Interview with Genoveva Abreu
Romero Scholarship Recipient - 2007
Born in the Dominican Republic, Genoveva Abreu moved
with her family to Massachusetts. At Lawrence High School, she
developed the habits of service to her community that remain central
to her life. A mathematics major in the College of Arts & Sciences,
she was named a McNair Scholar; she balances academics and the
research expectations of the McNair Program with her commitment
to work and service. The Dominican Republic Service Trip in her
freshman year deepened her understanding of the challenges of injustice
and poverty and of Archbishop Romero’s message to “’hear
the cry of those oppressed’” and to “denounce
the social structures that give rise to or perpetuate the misery
from which the cry arises.” Now a student leader for the Dominican
Service Trip, she is also an active member of the Organization
of Latin American Affairs (OLAA) and codirector of the OLAA Culture
Show. She has also volunteered through PULSE to teach GED students
at the Crittenden Women’s Union, worked as a teaching assistant,
and tutored children. Genoveva plans to become a teacher of mathematics
in an urban area and hopes she will inspire her students, “as
Archbishop Romero has done for me,” to “set the world
What motivated you to apply for the Romero Scholarship?
There were many motives that led me to apply for the Romero scholarship.
First, there was the prestige of representing Oscar Romero’s
Ideas in a society where such ideas are over looked. Second, I
wanted to show that there are motivated Latino/as that care about
social justice issues. Thirdly, I thought it would be a great opportunity
to express my social beliefs and keep Oscar Romero’s Ideals
2. What was the most memorable question
from the interview and how did you respond?
My most memorable question was when the committee asked me about
what part of Oscar Romero’s life do you see reflected in
yours? I said, I remember saying one thing that Oscar Romero had
and never gave up was hope. To me hope is such a powerful drive.
It makes me always have optimism and strength to never give up
regardless to how difficult the situation is.
How did you feel when you heard your name called as the award
When I heard my name, I didn’t know what to do. I saw my
mom and immediately, I felt a rush of emotions running through
my body that I was unable to control. It was great… It was
an amazing feeling that I wish everyone one day can experience.
4. What do you feel is your biggest responsibility
as the Romero Scholarship recipient of 2007?
My biggest responsibility as the Romero Scholarship recipient
of 2007 is to bring the Latino community together to fight for
our right as individual and to promote awareness topics such as
education, immigration and other prevailing issues in our communities.
5. What would you say to students who
are thinking of applying next year?
Please do not hesitate to do so, you will never regret it. Just
by applying you are keeping Oscar Romero’s ideals alive,
which is really our goal.