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March 18, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 13

Annual Romero Scholarship to Be Presented March 27

The 12th annual Archbishop Oscar Romero Scholarship Award will be presented on Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall.

The scholarship is given each year to a Boston College junior who exemplifies the values and ideals of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Archbishop Romero, known for his dedication to the poor and disenfranchised, was shot and killed by an assassin while celebrating Mass in 1980.

Criteria for the scholarship award includes dedication to learning as evidenced by academic record, service on and off campus and financial need. The scholarship represents 75 percent of the student's senior-year tuition. A committee comprised of Jesuits, faculty, staff, alumni, and students selects the recipient.

Each year the banquet highlights the culture of a Latin American nation. This year, Argentinian dance music and food will be part of the festivities.

Last year's winner, Stephanie Valencia '04, spent a portion of her junior year studying in El Salvador and witnessed the impact that Romero continues to have on people's lives, some 20 years after his death.

"I discovered the humble manner in which Romero touched so many lives, the lives of people who suffer, and who have every reason to give up faith and hope, but yet he restored it to them," she said.

Further details about the Archbishop Romero Award are available at www.bc.edu/romero.

-Stephen Gawlik

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