Student Receives 2013 Rising Star Scholarship AwardPosted on: 04/24/2013
The Broward County Women Lawyers' Association (BCWLA) presented the 2013 Rising Star Scholarship Award to NSU Law Student Jennifer Aguila. Expecting to graduate in May 2014, she has balanced her time between being a wife and mother, while working full time for the U.S. Attorney's office as a legal assistant in the Public Integrity, National Security and Civil Rights Section. As a granddaughter of Cuban immigrants, Jennifer credits her grandfather for her determination to succeed, as she has become the first in her family to graduate from high school, college, and law school.
A Dean's List recipient for the 2011 and 2012 Winter semesters, Jennifer received the James and Beatrice Salah Scholarship, and is a member of the Nova Trial Association and Senior Staff Member of the International Citator & Research Guide. In addition to her extracurricular activities at NSU, she also makes time to give back to her community by volunteering for Big Brother/Big Sisters and participating in two community improvement programs through the U.S. Attorney's Office (Hispanic Heritage Committee and the Outreach Program). Jennifer's ultimate goal is to continue with the U.S. Attorney's office and be assigned to the unit devoted to combat child exploitation and victimization.
The BCWLA have also given an honorable mention to fellow NSU Law Student Sylvia Cano, who will be graduating this May. Moving from Peru with her parents when she was 11 years old, her parents' struggle to become U.S. citizens inspired her desire to become an attorney. Volunteering hundreds of hours with Legal Aid in their Immigration Unit, Sylvia has been involved in programs such as the Naturalization Outreach, the Dream Act Outreach, the Citizenship Day Clinic, and the Deferred Action and Childhood Arrivals Clinic.
In addition to her pro bono work, Sylvia is also the Bilingual Editor for the ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. Among her accomplishments, Sylvia has been the recipient of the Florida Bar Foundation Fellowship and the NSU Juvenile Mediation Program Fellowship. She has also received a scholarship to attend the American Immigration Lawyers Association's South Florida Conference.