We are pleased to announce that Bethani Lechuga has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Dolan Law Firm Justice Empowerment Scholarship. The law firm awarded Bethani a $2,500 scholarship.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Bethani attended North High School in Phoenix before deciding to enter into the Nursing BSN program at Arizona State University (ASU). Bethani was perusing the ASU scholarship portal one day when she stumbled upon the annual Dolan Justice Empowerment Scholarship.
At first, Bethani was uncertain about what she might have to say that would contribute to the conversation about Justice Empowerment. Then, a few days later, while driving to school, Bethani was listening to a speech by our current President in which he referred to immigrants as criminals and animals. Bethani recalls being brought to tears at the thought that our most powerful elected representative, the President of the United States, would speak of whole populations of people with such animosity and hatred. Knowing that these statements reflect not only his views but the views of many of her fellow Americans, it was then that Bethani resolved to make her voice be heard by creating a video that speaks to the Justice Empowerment means to her.
Here is Bethani Lechuga’s award-winning video:
When asked about why she chose Nursing as the profession she will pursue, Bethani said, “I’ve seen so much injustice and discrimination in our health care system. I want to make part of my impact on society by working in the healthcare system and doing my best to treat all of the people I serve as a nursing practitioner without regard for their race, religion, politics or immigration status.”
We congratulate and honor Bethani for having the vision and the commitment to enter into a caring profession and committing herself to caring for all people she encounters personally and professionally with the same dignity and respect we all deserve as human beings.