Throughout high school Alex Leddin was blessed with numerous volunteer opportunities that directly aligned with her skills and passions. In the fall of her sophomore year, she participated in a service project in the inner city of Atlanta. While on the trip, Alex worked at a center that catered to drug addicts, prostitutes, and the homeless, providing them food, shelter, and hope. Her role at the center allowed her to work with the children’s program, while gaining a new understanding of poverty and the need for quality healthcare.
The following summer, Alex went to Honduras where she worked in a traveling medical clinic that provided medical and dental care to people in rural parts of the country. This sparked an even greater interest in working with the poor, providing medical care, and advancing her Spanish speaking skills. She traveled to Honduras again after her junior and senior high school years and participated in subsequent medical clinics. Her three Honduras trips provided her a love for the Hispanic people and their beautiful language. Between trips to Honduras, Alex remained active in her local community. After each trip, her inspiration to volunteer grew leading her to mentor and tutor to elementary children and to chair a backpack and school campaign that raised thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies for children in the Louisville area.
Alex’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 Alex became involved in many activities centered on helping young children through her involvement in several charitable groups in Nashville. She has spent many hours at Susan Gray School. Each week she was amazed by the development in the kids and the way in which they are unaware of one another’s “disabilities.” Working at the preschool has further developed Alexandra’s abilities and allowed her to grow as a servant leader. Much of the rest of her time in service has been spent working with Nashville Mobile Market and Habitat for Humanity. Through both of these organizations she has been able to be involved directly in the growth of a non-profit organization.
Alex is honored to be involved in the Ingram Scholarship Program and is thrilled to see what is in store for her second year.