Amalia Munding Receives the 2017 Hodges Social Activism Scholarship
The Hodges Social Activism Scholarship was established in 2013 to honor the leadership of Jean and Jack Hodges in their commitment to PFLAG (Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) since 1993 in the mission to offer support, education and advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ+ persons, their families and allies. This scholarship is to promote the growth and development of young adults to continue the work to advance equality to ensure justice and liberty for all Americans. Click here to learn more and find out who is eligible and how to apply for next year!
This year’s recipient is Amalia Munding, an International Baccalaureate (IB) student who recently graduated from Centaurus High School, and has been involved as a leader in achieving equality for minorities in her hometown of Lafayette. She is a four-year member of the Lafayette Youth Advisory Committee that focuses on social justice issues. Her personal emphasis on that committee has been a formal campaign to encourage youth, especially Latinos, to choose water over sugary drinks. This extensive effort has provided Amalia a platform to make changes in her community and to learn about raising social justice awareness and advocacy.
Other activities include the Lafayette Peer Empowerment Project, the Empowerment Center of East County programs, and the PeaceJam Foundation. In addition to a weighted GPA of 4.3 with a preponderance of IB classes, Amalia is on the cross country track team at her school. She will be attending Iowa State University where she intends to continue growing as a leader.
Amalia has been lauded for her excellence as a leader, by being an active participant, thoughtful contributor, and eloquent advocate.