On April 26th, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of St. Louis awarded Virginia Braxs, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, the "Adelante 2013 Civic Award of the Year." This award is given to an individual who, as a result of her or his activities, has improved the lives of people in the community. Virginia Braxs has been working with the Hispanic Community for the past twenty years. We recently honored her and recipients of the John F. Garganigo Scholarships at our annual departmental awards ceremony. A joint effort between the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis (HAC), WU Romance Languages & Literatures Department, and the Anheuser-Busch Co., The John F. Garganigo Scholarship supports underprivileged college-bound Hispanic youth. In her role as President of HAC, Ms. Braxs delivered the scholarships to six Hispanic students who have been working for a year or more with the *Puertas* College Prep Program, run by WU student tutors at St. Cecilia Parish.
Ms. Braxs is in charge of the WU Department of Romance Languages & Literatures Outreach Programs. In that capacity, she has created, mentors, and coordinates the Latino Youth Tutoring/Mentoring Programs for Students of Spanish serving underprivileged Hispanic youth in South St Louis. She has been actively involved with different non-profit organizations in St. Louis. From 1996 to 2003, she hosted the bilingual radio programs *Hispanic Culture* and the *Hispanic Arts Calendar* on KDHX FM88.1 St. Louis Community Radio. As President of the Hispanic Arts Council of St. Louis, moreover, she sponsors art exhibitions, lectures, concerts and festivals. In April 2013, she organized the first Hispanic College Fair in St. Louis, in Spanish, to reach out to first-generation Hispanic students and their parents in order to facilitate their path to college access in the U.S.