Romero’s legacy

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In a ceremony on March 28 in the Murray Function Room, President William P. Leahy, SJ, awarded Jeans Santana ’10 (center, with friends) the University’s 17th annual Archbishop Oscar A. Romero Scholarship. Named in honor of the Salvadoran champion of the poor who was assassinated in 1980, the scholarship, which provides 75 percent of senior year tuition, recognizes a Boston College junior who has demonstrated a commitment to Archbishop Romero’s values through “involvement in and service to the Hispanic/Latino community at Boston College and in the wider community.” As an undergraduate, Santana participated in service trips to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina as well as needy children in the Dominican Republic. He volunteers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in a research program that investigates health care and mortality rates among Latina breast cancer patients. Being named a Romero scholar “means leading by example and drawing more people to community service,” Santana said afterward. “I have big shoes to fill.”

This feature was posted on Friday, April 3, 2009 and is filed under Featured Photo.

Photograph: Suzanna Camarata