History

Originally the Hispanic Service Award, the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award was established in 1980 by the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission. This award was created to fulfill the Commission’s mandate to “secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanic/ Latino people of this state.” Each year, Latino community leaders, friends, family, legislators and other state government representatives gather to attend this event. As of 2005, the Commission encourages and welcomes public nominations of unique community members who serve and strive to improve Ohio. In 2010, the DHO started honoring Latino service members through the Latino Military Service of Distinction Award.

To view the award types and criteria, click here.

2017 Awardees

2017 Keynote Speaker Margarita De Leon