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FINALIST: ANDRE BICALHO CECCOTTI

Andre is a junior from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, studying Economics.

Ceccotti is co-chair and case manager of the Community Empowerment Fund, in which he co-founded a free legal clinic in partnership with NC Legal Aid. The clinic provides services to find permanent housing and employment, receive government benefits, and access healthcare for individuals who are homeless and unemployed in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. He is a student justice at UNC’s Supreme Court; counsel and managing associate at UNC’s Honor System; and, a director in the Morehead-Cain Scholarship Fund Board.

Ceccotti is interested in public interest law to apply the best strategies for the economic empowerment of racial minorities and has earned tax certification from the IRS and the Benefit Bank, which he has used to file taxes for low-income families.

He plans to attend law school and become a federal judge or attorney when he returns to Brazil.


FINALIST: RUBI FRANCO QUIROZ

Rubi is a junior from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, studying Communications Studies, French and Hispanic Studies (double minor)

Quiroz serves in multiple roles for several organizations such as the co-director for NC Sli; the finance committee of Carolina for the Kids Foundation; the recruitment committee for the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity; scholarship ambassador for the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid; an Honors Carolina Student; a member of the Latinx Unity Council and Carolina Hispanic Association Body; an executive board member of One State On Rate Campaign; and, a Buckley Public Service Scholar.

Her passion for service stems from a strong motivation to increase access to medical services for at-risk and marginalized communities. Quiroz plans to support individuals from these communities through intensive care treatments on a one-on-one level via a future graduate degree in Social Work.


FINALIST: TRINITY JOHNSON

Trinity is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina studying Psychology.

A junior from Charlotte, NC, Johnson serves as the Chaplain and the Save our Sisterhood Committee chairwoman to the Kappa Omicron Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., peer coach for UNC’s Bounce Back Retention Program; co-charter of Pinky Promise Women’s Ministry; member of Black Student Movement; UNC Chapter Psi Chi; National Honor Society; Minority Student Recruitment Committee; ACE Legacy Leader; and, recipient of the Harvey B. Renwick academic achievement award.

Driven by her passion for psychology and issues of childhood poverty Johnson volunteers with at-risk youth to establish the importance of continuing education and maintaining optimal mental health to achieve success. Johnson plans to pursue a Ph.D. in pediatric and counseling psychology.