Student receives SAAHJ scholarship

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

 Ana Federico receives her award from SAAHJ during their annual scholarship gala.
The future for OLLU senior Ana Federico gleams with promise. In April, Ana landed an internship with the City of San Antonio in the Communications and Public Affairs Department. On Friday, she received a scholarship from the San Antonio Association of Hispanic Journalists (SAAHJ) at the organization's annual gala at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

"I had never heard of the scholarship until my professor mentioned it after class," says Federico, a 21 year old who is majoring in public relations and Spanish. "I never expected to get it. This scholarship will help in so many ways."

Federico manages her time carefully, studying full time and working part time for the city, while carving a path she hopes will lead to a dream job. "I want to work for a government agency in public relations and use my Spanish," she says.

At San Juan Diego Catholic High School in Austin, Federico participated in a work-study program that sparked a vision. "I worked for the consulate of Mexico," she says.

At OLLU, Federico has pursued her twin passions of Spanish and public relations while serving her city, where she assists with print media clippings, employee newsletter writing, market research and other duties.

"It's been a good experience," she says. "I was glad for the courses I'd taken at the Lake. I knew how to edit videos. I knew how to use Final Cut Pro. I'm pretty sure that's one reason I got the internship."

In the Department of Communications and Public Affairs, Federico feels at home. She works with three OLLU alumni: Public Relations Manager Lorraine Pulido (PhD Leadership Studies 2010), Lead Web Designer Cambri Ensminger (BS Computer Information Systems 2003, MEd 2007) and Public Information Officer Javier A. Flores (BA English and Art 2001).

"I've always been interested in what I'm doing right now," she says. "I like to combine using my native language, which is Spanish, and working in government. In the future, I would love to do what I'm doing right now."