For immediate release – December 9th, 2020

Contacts: The Bolívar NetworkTheBolivarNetwork@gmail.com

The Bolívar Network Hosts Virtual Award Brunch Honoring Valerie Gregory with the inaugural Valerie Gregory Impact Award, Wayne Cozart with Pablo J. Davis Award, and three undergraduate students with annual Book Scholarships 

On Saturday, December 5th at 11:00am, the Bolívar Network, UVA’s network for Hispanic/Latinx/Latino alumni, hosted a Virtual Awards Brunch honoring the recipients of our annual Book Scholarship Award, the Pablo J. Davis Award, and announced a new impact award, the Valerie Gregory Award, along with its inaugural recipient. 

The Bolívar Network is excited to announce that this year, three Latinx students received the Bolívar Network Book Scholarship for the 2020-2021 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 Alisa Negrón, Class of 2021; Natalie Mar Cordero, Class of 2022; and Tamara Moscovich, Class of 2021. 

The Bolívar Network is pleased to announce a  re-launching of its annual Pablo J. Davis Award. The 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 2020 Recipient of the Pablo J. Davis Award is Wayne Cozart! The Bolívar Network is very grateful to Wayne’s early and ongoing support of our organization. In light of today’s growing diversity at the University, having a strong Latinx alumni network to support students and fellow alumni is so powerful and essential. His friendship and leadership gave our group legitimacy, critical contacts of early alumni, and necessary infrastructure. As Wayne ascends into retirement, we would like to honor his contributions to UVA, Jefferson Trust, Alumni Association, and the Bolívar Network.

The Bolívar Network is also pleased to announce the creation of its new Impact Award! The Impact Award is distinct in that its recognition is only provided for clearly extraordinary efforts to serve the Latinx community at UVA and/or in the Charlottesville community at large. This award has no specific cycle; rather it is intended for remarkable candidates if and when the Bolívar Network deems they are qualified.

The Bolívar Network is proud to announce that the inaugural Recipient of the Impact Award is Valerie Gregory and the award will be named after her as the Valerie Gregory Impact Award! Before her recent retirement, Valerie Gregory served as Associate Dean of Admission at UVA for over 20 years. In this role, Dean Gregory has directly contributed to impressive gains in minority student enrollment at UVA. During the event, several attendees shared their fond memories of life-changing moments and conversations with Valerie Gregory as prospective students. 

For more information about the Bolívar Network and these awards please visit our website