Takoma Park, MD. (February 7, 2019)—President Weymouth Spence has announced Monica Chica as this year’s Washington Adventist University Weniger Fellows Student Scholarship designee. Monica was selected for demonstrating excellence in the areas of spirituality, academics, civic service, leadership, and professionalism.
Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Monica moved to the United States in 2012 with her father and sister at 15 years of age. For the first couple of years, the Chica family experienced many hardships. Her mother was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome and suffered from its affects which required extensive therapy and medications. Unfortunately, due to a lack of health insurance, the family decided to temporarily separate, leaving Monica’s mother in El Salvador. It would take five years of diligent work to reunite the family, and in 2017 Monica’s mother joined them in the U.S.
Monica soon discovered a new love in basketball, and it was through the sport that she achieved mastery of the English language. She joined the WAU community after being recruited to play basketball, however she proved to many that there was more to her. She works as a teaching assistant for the Biology Department providing instructional support for the program’s anatomy and physiology, chemistry and biology classes. In addition, Monica is a student leader for the First Year Experience program for WAU’s incoming freshmen. She majors in biology with a minor in chemistry but even with the rigors of basketball practice, games and course responsibilities she has earned a GPA of 3.80.
Through discipline and commitment, Monica proactively and effectively provides support to the new team members. As a leader, she helps them develop the winning skills necessary to be successful on and off the court.
One of Monica’s greatest achievements was being elected to serve as President for the Graduating Class of 2019. After completing her undergraduate degree from WAU, she looks forward to expanding her commitment to excellence through a lifetime of service as a professional Child Life Specialist. In this capacity – Monica envisions employment in a hospital setting where she will combine her two passions of science and children.
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Washington Adventist University is Montgomery County’s only four-year private college. Part of the Seventh-day Adventist system of higher education, Washington Adventist University has been educating college students since 1904 on a 19-acre campus in suburban Takoma Park, close to the nation’s capital. Approximately 1,100 students of all faiths participate in the university’s nine graduate and 42 undergraduate programs. The 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Washington Adventist University among the best regional colleges in the north.