The Alumni Hall of Fame Gala celebrates outstanding Latinos whose personal stories and accomplishments demonstrate the power of higher education. Now in its 12th year, the Alumni Hall of Fame (AHOF) event recognizes the achievements of over 57,000 HSF alumni that have received scholarships in the past. This year, we are exceptionally proud to celebrate excellence, yet again, with the honor of inducting our HSF founder, Ernesto Robles and our corporate partner, The Coca-Cola company. Join us for an evening of enchantment in New York City as we hear the stories of our Inductees and dance to the sounds of Frankie Negron.
Thank you to all of our sponsors:
Wells Fargo, Target, and The Coca-Cola Company
Anheuser-Busch and Toyota
Camarena Adelante Foundation, Darden Restaurants, McNamara Family Foundation, Nielsen, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Univision Communications Inc., and USA Funds
ExxonMobil, FedEx Corporation, Google, Mattel, NASCAR, PennantPark Investment Advisers, P&G, Southwest Airlines, and Time Warner Inc
Altria, American Express, Bank of America, Corinthian Capital Group, Marriott International, Inc., andTravelers
Ford Motor Company, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation, Thomson Reuters, and YUM!
ALTRUISTA - awarded for personifying the spirit of gratitude and the value of giving back.
BRILLANTE - awarded for personifying limitless potential.
INSPIRADOR - awarded for personifying hard work and sacrifice.
OPTIMISTA - awarded for success achieved through persistence in theface of adversity.
TRIUNFADOR - awarded for “raising the bar.”
CORPORATE HONOREE - awarded for its continued support of HSF and Latino higher education
Born and raised in New York, Adam dreamed of a professional baseball career and had even received scholarship offers to play in college. Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from realizing his baseball dreams. But all was not lost: in high school Adam had dabbled in acting, even winning an award from his theater class. After graduation (and a brief detour into the life of a NY stockbroker), he focused his attention on his passion: performing.
Within months of touching ground in LA, Adam landed a string of television roles beginning with a starring role in the Steven Bochco-produced “Brooklyn South,” playing Officer Hector Villanueva. Other early television credits include “All Souls” for UPN, WB’s “Felicity” and Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.” In 2002, Adam was elevated to what could be called heartthrob status, when he co-starred in the final season of the cult hit “Roswell.” This led to his most high-profile television role to date: Eric Delko on the internationally acclaimed CBS hit drama “CSI Miami,” which recently ended its successful run after ten seasons, culminating for Adam in a 2012 Teen Choice Award for ‘Choice TV Actor, Action’. During the last two seasons of the show, Adam also had the opportunity to write and direct two episodes - “Hunting Ground” and “At Risk.” In the final season of ABC’s “Ugly Betty” he starred in a major recurring role, as sexy bad boy Bobby Talercio. He was also recently seen in fun guest star turns in cable hits “Necessary Roughness” and “Psych”, and in a major recurring role on the Fox comedy “The Goodwin Games” opposite Becki Newton and Scott Foley. Adam will soon be seen in the new CBS show “Reckless” starring alongside Cam Gigandet and Anna Wood.
On the big screen, Adam recently starred with Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey in Warner Brothers’ hit film Magic Mike, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, which was a massive critical and box office success, garnering 11 Award Nominations and 5 Wins. He was also seen starring alongside Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson in Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, for which he won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. He just recently wrapped the indie Lovesick, opposite Matt LeBlanc, and is currently shooting Screen Gems’ About Last Night, alongside Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant, and Paula Patton. His other film credits include Caught in the Crossfire, A Kiss of Chaos, Let the Game Begin, Bohica, Take, and Love and Debate. The sexy actor has been featured in People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue and in People en español magazine's "25 Most Beautiful People," as well as in Lionel Richie's video "I Call It Love" and Jennifer Lopez's breakthrough video for "If You Had My Love."
In his free time, Adam enjoys learning to play the guitar, along with writing music and an occasional poem. He loves to stay in shape with a mixture of training regimens including weights, cross-fit and boxing. On the rare occasion he is particularly stressed you can probably find him at the batting cages smashing some balls! Baseballs. Adam currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York, where his family still resides.
Carmen Wong Ulrich is the new host of “Marketplace Money,” for APM, a monthly advice columnist for “Good Housekeeping” and Assistant Industry Professor of Finance and Risk Engineering at NYU Polytech. Carmen is also the former co-creator and host of the only national, daily personal finance television show, "On the Money," on CNBC; she’s the co-founder and former President of an all-female financial planning firm, a former editor at 'MONEY' magazine as well as a previous advice columnist at 'Glamour', 'Latina', 'Essence', and 'Men's Health'. Carmen also writes for 'The New York Times' and is the author of two books, her most recent, "The Real Cost of Living."
She can be seen frequently as a regular contributor to the "Melissa Harris Perry Show" on MSNBC, on CBS ‘This Morning’, CNN, and ABC's "The View." A former contributor to the 'Today Show' on NBC Carmen has appeared on dozens of other broadcast outlets and is a seasoned speaker and moderator. She has a masters’ degree in psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College and serves on the board of the Council of Urban Professionals, the NY Urban League, and the advisory boards of VIVA Broadway and Dress for Success.