partner and advocates and supports Prospanica’s mission and initiatives.

Justification Statement 

Each nomination must be accompanied by a justification statement that concisely describes the nominee’s career achievements related to the category’s criteria, in the same order as the criteria are listed.  A short opening paragraph that describes the nominee’s current responsibilities would help the judges distinguish between ongoing work and extraordinary performance.

The justification statement may not exceed 1,000 words.  Longer justifications will be returned. Since Selection Committee members may or may not know the intricacies of your nominee’s program or responsibilities, it is important to include all pertinent information in a readable format.  Ensuring that statements are neat, organized, and well-written will make it easier for your nominee’s achievements to receive the consideration they deserve.

We have found that it helps if you:

  • Are well organized. Organize the justification in the same order as the criteria of the award category.  State criterion one, support it, state criterion two, etc.  Use specific examples.
  • Are specific. State actions taken, impact on stakeholders, staffing levels, budget amounts, organization size, etc.  Include information about customer and employee feedback, as appropriate.
  • Use commonly understood terms – DO NOT USE ACRONYMS or abbreviations in the justification or on the nomination form.
  • Promote easy reading.  Double space between criteria; use at least 12pt type and at least 1 inch margins.
  • Number the pages of the justification statement.