The Offices of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving and the Alumni Board of Directors are pleased to announce the recipients of the Alumni of Tomorrow Scholarship, Nina Escalante and Paola Lopez Hernandez. Nina and Paola have been selected for the scholarship based on their commitment to the Alumni Association and in recognition of their leadership ability. Read more about their stories below!
Nina Escalante is an international, honors student from Belize who is in her 4th year of the Communication and Media Studies undergraduate program. Nina is a member of the Barry University Student Alumni Association and serves as the current Vice President of Engagement. She is also an active executive board member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Alpha Phi Sorority and the Honors Program Student Advisory Board. When Nina is not in classes, she is usually seen in Kelley House and around campus fulfilling her Student Ambassador role and responsibilities. Her other Barry University activities include the Orientation Team, BucSnap and the Freshman Living Learning Community. In 2017, Nina was the recipient of several awards including the Dean's List for the Spring Semester (2016) and President's List for the Fall Semester (2016). Additionally, she was awarded the Barry University Student Alumni Association Most Committed Member award. On April 16th, 2018, she received three more academic awards: Outstanding Communication Senior, President's List for Spring Semester (2017), and Dean's List for Fall Semester (2017). Nina was also inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's official honor society at the annual Communication Department Awards Ceremony. On April 18th, 2018 she was inducted into Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.
Paola Lopez-Hernandez is a Venezuelan-American student majoring in International Studies at Barry University. As a child, Paola often visited her family in Venezuela. There, she witnessed deterioration of the native ecology, wealth disparities, and gender inequality, which sparked her desire to enact change in the world. Paola's passion for learning, for exploring different cultures, and for justice motivates her to do service in the diverse Miami-Dade area. She is a strong believer in the act of helping people help themselves. Paola is a Barry Service Corps Fellow working at the Center for Community Service Initiatives where she leads service-learning students in community service in partnership with local non-profit organizations. A few of the organizations to which she devotes her time include Gang Alternative, Urban Green Works, Historic Virginia Key Beach, and Miami Rescue Mission. In addition, Paola is an active advocate for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect. She is also Treasurer of the Barry University Student Alumni Association, previously held a position as Chair of the Scholarship and Fundraising Committee and has served as President of The Barry Green Team for two consecutive years. Paola is most known at Barry University for helping to start the Food Recovery Network, pioneering the first student trip to the Adrian Dominican Mother House, and her dedication to social justice.