The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute celebrates its members’ achievements and servant leadership that makes a difference in our global society. Adela Perez-Franco, a Unanue Scholar, and Éxito Leadership Club member has been granted the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Franco, a senior diplomacy major, will travel to Madrid, Spain for a year to teach English to high school students and prepare them for a Model United Nations conference.
The Fulbright Fellowship is an exchange program by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs which offers research, study, and teaching opportunities to students and young professionals. This prestigious scholarship is only awarded to approximately 2,800 U.S. students each year.
Although it is a highly competitive process, Adela was not discouraged but rather motivated to pursue this opportunity. Franco expressed her enthusiasm during the application process, “I started brainstorming and writing last summer. When I came back to school in September, I completed two essays, had an interview with a Fulbright Advisor at Seton Hall, was entered into the semi-finals and on March 1st was notified that I had been awarded the grant/scholarship.”
While in Spain, Franco plans to volunteer with Mujeres Unidas Contra el Maltrato, an organization dedicated to meeting the needs of women who are victims of abuse. Franco explains her interest in the project, “By contributing to MUM’s projects and initiatives I will have greater access to information and data describing Spain’s efforts to combat violence against women, and the opportunity to speak with individuals who have first-hand experience with the resulting programs and policies.”
As a member of the Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute, Franco has been exposed to many opportunities to grow professionally and personally through mentorship and community service. Franco says, “The Institute has given me the opportunity to meet prominent Latino leaders. Through these interactions, I have been inspired, and I use this inspiration to motivate me to continue to work so that in the future I can be in a better position to help others.”
Adela is also very engaged in her community. She had the privilege of presenting her research on the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, informally known as the Istanbul Convention, at Seton Hall University’s Women and Gender Conference on March 27, 2015. Franco is also a volunteer at the Don Bosco Center as a tutor for English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Adela Perez-Franco will be graduating May 16, 2016, and she promises to positively impact the Hispanic community as she embarks on her new project in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright Fellow. Good luck Adela! Congratulations!
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