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Noel Benson

Class of 2015
Spanish and Speech Communications
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

School has been a challenge, but I’ve enjoyed it because it shaped my personal development to be the person I want to be. I’ve gotten to do all the things I’ve wanted to do in college, can wouldn’t have had the opportunity without The Scholarship Foundation.

When Noel enrolled at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, she took classes in women and gender studies and advance intercultural communications. She deepened her understanding of social structures by studying underprivileged communities and the barriers they face in accessing assistance. She worked hard to become president of TRIO Achievers and volunteered for service projects to help support community initiatives.

Noel graduated in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in speech communications. In summer 2015, Noel visited the Dominican Republic to help support youth community outreach for the International Student volunteers program. Noel will attend graduate school at Loyola University Chicago to earn a dual-degree in social justice and social work. Noel has been a Scholarship Foundation Bravo Grant and loan recipient since 2011 and is grateful for the assistance towards the pursuit of her calling. 

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