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Week Of Special Interest 11/21/18
Photo courtesy: CU Boulder

By La Voz Staff

CU Boulder student wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder student Serene Singh, a senior who is majoring in political science and journalism, is among 32 Americans who will receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University in England starting next fall.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Singh is the university’s first Rhodes Scholar since 1993, when All Big Eight tackle and Colorado Buffaloes football team captain Jim Hansen won the award. Singh is the 20th CU Boulder student to claim the coveted scholarship–and the first woman of color and Sikh-American to receive the recognition.

She has said she aspires to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court one day, and would be the second CU Boulder graduate to do so if she accomplishes that dream, following in the footsteps of Byron “Whizzer” White, who won the Rhodes Scholarship in 1938 and went on to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

“I still feel like I am dreaming,” Singh said Sunday after returning to Colorado from Salt Lake City, where she interviewed with a selection committee. “I woke up this morning with a feeling I’ve never had before. It truly felt like cloud nine times a thousand.

Earlier this year, Singh was awarded the Truman Scholarship and represented CU Boulder as a Marshall Scholarship finalist. She is also a member of the Presidents Leadership Class, is a Boetcher Scholar, and serves as chief justice for CU Student Government.

LAEF extends scholarship application deadline

The LAEF Scholarship Application Deadline is Extended to Friday, November 23, at 11:59 p.m. Requirments include, Colorado residency, of Latino/Hispanic herritage or actively involved in the Hispanic community. Minumum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please take advantate of this extension to complete your application with LAEF.

Our Government

White House

President Trump issued Major Disaster and Emergency Declarations to provide support for California’s response to the wildfires. The declarations cover up to 75 percent of costs incurred by California for removing debris, conducting emergency activities, providing transitional sheltering, and more.

Colorado Governor

Gov. John Hickenlooper today appointed Don J. Toussaint to serve as an Arapahoe County Court judge in the 18th Judicial District. Toussaint fills a vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable John E. Scipione to the Arapahoe County District Court in the 18th Judicial District.

Denver Mayor

In October, Mayor Hancock and the Vera Institute announced the first $377,000 in grants from the Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund. The grants will provide access to legal representation for qualified individuals in immigration detention and facing deportation and those seeking assistance in such areas as citizenship and asylum-seeking or renewals for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).





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