2019 OSPA Scholarship Award Winner


Freddie Aguilar

I am immensely grateful to receive the 2019 OSPA Scholarship. The contribution from this scholarship will help me advance towards my goal. I am currently a junior at Eastern Oregon University. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education along with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. I am hopeful that within a year I will be the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. I want to thank my linguistics professor, Dr. Lee Ann McNerney, for believing in me. She saw the potential in me and helped me become the first and only junior in my program to pass the rigorous ESOL Oregon Educator Licensure exam. Through Dr. McNerney’s courses, I developed a great passion for studying languages. Along with my multicultural background, this passion will have positive transfer into my future classroom as an ESL teacher. A very special thank you to the OSPA scholarship committee for selecting me out of numerous deserving candidates. Desde el fondo de mi corazón, gracias.