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2016

Alex Bogdon - Class of 2016

Alex has a passion for community involvement and public service, and is honored to further these passions with the help of the Ingram family and Ingram Scholarship Program. Alex has a fascination with government and the opportunity it provides to serve people everyday. Inspired by both his parents, and mentors from Orlando City Government, Alex believes that effective and efficient government can not only improve a community, but also inspire and empower its citizens to do great things.

 

Leah Chisholm - Class of 2016

Throughout her first two years at Vanderbilt, Leah Chisholm has been involved in serving the various minority communities in the Nashville area. As she devoted and committed her time as a tutor and mentor to underprivileged youth and a volunteer interpreter for non-English speakers, she was exposed to both the educational and health disparities among different racial and ethnic backgrounds. She soon developed a desire to learn more about such inequalities so that she could be part of administering a change.

Bridget Claborn - Class of 2016

Throughout her freshman year at Vanderbilt, Bridget nurtured an interest in education reform that followed her from her high school years.  Early on, she volunteered as a tutor alongside several Ingram Scholar peers at various schools and organizations.  At the end of her first semester, she was asked to take on a leadership role with The Afterschool Program (TAP), a tutoring/mentoring program in North Nashville. 

Nick DeNuzzo - Class of 2016

  

Juan Felipe Diaz - Class of 2016

Throughout his first semester at Vanderbilt University, Juan Felipe explored a plethora of service organizations. He was involved in the building of houses for families in need with Habitat for Humanity and he cooked and visited ex offenders living at Dismas House. Additionally, he served as a Spanish tutor at Vanderbilt’s School for Science and Engineering and volunteered to pack food at the Second Harvest food bank. The highlight of his semester was becoming an official translator for Kiva, the world’s largest online micro finance company. His involvement with this organization improved his understanding on how micro financing can be an alternative to break the poverty cycle in developing countries.

Connor Henderson - Class of 2016

Connor’s sense of responsibility to his community traces back to his experiences growing up as a young gay man in the United States. As a young child, Connor lived a privileged life, having the resources he needed to live a “normal life.” As Connor grew up, though, he felt different, and soon Connor’s difference became clear to others as members of his community began to treat him differently. Unlike so many others, however, Connor had a supportive family to help him overcome the barriers gay men must overcome in the United States.

Eunice Jun - Class of 2016

Molded by her intense ballet training in childhood, dedication to journalism in high school, and exposure to computer science in high school, Eunice finds surprising mixtures of ideas and passions refreshing and exciting.

Her first two years in college Eunice involved herself in numerous mentorship activities, most notably Moneythink (financial literacy), Vanderbilt-Pakistan Connection (teaching English lessons to students in Pakistan via Skype), and Vanderbilt Visions/VUcept (support for first-year students).

Rachel King - Class of 2016

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachel developed her love for others at an early age. At 14 years old, she joined a team of visionaries as a founding member of The Center for Family Solutions, a nonprofit that provides support services for victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. A survivor herself, Rachel had the chance to testify before the Ohio House of Representatives proposing a bill to increase penalties for offenders.

Marijke Kylstra - Class of 2016

Marijke is passionate about using service to address issues of inequality and to empower individuals and communities. She is particularly interested in working with issues concerning the needs of diverse populations, the environment, social justice, and sustainable development.

Deya Maldas - Class of 2016

Deya’s drive to serve stemmed from her biyearly visits to her dad’s village in rural India and the realization of her educational privilege. After the acknowledgement of her privilege, she began to ask herself why she received such an advantage. She came to the conclusion that her life of opportunity is one hundred percent attributed to chance. Because of the accidental academic advantage that she has, she wants to serve and create this privilege for others. In order to do this, Deya strives to use her educational privilege to engage in leadership that enables others to be successful in their fieldwork.

Forest Ogunyankin - Class of 2016

Forest entered Vanderbilt University and the Ingram Scholarship Program eager to engage his passions for healthcare, refugees and youth development. Drawing on his high school leadership experiences with the YMCA, and social entrepreneurial experiences from Operation 5, and organization he founded under the YMCA’s umbrella to support impoverished children in the Republic of Georgia, Forest believed that improved healthcare and education could contribute significantly to breaking the cycle of childhood poverty. 

Caylyn Perry - Class of 2016

During high school, Caylyn realized how easy it was for individuals who were once stable to become in dire need of help. She saw it in her own life, but also in the lives of others hit hard by the economic crisis of 2008. For those who never considered a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen, these resources quickly became their only options as their financial situations and the job market continued to get worse. Inspired by the generosity of her community to help their fellow neighbors and friends was overwhelming Caylyn embraced service in her own life upon reaching college.

Morgan Pinkleton - Class of 2016

Morgan grew up under the constant influence of her parents to give anything and everything she could to people in need. This began as early as elementary school by helping peers in class, but expanded to include a wide variety of service by the time she was in high school.

Emily Sauder - Class of 2016

Emily’s service journey began with an experience of empathy – writing and performing a short drama designed to express the difficulties of those living in less fortunate circumstances. In her first year at Vanderbilt, she tried to continue understanding and acting on this empathy, especially by engaging in tutoring local youth and teaching English over Skype to high school-aged students in Pakistan through an organization called Vanderbilt-Pakistan Connection (VanPak).

Erin Verbeck - Class of 2016

Erin explored a variety of service opportunities in high school, from walking and training dogs at the local humane society to managing a city-wide fundraiser, “Have a Heart, Give a Heart,” to support the American Heart Association. Though she gained valuable skills from her service (she did not know what patience was until she had to teach a dog how to “heel”) and a deeper understanding of how to serve her community, Erin did not feel drawn to any specific cause. When she arrived to Vanderbilt, she found her service passions by figuratively – and literally – looking within herself.

