Scholarship Opens Doors for Spanish Major
Among the 21 current WES Scholars, senior Amairani Alamillo ‘16 has found that the Woman’s Educational Society complements her time at Colorado College by continuously offering opportunities for academic and professional exploration.
Alamillo, a Spanish major and dance minor, was attracted to CC because of the unique Block Plan, which she felt would allow complete immersion on campus both academically and in extracurricular activities. Recognition for her accomplishments through the WES scholarship gave Alamillo the ability to decline the student loans she was initially awarded. As a result, she will graduate with much less debt than she would have otherwise.
“I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the recipients of the award! The WES scholarship and other scholarships I received through CC played a huge role in my decision to attend this institution,” Alamillo says.
Each WES scholar also receives a book stipend every semester, which Alamillo says greatly reduces the amount of hours she needs to work to save up hundreds of dollars for textbooks. This extra free time allows Alamillo to pursue her work as a dedicated pre-medical student, an experience enhanced by the connections she has made with WES.
Alamillo says, “Being part of the Woman’s Educational Society has opened so many doors for me. For example, without WES I would not have been able to meet professors that teach subjects outside of my interests. Without WES, I would never have met Dr. Amilu Stewart, whom I’ve had the privilege of shadowing in the clinic.” Dr. Stewart is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College’s first admitted class of women and a valuable connection for Alamillo that WES made possible.
Beyond professional connections, Alamillo enjoys bonding with the society at social events and feels a personal friendship with the women who offer her endless support. As an engaged scholar, a social and political activist, and a strong Catholic, she feels she was a good match with WES’s purpose to choose scholars based on “achievement, academic success, and personal promise.”
Recounting the first time she met the women of WES, Alamillo says: “Both my mother and I felt as if we had known them for years. A few women approached us and made sure to tell my mother how proud they were that I was a WES scholar. The women remembered reading my story in the WES newsletter and commented on my achievements thus far.”
CC has given Alamillo the resources to thrive as a co-chair of SOMOS (the Hispanic/Latino campus organization), a co-author and presenter of a petition to diversify the CC curriculum, and a student body president candidate. Strengthened by her time as a WES scholar, Alamillo’s CC experience has given her the ability to succeed at any goal she pursues.
WES was founded in 1889 to give assistance to the students of Colorado College.