FLIC Board Member and SWER Leader Selected for Social Justice Scholarship

6 Aug

matosBreaking News! One of our own, Felipe Matos, has been selected for the National Davis-Putter Scholarship based on his commitment and hard work for social justice. We cannot think of a more deserving recipient!

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Felipe was elected President of the Student Government Association and student representative to the college-wide Board of Trustees at Miami Dade Honors College. There he was active in anti-oppression causes, particularly promoting the DREAM Act.

During this time Felipe was also awarded a position on the ALL USA Academic First Team, which represents the top 20 community college students in the nation and was certified as a New Century Scholar. In 2007, he became a leader in Students Working for Equal Rights (SWER) and started advocating for the rights of undocumented youth throughout the country with the support of the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). Currently, Felipe is a SWER core leader, as well as an elected member of the FLIC Board of Directors.

An Environmental Justice major at St. Thomas University, Matos is one of only 20 students to receive this prestigious scholarship, which will enable him to fulfill his dream of completing his Environmental Justice Law degree.

The Davis-Putter Scholarship, launched in 1961, grants scholarships to student activists who organize against oppression and discrimination, and for peace and justice. “I am very grateful, but I feel this is truly a communal victory. I could never have accomplished much if it wasn’t for my family and the support that FLIC and my peers from SWER give me,” Matos said.

Thanks to you, Felipe, for all that you do–and congratulations!

matos

St. Thomas University Junior

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