We are proud to announce that Laurel Dispenza, who is pursuing a Masters in Applied Linguistics from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, has won our 2017 LatPro Scholarship award.
Laurel’s essay was inspirational and written eloquently. Just like everyone has some sort of passion, Laurel believes everyone also has a dream. Graduating with this degree in applied linguistics will open innumerable doors to explore the world. To her, this degree means that she has worked hard enough to gain the opportunity to continue her learning and to share that learning with others, using language and teaching as tools of transformation. She’s beyond thrilled to start this applied linguistics program and to develop into a trainer and communicator that helps transform the world into a better place for all.
Laurel’s intelligence, perseverance, and obvious drive will no doubt allow her success in her chosen career as a Linguistics teacher.
The six finalists – Laurel Dispenza, Sharon Perez Solorio, John Baron, Jacqueline Luna Gaytan, Richard DeRosa, and Gloria Dorcheus – were selected from hundreds of other applicants for their dedication to learning, desire to make a positive impact on the world, and conviction to succeed as professionals. Choosing one winner was an incredibly difficult decision considering the exceptional student applicants and quality of their essays.
We want to thank our site visitors and all who voted to help us select a winner. The support shown through positive comments left for these students affirms both their career paths and the wonderful impact they already have on the lives of others.