Michael Zuch - Class of 2016

Born in Vienna, Austria, Michael was raised in a multi-cultural community that was marked by his international friend group, his involvement in music and the arts, and his assisting of his mother’s nonprofit to help victims of forced prostitution.

2015

Catherine Brown - Class of 2015

Gandhi once said, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their missions can alter the course of history.”  Catherine takes this quote to heart and truly believes that a group of people engaged in small acts of meaningful service can affect lasting change in a community. 

Emma Catlett - Class of 2015

Not yet in the Ingram Scholarship Program, Emma came to Vanderbilt eager to learn about refugees in Nashville and the organizations serving them. She began volunteering as an administrative assistant and occasional interpreter at Siloam Family Health Center, a health center for the uninsured in Nashville. She also began tutoring through Nations Academy, a program that gives academic and personal support to 20 middle school students, all children of refugees. Emma spent many hours a week at both Nations Academy and Siloam Family Health Center, learning about the challenges and strengths of refugees. She became increasingly involved in Nations Ministry Center, serving in the offices and taking a leadership role in the tutoring program and recruiting volunteers. Emma was accepted to the Ingram Scholarship Program in the spring of her freshman year.

Jordan Clark - Class of 2015

During his 3 years at Vanderbilt, Jordan Clark has volunteered in the Nashville community in a variety of capacities that include serving as an English language instructor, tutoring through a Spanish service-learning class, organizing an after-school enrichment program, and most recently, coordinating a community-based health research project and advocating for inclusive immigration reform. 

Joshua Everett - Class of 2015

“I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being, first and foremost, and as such I'm for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”  Joshua Everett tries to live by this utterance of the revolutionary Malcolm X. From a young age, he's been interested in social justice. Coming from an area that's seen marches, church bombings, and Klan violence, Everett has always been fascinated with the process of social change. While that interest budded here and there in his early life, it was cultivated on Vanderbilt's campus.

Morgan Evertz - Class of 2015

Throughout her life, Morgan has always been involved in a variety of activities. Though she has been serving her community from a young age, her true passion for service was sparked through a personal experience. Through a series of unexpected events, Morgan was diagnosed a severe autoimmune disease. Rather than letting this overcome her, she used her experience to create a nonprofit organization to reach out to others who were experiencing this disease as well. Morgan was also very involved at her local hospital. As Vice President of the Hoag Hospital Auxiliary Board of Volunteers her junior year, and Director of the Cancer Center Volunteers her senior year, Morgan was responsible for managing and organizing the operation of the Junior Auxiliary Program. Morgan truly values her experience, seeing people that were facing death in the near future remain happy and positive was an extremely humbling experience.

Daniel Feuer - Class of 2015

Daniel’s freshman year at Vanderbilt was spent getting adjusted to the nuances of College life. As he explored many areas of study including medicine, economics and the arts his passions for business and medicine began to solidify.

Julian Hinds - Class of 2015

When asked what mark he wanted to leave on Vanderbilt when he graduates Julian replied, “I have no interest in leaving my mark on Vanderbilt.” Instead of looking to leave a mark, Julian set goals of building meaningful, reciprocal relationships with his peers and finding ways to merge his career and service interests. The Ingram Scholarship Program has played a key role in fostering the execution of these goals.

Alex Leddin - Class of 2015

Alexandra’s passion for working with children began in high school and has continued to grow during her time in the Ingram Scholarship Program. Over the course of her first year at Vanderbilt University Alexandra became involved in many activities centered on helping young children through her involvement in several charitable groups in Nashville. She spent much of her time at Susan Gray School and working with Nashville Mobile Market (NMM) and Habitat for Humanity. In all of these organizations, Alexandra was given the opportunity to help grow an organization and better understand the workings of non-profits.

Andrew Legan - Class of 2015

Andrew is interested in the reconciliation of environmental justice and social justice. He is motivated by the possibility of using his position in research to support biological conservation and to serve as an advocate for marginalized communities—low-wage agricultural workers in particular.

Will McCollum - Class of 2015

Will began his service-learning career at Vanderbilt by applying for and being selected as the service commissioner in his dorm on the Commons. Through this position he became engaged in developing an educational program at Carter Lawrence Elementary School in the nearby Edgehill neighborhood. He recruited over forty students in his dorm to assist with science demonstrations at the school on a weekly basis. 

Patrick McGee - Class of 2015

After his freshman year, Patrick spent the summer in Brussels as an intern for The EastWest Institute, a not-for-profit “think and do” tank. His work mainly focused on the planning of the 9th Worldwide Security Conference: Reshaping Economic Security in Southwest Asia and the Middle East.

Ryan McKenney - Class of 2015

A lifelong volunteer thanks to his mother’s passion for volunteering in Memphis nursing homes and schools, Ryan has always been conscious of the need to serve his community. He got his start volunteering with United Cerebral Palsy, De La Salle Elementary School, and Ave Maria Nursing home throughout grade school and high school, and learned that service is never a chore, but rather an imperative and characteristic part of a life led by compassion and empathy. Ryan came to Vanderbilt with the hope of continuing his service to children, to those with disabilities, and to the elderly.

Mac Muir - Class of 2015

Mac has worked with Will McCollum on hunger issues in the Nashville area. His freshman year, he hosted a food drive to collect 1,600 pounds of food donated by Vanderbilt Students.

Nell Potter - Class of 2015

Building on her experiences from high school, much of Nell’s freshman year was spent working with education nonprofits, and though she has explored volunteering in other realms, she always finds herself returning to schools. Nell has volunteered at The Martha O’Bryan Center and Fannie Battle in East Nashville for much of the past three years.

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