Michelle Therese Asuncion - 2013 Diane Fisher Award Recipient
Michelle Therese Asuncion, a Reitz Scholar, University Scholar and Davis UWC Scholar from the Philippines is an honors student pursuing a BA in Political Science with a Minor in Spanish, Latin American Studies and Anthropology and a Certificate in International Relations at the University of Florida. In November 2013, Michelle received one of the Diane Fisher Scholarships UFIC gives annually to two undergraduate international students for outstanding service in the community.
As a Student Ambassador and Alumni Committee Liaison for UF’s Center for Leadership and Service, Michelle works as a liaison to develop outreach campaigns, provide support for the Center’s programs and engage UF students to get involved in service and leadership programs. She also serves as the Center’s Representative for the UF Student Advisory Board (SAB). She worked as a Committee Member for the Gator Global Initiative 2013.
Michelle served as the UNICEF USA Campus Representative and Co-President of Gators for UNICEF where she represented UF at the UNICEF National Conference in Washington, D.C. and organized global social awareness activities, fund-raising initiatives and service programs on campus. Gators for UNICEF has raised about US$1,000 annually for UNICEF global programs.
At age 10, Michelle began volunteering as a student teacher in her hometown tutoring out-of-school children. At present, she continues to serve as a Mentor, empowering and tutoring at-risk middle school students in Gainesville. She is also an ISSB speaker promoting Philippine culture among elementary students in Gainesville. While studying abroad, Michelle served as a volunteer English teacher providing grammar classes to at-risk migrant and Spanish young adults in Madrid. She is actively involved in numerous community service events such as Project Makeover, Stuff the Bus Service, Gator Plunge, Adopt-A-Road, Ronald McDonald House and Golden Key’s service programs.