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The 2021 Bolívar Network Awards Brunch

On Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 11:00am, the Bolívar Network, UVA’s network for Hispanic/Latinx/Latino alumni, hosted a Virtual Awards Brunch honoring the recipients of the annual Book Scholarship Award, the annual Pablo J. Davis Award, and the inaugural First-Year Scholarship.


The Bolívar Network is excited to announce that this year, three Latinx students received the Bolívar Network Book Scholarship for the 2021-2022 cycle. The Book Scholarship, which provides individual $1,000 scholarships to each recipient to help defray the costs of textbooks and other expenses,  seeks to identify Latinx students who stand out in areas of academic achievement, leadership and service. Congratulations to Brianna Guevara, Class of 2024; Jaime Trejo-Angeles, Class of 2023; and Juan Zazueta, Class of 2022.

The Bolívar Network’s annual Pablo J. Davis Award seeks to identify a University of Virginia staff member, Alum, faculty member, or Charlottesville resident whose work has contributed significantly to the advancement of the Latinx/Hispanic community. The 2021 Recipient of the Pablo J. Davis Award is Fanny Smedile! Fanny is from Columbe, Ecuador, and is the Board President of Sin Barreras. Since moving to Virginia in 2000, she has played an active role advocating for the Hispanic and Latinx community in the region, even going on to found Creciendo Juntos and Sin Barreras. Her objective is to bring needed services to members of the Hispanic community and to reach out to those who are most vulnerable.

The Bolívar Network is also pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the First-Year Scholarship, Kiara Barrientos, Class of 2025. The Bolívar Network’s First-Year Scholarship provides funds for an exceptional Hispanic/Latinx high school student from the Commonwealth of Virginia to incentivize them to attend the University of Virginia. Founded on the core principles of leadership and service to the Hispanic and Latinx community, this Scholarship recognizes the extraordinary talent of students in our community and their ability to create a lasting impact on the University, the surrounding Charlottesville community, and future post-graduate plans.

Thank you all of those who were able to attend this event and honor these five awardees. If you were not able to make it and would like a recording of the event, please email us at