Journalism senior Jorge Encinas, an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq, has been selected as the recipient of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Perseverance Award for fall 2015.
He will be recognized at convocation on Saturday, Dec. 19. The award recognizes a graduating senior who has persevered in the face of significant adversity.
"It means a lot," said Encinas, 33. "I am honored to be recognized by the professors at the School of Journalism who nominated me and SBS for selecting me.
"I am sure there were a lot of equally hard-working students who have had to overcome challenges to achieve their goals as well," he added. "It is an honor to be counted among them."
Encinas, who was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, served both his tours in Northern Iraq, first in 2006-07 and then 2009-10.
"Jorge added so much to my journalism ethics class with his thoughtful comments and insightful papers," said UA journalism professor Linda Lumsden, who nominated Encinas for the honor. "He's very smart, diligent and modest."
After receiving his bachelor's degree this month, Encinas plans to finish his master's in journalism by next winter in the school's Accelerated Master's Program.
"Ultimately, my goal is to get a job in print journalism doing international reporting or science writing," Encinas said. "I believe both offer provide a continuing opportunity to serve the public and protect freedom."