Executive Women Recognize High Achievers With Scholarships

Seven Palm Beach Atlantic University students have received scholarships from the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches. The students were recognized at the 31st annual Women in Leadership Luncheon.

Palm Beach Atlantic University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. and Women in Leadership Awards Luncheon Honorary Chair Frances Fisher congratulate scholarship recipients Megan Human (second from left) and Jessica Monteiro (third from left) on receiving the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Public Policy Scholarship. Fisher provided the grant for the endowed Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Public Policy scholarship, which benefits Palm Beach Atlantic students.

Angelica Peralta of suburban Lantana received the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches scholarship. Peralta is a sophomore who is majoring in nursing and minoring in Spanish, and she has served as a volunteer at her church. Her other involvements include volunteering as a tutor for music students at Lantana Middle School and volunteering as a note taker for students with disabilities. She also has participated in a local clean-up at a nature preserve. After graduating, she plans to work as a nurse in a hospital before going back to school for a master’s degree to become a certified nurse midwife. She eventually would like to open her own clinic.

Victoria Vartan of Jupiter received the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches scholarship. Vartan is a junior who is majoring in journalism. She has been a staff writer and web editor of The Beacon, the University’s student newspaper, and she has completed more than 500 hours of community service at the Jupiter Branch Library, where helps the librarians train 12- to 18-year-old volunteers. She is a tutor for PBA students in math and English, and she packs food for the Food for Families program at her church. She also serves as a volunteer for local beach clean-ups. Her career goal is to obtain a position at a major television station in New York City as a scriptwriter, editor or web editor.

Eileen Gonzalez of Boynton Beach received the Kathryn C. Vecellio Scholarship. Gonzalez is a senior majoring in elementary education. She has volunteered in various children’s ministries and Head Start classrooms assisting teachers with instruction and creating lessons and activities. She has participated in various homeless outreach programs, such as Love Bags, Love Out Loud and Food Share. She hopes to teach in either a public school or private institution in Palm Beach County, and she also would like to teach overseas. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in education leadership. “God has placed the desire to teach in my heart and I am happy to take on this fulfilling and life-changing career. I aspire to lead, mentor and challenge my future students to help them achieve social and academic success in their school career.” 

Emily Pain of West Palm Beach received the Kathryn C. Vecellio Scholarship. Pain is a junior who is majoring in elementary education. She has worked with the homeless feeding/ministry at First Presbyterian Church and a children’s ministry for inner city children. She also has served as a classroom leader at Shoreline Kids and as co-leader of the Shoreline College Women’s Discipleship program. Her career aspirations are to teach in a public school in Palm Beach County, preferably at in an inner-city school. “I believe that teachers have a beautiful opportunity to love children and believe in them, to inspire and challenge them. I want to be the teacher that sees the child no one else sees and hears the child no one else hears. I believe that children will change the world if we only take the time to believe in them,” she said.

Third-year pharmacy student Julienne Brown Pauly of West Palm Beach received the Graduate Health Scholarship. In 2012, Pauly was an asthma educator in Belle Glade with the American Lung Association Open Airways Program, and in 2013 she volunteered at Quantum House to prepare food for and visit with patients who were awaiting bone extension surgery. This year she participated in a health fair at Woodlands Middle School to counsel families about proper medication usage. She was a member of the pharmacy school’s 2012 medical mission trip team that traveled to Guatemala, and this year she is a member of a team headed to Honduras. She is an active member of numerous professional organizations, and she is the president of the graduating class of 2015. She demonstrated her care for the success of her fellow classmates by serving as a mentor to new pharmacy students in 2012 and 2013, and by managing the new student mentor match program in 2013 to ensure proper communication was established between pharmacy student mentors and new students.  

Megan Human, a Longmont, Colo., native who now lives in West Palm Beach, received the Public Policy Scholarship. Human is a junior majoring in public relations and minoring in political science. She serves as president of the Public Relations Club at PBA, and she is a member of the President’s Lyceum, an academic forum at PBA featuring distinguished guest speakers who are leaders in their industry. She is completing an internship at Community Partners, where she has worked on the organization’s annual report, crisis management plan and fundraising events.  She also has volunteered more than 500 hours at her church as a youth leader.  Her career goals are to work in the field of public policy using the skills she learned from her internship at Coudert Institute hosting the world’s most influential minds for intelligent conversation.

Jessica Monteiro of Coral Springs received the Public Policy Scholarship. Monteiro is a freshman majoring in pre-law and minoring in biblical studies. She volunteers at a Brazilian church translating the sermon for the English speakers. “My job goes beyond translating words but communicating ideas and truth,” she said. “I am the ‘middle man’ between the pastor and the audience members who do not speak his language.” Her career aspirations are to pursue a degree in law and to be a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves.