Scholar of the Week

Magaly Perez
Temple University

Magaly Perez is a 2016 HENAAC Scholar who was awarded a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Intel.

She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Information Technology Auditing and Cyber Security at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. A highly focused and ambitious student, Magaly knew from an early age that she had a calling to influence the world in some way and set out to do so by attaining a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with double minors in Spanish and Political Science. Magaly chose to pursue her graduate education in a STEM field to equip herself with the necessary tools to break barriers. Obtaining her Master’s in STEM will allow her to empower the Hispanic community and enrich our country’s technical workforce.

As a first generation American, Magaly’s family always stressed the importance of taking advantage of all available opportunities. Growing up, her parents faced cultural and linguistic barriers, which greatly limited their ability to be involved in her academic development. Taking advantage of opportunities while living with social and economic disadvantages caused pressure, but also allowed Magaly to rise to the challenge of being her family’s resilient trailblazer. She attributes her work ethic to the example set by her parents and is inspired to pursue a master’s degree and ultimately become an agent of change within the Hispanic community and demonstrate successful leadership within the technical STEM field.

Magaly was always seeking opportunities for leadership growth. One of her most memorable experiences was when she was selected to participate in the Congressional Internship program sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI). During her time as a CHCI intern, she worked for the Office of the U.S. Senator Charles Schumer where she demonstrated her passion and commitment towards the advancement of the Hispanic community by preparing memoranda and attending congressional hearings/briefings regarding the large influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. She also worked for the Legislative Assistant for health and education in securing funding and safe housing for the unaccompanied minors. This opportunity exposed her to the political arena and Magaly now has ambitions of becoming the first Latina State Auditor of Pennsylvania and one day a U.S. Senator.

In addition to her time with CHCI, Magaly actively participates on the Temple University campus as a peer tutor. She is a member of the Delta Zeta National Sorority, Order of Omega National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, Criminal Justice Society, and Temple’s College Democrats. She has taken the initiative to engage with the City of Philadelphia where she interned for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, Narcotics Strike Force, and the Criminal Law Office of Michael J Diamondstein. Magaly works forty hours per week as a legal assistant intern and charging unit paralegal while earning her master’s degree and maintaining an admirable GPA.

GMiS is proud to showcase Magaly Perez as the Scholar of the Week.

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