Senior Rider Chosen for New Jersey Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program
Karla Lopez-Rosa, a rising senior student at Rider University majoring in political science, received a scholarship from the Governor’s Hispanic Scholars program.
Program participants receive a combination of hands-on experience and traditional classroom instruction focused on leadership and professional development, as well as other opportunities such as leadership training seminars and guest presentations by professionals leading.
“I believe mentoring is an important aspect of how we grow as individuals,” Lopez-Rosa says. “The Governor’s Hispanic Scholars Program offers mentors who are of Hispanic/Latin descent like myself and people who want to see each of us succeed. . I am grateful to have been selected to be part of a program that wants to help the Hispano-Latin leaders of tomorrow.”
The program is open to all New Jersey residents of Hispanic descent enrolled in a two- or four-year college or university program. Lopez-Rosa, a political science major studying homeland security and Spanish, will intern at the New Jersey Red Cross during the eight-week program.
About her motivation to join the program, Lopez-Rosa cited a passion for learning more about immigration and its effects specifically on the Hispanic/LatinX community. The scholarship will build on his previous experience as an intern last summer with the Latin American Legal Defense & Education Fund in Trenton.
“My role with the organization touched me personally because I got to see what it was like for immigrant families in their need for health care, education and legal assistance,” says Lopez. -Rosa, President of Rider’s Political Science Club who also interned with U.S. Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman as a student.
“It has been gratifying to see how much Karla has grown as a student, leader and aspiring political professional during her time at Rider,” said Micah Rasmussen, director of Rider’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics, which dedicated to public service and scientific analysis of government, public policy, campaigns and elections in New Jersey.
“As she took on each new role, she became more confident and sure of herself,” adds Rasmussen. “There’s no question Karla is well on her way to becoming one of the next generations of New Jersey leaders, and I’m incredibly proud of her.”