URI scholarship winner meets her benefactor
KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 20, 2000 -- When one Portuguese woman meets
another, it's a custom to present her with flowers. And that's just what
URI student Melissa Paiva did when she met Mary Braga this October at the
College of Arts and Sciences donor/recipient luncheon held at URI President
Robert L. Carother's house.
Paiva is the first recipient of the Mary Braga Scholarship Endowment.
A senior majoring in psychology, Paiva hopes to go on to earn a joint Ph.D.
and law degree and become a forensic psychologist. There are many avenues
for forensic psychologists to pursue including being an expert witness,
ascertaining if someone is criminally insane, determining if someone is
competent to stand trail, effecting policy and law, or pursuing research.
Paiva commutes to URI's Kingston campus each day from Coventry.
She also works at a group home for adults with mental disabilities. Yet
the honor student still finds time to serve as a peer tutor.
"I think I got a winner," says pleased Braga of Warwick.
"She's a lovely young lady."
Braga established the scholarship for a female undergraduate of Portuguese
descent who chose a major in the College of Arts and Sciences shortly after
earning her Ph.D. in English literature from URI in 1995. She was 83 at
the time, giving her the distinction of being the University's oldest grad.
Braga began her undergraduate studies at age 69 after a career in the
Rhode Island Department of Labor. Her studying isn't done. This fall, Braga
who is now 87, began earning credits toward an undergraduate degree in history
"She's a very inspiring woman," says Paiva of her benefactor.
"She never gives up learning."
For Information: Jan Sawyer, 874-2116