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Ohio Wesleyan Student Honored for Hispanic Outreach Service

April 16, 2009

Paola Grullon ’10
Photo courtesy of Paola Grullon
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University student Paolamantina Grullon has earned a prestigious 2008-2009 Charles J. Ping Award for Community Service for her outreach to Delaware’s Hispanic community at the Woodward Family Resource Center and other community organizations.

Grullon, a junior and a pre-medicine major from the Dominican Republic, “exemplifies the best of the longstanding commitment of Ohio Wesleyan students to community services,” said OWU President Rock Jones, Ph.D.

“Quite literally, Paola is the poster child for the way a well-designed service learning internship should work,” Jones said. “Beyond meeting needs and developing relationships, her efforts are also paving the way for future Ohio Wesleyan interns who will continue the work to learn and serve with our Latino neighbors.”

Through her community service, Grullon has helped to create a strong support network for the local Hispanic community by helping people with translations for medical and utility services and government benefit programs, as well as with child-care assistance.

Her commitment to enhancing communication within the Hispanic community is especially significant, as Grullon didn’t begin to study the English language until her senior year in high school.

Grullon’s award marks the fifth consecutive year that Ohio Wesleyan students have been honored with Ping Awards. She will receive a $500 “Legacy Honorarium,” which will be donated to the community partner of her choice. The award is presented by the Ohio Campus Compact, a non-profit coalition of 46 Ohio colleges and universities based in Granville, Ohio.

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