Gaby Reyes is passionate about giving a voice to those in underrepresented communities. The advertising and communication studies double major served as a multicultural organizations senator for the UGA Student Government Association (SGA). By giving voice to other students, she found hers—something that would not have been possible without scholarships.
The Johns Creek High School graduate had her eyes set on UGA, but she knew it would take more than HOPE to make it possible. She was thrilled when she found out that she was the recipient of the Goizueta Foundation Opportunity Scholarship, which is awarded to students who are fluent in Spanish and demonstrate financial need.
“I saw that UGA has the No. 2 journalism school in the country. It came down to a decision between UGA and another school, the difference maker was finances,” Gaby said. “When I got an email from UGA saying that I received the Goizueta Foundation Scholarship, I told myself ‘wow, this might actually be possible.’”
When Gaby arrived on campus, she immediately got involved with SGA, and eventually ran for vice president. Though she did not win, the experience proved invaluable.
“We talked about topics ranging from student fees to mental health and diversity on campus,” Gaby said. “I was scared out of my mind beforehand, but when I got up there, I was so passionate about the things that I was saying that it just came out so naturally.”
In addition to SGA, she has been involved in Road Dawgs, an organization that visits high schools in underserved communities in Metro Atlanta, Laurens County and Twiggs County to meet and mingle with prospective students and encourage them to apply to UGA. She is an ambassador for the Office of Admissions’ Goizueta Ambassador Program, giving tours to middle school students who visit UGA’s campus, and vice president of the Hispanic Student Association. Gaby has also served as the social media chair for The Chapel Bell: A Positive Press Publication at UGA.