Raised in a small town in southwest Virginia, Bentley was given the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico and El Salvador for missionary work during high school. Through these trips she discovered her fascination with Latin American culture and the Spanish language. She decided to further her education at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. At Tech, she was active in many service-minded organizations, ranging from refugee resettlement to tutoring and ESL. She studied abroad her senior year in Quito, Ecuador where she lived with a host family and got first-hand experience with the spirited Ecuadorian culture. She found that her passions were a perfect fit for BECA, admiring the organization's commitment of selfless service to such a deserving group of children. She is humbled to be a member of the BECA team for the 2017-2018 year, and anxiously anticipate the life-changing experiences that it will bring.