Yineth Sanchez

YINETH SANCHEZ, who came to the United States eight years ago from Colombia, says "I was voiceless, not knowing how to speak English. I knew what to say, but I had no words for it."

Today, she volunteers with her local immigration office, translating for those "who have no voice." "I fell in love with NSU from the first day I came to campus," recalls Sanchez. "I felt like I belonged, with the diversity, the curriculum, and the people."

However, funding her education was an issue. Sanchez was fortunate to receive financial assistance from various NSU scholarships.

"Being part of a scholarship program has made me a more diligent student. It has also created a structure that furthers my personal and professional goals."

In the summer of 2010, Sanchez interned on Capitol Hill, working for 10 weeks under Lincoln Diaz-Balart, U.S. Representative for Florida's 21st congressional district. She attended congressional briefings and wrote memos on important legislation for Diaz-Balart. She also aided in drafting a speech for him, which was entered into the Congressional Record, on the release of political prisoners in Cuba and translated it from Spanish to English.

"This experience sharpened my global consciousness," said Sanchez, who plans to attend law school and hopes to one day serve the people of the state of Florida.