Francisco Delgadillo was presented with the inaugural Education Adelante Award for his dedication to students and Lubbock.
Francisco Delgadillo, Rawls College of Business faculty director for diversity and associate professor in the Area of Information Systems and Qualitative Sciences, was awarded the inaugural Education Adelante Award for his work in the community and his dedication toward student success.
The Adelante Awards were created to recognize Hispanic men and youth for their work and service as community role models. Delgadillo received his award at the Adelante Awards Banquet on Friday (May 1).
“It's a great honor to receive the Adelante Award in the Education category, and I feel extremely fortunate to be selected as the recipient of the award,” Delgadillo said. “I was excited just to be nominated, but to know that members of Lubbock's Hispanic community support and appreciate my efforts is both humbling and gratifying.”
Delgadillo was nominated for the award by Loren Hall, a senior accounting major who recently was named Protégé of the Year by Mentor Tech.
“I nominated Dr. Delgadillo for this award because of his dedication to the Lubbock community and Texas Tech,” Hall said. “He inspires others to follow a path of achievement. For example, as his protégé in Mentor Tech, I have firsthand knowledge of his dedication to the success of the students who he mentors as well as his passion to create opportunities for others.”
Other students who have worked with Delgadillo, who has served as a mentor through Mentor Tech since 2005, have exhibited sustained academic success, with every business student graduating with a GPA of 3.6 or better. In addition to his work mentoring students, Delgadillo promotes diversity throughout the Rawls College of Business by traveling around the state to recruit high-achieving underrepresented students who can become leaders in business.
The education category consisted of several nominees from the Texas Tech community, including senior administrator Paul Ruiz, senior vice president and vice provost Juan Muñoz and professor Jorge Ramirez, associate dean of the School of Law. Other nominees included Jeremy D. Cortez, Ricardo Rodriguez, Jesus Arenas Jr. and Edward “Benji” Soza.
The event drew 40 nominations in 11 categories. Other categories included medical, business/professional, first responder, military/veteran, church, media, civic/volunteer, athlete/athletics supporter, college young adult and youth.