Rachel is delighted to be a part of the Ingram Scholarship Program at Vanderbilt. She became involved in her high school as a Freshmen Mentor and then as a B.A.L.T.O. Candidate for the charitable fundraiser Bring A Light To Others, or B.A.L.T.O. Week. Her junior year she individually raised over $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, and then went on to become one of two Co-Chairmen to plan the 2009 event. As Chairman her senior year, B.A.L.T.O. week raised $193,224 for the Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation.
She also worked as National Honor Society President to organize student service projects as well as planning various charitable drives for Student Council. Outside of school she volunteered at the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital and as a Confirmation Facilitator at her church, where she also worked as a Metro Missionaries volunteer and participated in sponsoring a Peru family via the Family-to-Family program. Her senior year she also served on her city’s Social Agency Review Commission to oversee city funds allocated to local non-profits, and has been invited to serve as a youth member on the Oklahoma Brain Tumor Foundation board.
Rachel was excited to find new volunteer opportunities at Vanderbilt, and is very honored to be an Ingram Scholar.Her first year she enjoyed getting involved in several tutoring programs, and with the help of two older scholars and her classmate Elin Bunch has enjoyed teaching an ELL class for adults through Manna Project.