2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been involved in the Association of Latino Professionals Of America (ALPFA) and the Diversity Empowerment Council (DEC), which are both Smith School organizations. I have been involved in ALPFA since I was a freshman. Thus far, I’ve served as their secretary, Vice President of Membership, and Vice President. I am currently serving my second year as Vice President. This organization has been extremely important to me because I’ve had the opportunity to help foster the professional and personal growth of our members. I help plan and execute weekly professional events, which provide our members to network with professionals and find out more about career opportunities. As a council member on DEC, I have had the opportunity to lead efforts in empowering diversity to students and affinity-based organizations within the Smith School. I am also looking forward to serving as a council member on the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the Smith School of Business for the academic year 2016-2017.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
I am forever grateful for the scholarship award, as it has allowed me to focus on my academic success and my heavy involvement in extracurricular activities. It decreased the financial burden of school, while increasing my efforts towards creating an impactful change within my community.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am currently a junior in the Robert H. Smith School of Business pursuing a double major in Accounting and Information Systems. My expected graduation date is December 2017.
What is your Hometown?
I was born and raised in Gaithersburg, MD.
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
This past winter 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to study abroad for two weeks in Cape Town, South Africa with Dean Victor Mullins and Jeanette Snider. The course was named: Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Contemporary South African Context. This has been one of the most life-changing and fascinating experiences thus far in my academic career. Besides the beautiful everyday views, I was able to meet amazing entrepreneurs who work towards making a positive difference in society. It was truly inspiring to have the opportunity to see the integration of social change and business. We were able to learn about the deep history of South Africa and we were able to connect deeper as a group every single day. The trip allowed us to view things in a different perspective, as we learned about people’s new stories every day.