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Autumn 2003 | Volume 26, Number 4 | Campus
Freshman Missionary Is Among Six New Ames Scholarship Recipients

Jessica Villa and her family left their home in Puerto Rico on a reverse mission to Renton, Washington. They were sent by their denomination to start a Christian and Missionary Alliance Hispanic Church, the only one in the state. Working with those whose first language is Spanish, she has helped lead a worship team and a youth group at the church.

For her leadership and mission work, Villa was selected as one of six students of multicultural heritage to receive a 2003–2004 Ames Scholarship at SPU. The other students chosen for the scholarship are sophomore Leslie Hooks-Barton and freshmen Markita Andrews, Christina Davis, Robert Mbugua and Elizabeth Dong.

Just before Autumn Quarter began, Villa joined the other new Ames Scholars in a pre-orientation program called Early Connections, with a Presidential Luncheon as the capstone event. The new Ames Scholars and their families were officially recognized by Seattle Pacific President Philip Eaton and Barbara Ames, who helped to establish the scholarship program with her husband, Gary. “The selection process for these awards was highly competitive,” says Eaton. “It is a personal pleasure to welcome such incredibly gifted students to our campus. They have so much to offer our community.”

Villa, a political science major, says an SPU education will support her long-term goal, one she has already begun to accomplish: “I want to help bring the gospel to other immigrants in the United States,” she says.

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