Divorce Matters is proud to announce Paola Gascot-Chinea as the winner of the 2021 Divorce Matters Scholarship. Although we had a lot of qualified applicants this year, Paola stood out among them. Our committee was impressed with Paola’s academic involvement, work ethic and abundance of extracurriculars that positively affect Paola’s community. Paola will be entering her second year at Denver University, majoring in Environmental Science.
Paola’s achievements and involvement in her community stood out above the rest. Some of her high school involvement includes the Student Equity Working Group, the Hispanic Latino Student Alliance, founding the Women’s Forum, playing tennis and running cross country, volunteering as a peer mentor at Our Turn (a non-profit bringing equality to education), and volunteering at the Children’s Hospital of Aurora. In college, Paola has joined a living learning community for environmental sustainability to dig into her interest in the environment. She has also joined the Pi Lambda Chi sorority for Latina students.
When asked what this scholarship meant to her, Paola told Divorce Matters, “This scholarship means everything to me. As I answer these questions, I feel emotional and I feel the urge to cry happy tears! I have worked so hard and I have gone through so much that it feels amazing to know that all of that hard work has paid off. It’s even more of a relief that I can focus on my studies and take it one day at a time. I don’t have to be rushing or finding ways in order to pay for my education, as I do pay for my own studies.”
It is our honor to award Paola with this scholarship. We wish her the very best in her undergraduate education, and in achieving her goal of applying her Environmental Science degree to making a difference in both low-income communities and communities of color. To everyone reading this, Paola would like to say that “anything is possible if you set your mind to it. At the moment it may feel like not much is going to happen but results don’t usually start showing until further down the road and it is more than okay to fail because that is how you learn. That is how you become a better person.”
We want to thank everyone that applied and wish you all the very best in your academic endeavors!