University President William P. Leahy, SJ, presented Godoy the scholarship, which is equal to three-quarters of a year's tuition, at the annual Romero Scholarship Awards Banquet held April 1 in the Welch Dining Room of Lyons Hall.
The award is given to a junior of Latino descent who best represents the ideals and values of Archbishop Romero, an activist for the poor in El Salvador who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass.
A native of Ridgewood, NY, Godoy is a political science major in the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been active in a number of international and local service programs throughout her undergraduate career, including the Organization for Latin American Affairs, the Student and Community Issues Division of the AHAHA Leadership Council, and the Commonwealth Tenants Association.
Godoy said that winning the Romero Scholarship "helps me to feel the power that emanates from the unification of the Latino community.
"That power reminds me that I, too, will make a difference in this world," she said. "My faith in God convinces me that I can live out my dreams."
Junior Ann Godoy and University President William Leahy, SJ, at the Romero Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Godoy, whose family is Cuban, is spending the current semester in Madrid, where she is an exchange student at the American University's World Capital Program. In addition to her studies in Spanish politics, history and economics, she is working as an intern for a non-governmental agency that facilitates humanitarian assistance for Cuba.
"This is a small contribution to my ancestors and to my family," said Godoy, who was able to return briefly to campus for the April 1 ceremony.
"We had some exceptionally strong candidates this year," said Arts and Sciences Associate Dean Carol Hurd Green, chair of the Romero Scholarship selection committee. "But Ann had a strong record of service to the Latino community in addition to her overall service activities and impressive academic record."
Godoy, who is also pursing a minor in Latin American studies, said that she plans to work on development and human rights issues in Latin America after finishing graduate work in public affairs or Latin American studies.
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