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First generation student awarded scholarship
Published Sep. 18, 2013
Lisette Villegas, a senior at Lynn University, was selected to receive a $2,400 UPS Scholarship provided through the Florida Independent College Fund. She is one of 31 students from Florida independent colleges to receive the award.
Originally from Anaheim, Calif., Villegas is the first in her family to attend college in the United States. She is enrolled in Lynn’s 3.0 program and will graduate from Lynn’s College of International Communication in May 2014. With her degree in multimedia journalism and a minor in public relations, Villegas aspires to be a sports journalist, working in public relations for Major League Baseball.
Villegas works part-time in Lynn’s Student Financial Services and is also a resident assistant (RA). Last year, she was selected to participate in the Hispanic College Quiz series sponsored by The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and Central City Productions.
“Lisette not only met the scholarship requirements of being a minority from a low-income family, but she has excelled academically and is very active on campus,” said Chan Park, Lynn’s director of financial aid who nominated Villegas. “Her infectious personality, energy and commitment are qualities that shine at every opportunity.”
Florida Independent College Fund
The Florida Independent College Fund is a statewide association for private colleges and universities that is affiliated with the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). At the national level, CIC teams up with the UPS Foundation to distribute funding of the UPS Scholarship. This year, CIC awarded nearly $1.5 million in scholarships from its UPS Educational Endowment Fund to private institutions of higher learning across the nation, including a grant of $74,400 to the Florida Independent College Fund. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of the students’ academic achievement and financial need.