Bobbie Alcanzo

University of Great Falls

Bobbie Alcanzo exemplifies what a Newman Civic Fellow strives to be. As an immigrant of the United States, Bobbie has learned first-hand about the disparities in the quality of life for others. She understands how economic inequalities, social injustice and racial bias impact all. Her dedication to making changes in these areas are evident by her involvement in the University of Great Falls' Providence Formation Program (PFP). It is through her work with PFP, where Bobbie stands out at as a leader; serving as a student officer and actively engaging in the program. Most notably, it is the time she spends in the classroom with low-income, racially diverse students teaching the value of education and stewardship. Bobbie is focused on pursuing a career as a health professional and her dedication to her academics is evident by her strong GPA and positive involvement on campus. Bobbie serves a valuable role in our faith community actively engaging in campus spiritual growth opportunities and volunteering with Chapel Services. Through her own faith and life experience, her passion to help others has become an important goal in life. She looks to give back by helping others overcome social injustice and economic inequality.

Anthony Aretz
University of Great Falls President
University of Great Falls

Personal Statement

Growing up in the Philippines exposed me to the consequences of economic inequalities and social injustices. As a young girl in a developing country, I couldn't take for granted the roof over my head, the food on my table, and most of all, the education I received. My family and I moved to the US in 2009 with the first-hand knowledge of the effects of poverty, because we had been surrounded by it our whole lives. To me, there was a clear distinction between the quality of life lived by the fortunate as opposed to the underprivileged, and this ignited my passion for advocating for economic equality. Additionally, being a minority drove me to realize the importance of racial equality. I wish to live a life with a higher sense of purpose by helping those who struggle in these aspects of our society, in the best way that I can. Currently in my university, I am involved in a service-learning program that allows me to interact with low-income elementary school students that come from different backgrounds, and I am always hoping for the opportunity to help even more people on a much larger scale.

Bobbie Alcanzo
Biology: Class of May 2019
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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