Interview with Gabriel Verdaguer
Romero Scholarship Recipient - 2002
A week after
the 2002 award ceremony, we asked Gabriel five questions about
Here's how he answered. . .
What motivated you to apply for the Romero Scholarship?
of my motivation came from the renowned prestige and honor that
is associated with Archbishop Romero and the scholarship. The other
part came from the great encouragement that I received from upperclassmen
since I was a freshman; I owe a great deal to my older peers."
What was the most memorable question from the interview and how
did you respond?
was 'What do you think sets you apart from the other finalist?'
I was uncertain as to what the other finalists had to offer (and
eventually learned that it was a lot) and so I addressed the response
in regards to what I thought my biggest strength was; namely my
focus on spirituality. I believe that, independent of life's treats
like the scholarship, I do everything I can to follow the path that
God wants me to follow. If I do this, there's no way I can ultimately
fail or be disappointed."
How did you feel when you heard your name called as the award winner?
if you were there you could see that I was very overwhelmed. It
was a blessing to have received this honor and I thank God for preparing
me for anything that could have happened."
What do you feel is your biggest responsibility as the Romero Scholarship
recipient of 2002?
more a combination of things, both personal and public:
- To continue
strengthening my faith through education and reflection.
- To represent
Archbishop Romero, his principles, and the values of the committee
to their utmost.
- To continually
prepare myself for any calls to action or vocation."
What would you say to students who are thinking of applying next
process is a challenge, but one that is very beneficial, especially
at such a critical time in your college career; it demands that
you seriously consider where you are, where you've been, and where
you are going. Certainly apply and in doing so, do not forget to
challenge yourself with the spiritual component associated with
Romero and the scholarship."
you Gabriel for answering our questions!