Scholarship Spotlight

Meet Stephanie Oduardo – Recipient of the The 2018 EWPBF Presidents Fund Scholarship

Age: 21

Residence: Boca Raton, Florida

College Major: Double Major in History and Politics

Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to take the road you are on? I am a senior at Palm Beach Atlantic University with a passion for international travel and the law. I am currently studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. I have traveled independently from a young age and feel that the experiences I have had abroad have matured me and made me more personable. I studied Japanese in Tokyo for a summer when I was 18. My time there and throughout China have made me more interested in Asian politics and very fond of Japanese and Asian culture.

Why/how did you choose your major? I chose to study history because I have always loved history courses in middle and high school. I added on my politics major after becoming involved with collegiate mock trial and being interested in the philosophies of political theorists.

What are your goals for the future? After graduation I plan to teach English abroad in Asia before attending law school.

Who has been a role model for you? My greatest role models are Abigail Adams, Anna Wintour, Michelle Obama, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Adams was a talented writer and argued for women suffrage using the same philosophies her husband did. Anna Wintour and Michelle Obama both made significant achievements in careers where the field was dominated by men and maintained high standards for themselves and their work. Ginsberg made major sacrifices for her husband Marty and their family while she refused to be treated as lesser in the academic realm because she was a mother and a woman.

Describe a personal achievement that makes you proud. I have won several awards for my performance as an attorney and witness in mock trial. I also am proud of the  original index I created as a part of an ongoing research project. The index quantified levels of ideal alignment with international standards in state prisoner prevention suicide policy.

How did the Scholarship from EWPBF help you on your path to college? The EWPBF scholarship has allowed me to have the flexibility of working less and being able to pursue more academic pursuits, like research.