Scholarships Granted to Students Pursuing Careers in Government
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — (June 19, 2015) — The Broward League of Cities recently presented four high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships through its 2015 Scholarship for Government Studies program. The students were awarded their scholarships during an ceremony at the Broward League of Cities’ general membership meeting and dinner held on April 16, 2015.
The Scholarship for Government Studies program provides financial assistance each year to Broward County seniors enrolled in a public or charter school who plan to pursue a major in public administration, political science or other government-related field at a college or university.
“I am so impressed by the students and their dedication to their education. They will become tomorrow’s leaders. Each scholarship winner has demonstrated hard work and community involvement, and we’re honored to help these deserving students achieve their education goals,” said Patty Asseff, president of Broward League of Cities.
Scholarships are made possible thanks to Broward County’s elected officials and the Broward League of Cities’ associate members, who make personal contributions through raffle purchases and donations to the scholarship fund.
This year’s recipients are:
Blake Altman: A Cooper City resident and a student at Cooper City High School, Blake is involved in his school’s debate team, DECA and the National Honor Society, ranking ninth out of 528 seniors. In addition to his school-related activities, Blake participated in the Freedom Foundation Summit at Valley Forge National Historical Park last summer and has volunteered with Organizing for America, helping get people registered to vote. He has interned with Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-FL, and during that time proposed a bill for an anti-bullying course for elementary school students. Blake plans on a double major in political science and philosophy. Thereafter, he will plans on attending law school. His future career aspirations include being a lobbyist.
Annabel Campo: A resident of Davie and a student at Western High School, where she founded the Social Activism Club aimed at allowing students to become more aware of political and social issues, Annabel was appointed to the Town of Davie Youth Education and Safety Advisory Board. She was also chosen as a member of Congressman Ted Deutch’s, D-FL, Congressional Youth Cabinet. Annabel has also participated in Weston University and the Davie Public Affairs Academy. Annabel found her passion for public service while reading U.S. Supreme Court briefings and meeting with local elected officials to learn about agenda items. She plans to major in government at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Her aspirations include law school and running for Congress.
Sofia Lalinde: A resident of Pembroke Pines and currently attending Pembroke Pines Charter High School, Sofia is the president of the Student Government Association. She is ranked #2 in her class and has contributed more than 640 hours of community service. Her community service has included interning with Congressman Mario Diaz Balart, R-FL; serving as a delegate for the United States Senate Youth program; acting as an ambassador for the Global Leadership Adventures (Teen Peace Corps.); serving as a representative on the Save our Schools Committee; and service chair of the Spanish Honor Society. As part of the Global Leadership Adventures program, Sofia has traveled to India to volunteer. This summer, she will travel to Tanzania, where she will act as a primary school teacher at a local village. Sofia’s career aspirations include working at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. She also is focused on being the first Hispanic female Secretary of Education. Sofia will attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where she will study in the School of Foreign Service and major in culture and politics, and minor in women and gender studies.
Gregory Ohl: A resident of Coral Springs and a student at Coral Springs Charter School, Gregory is class president, a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar, a Silver Knight nominee, a member of DECA and moderator for the Teen Political Forum Steering Committee in Coral Springs, where he conceived the questions for the local elected officials; the event drew more than 2000 students. Gregory has completed internships with State Rep. Jared Moskowitz, D-FL, and Larry Vignola, Coral Springs vice mayor. Gregory will be attending the University of Florida, majoring in political science. After college, he plans on attending law school and will run for elected office in the state of Florida. His ultimate goal is to be elected governor.
In addition to its Scholarship for Government Studies program, the Broward League of Cities manages several other annual initiatives that support students. The Student Ambassador program provides high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to interact with elected officials and attend general membership events, board of directors meetings and other related functions. The League also offers a Speakers’ Bureau as a valuable resource for schools to invite elected officials to address students on specific topics of local interest.
About the Broward League of Cities
Chartered in 1957, the Broward League of Cities is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resolving issues facing Broward County’s 31 cities and municipalities. A member of the Florida League of Cities, which serves to unify local governments throughout the state of Florida, the organization’s membership is made up of elected officials from municipal governments and area businesses. The organization is committed to increasing awareness and providing resolution to issues that affect day-to-day operations of local government, including legislation at the county, state and federal levels.