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Current Scholars

Alex Bogdon

Class of: 2016
Hometown: Orlando, FL
School: College of Arts and Science
Major(s): Political Science, History

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.

Alex's experiences as a volunteer at Orlando City Hall fueled his desire to work in government and inspired him to create a youth civics education program for middle and high school students from disadvantaged communities. During his senior year of high school he conceptualized, organized and implemented the program "Give Kids the Key - Orlando," bringing 37 students to City Hall to learn about the roles of the mayor and council members, and explore various City departments. During the one-day event, students participated in engaging, hands-on activities including mock-city council meetings, community service brainstorming, designing a city park and touring City Hall. Alex encouraged students to become involved in service and become leaders in their own neighborhoods.

In his first year at Vanderbilt Alex volunteered with the City of Nashville’s “Metro @ 50 Celebration,” commemorating 50 years since the consolidation of Nashville City and Davidson County government. Working with members of Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s administration and John Seigenthaler of the First Amendment Center, Alex helped to host town hall meetings to discuss the impact of consolidated government on different aspects of city life.

Together with fellow Vanderbilt students and Ingram Scholars, Alex tutored high school students in ACT prep and mentored them as they go through the college application process. The goal of this program was to set up a sustainable program via Nashville’s Oasis Center and their College Connection Program where high school students can gain assistance on a regular basis.

In the summer of 2013 Alex served as an intern for Florida Senator Bill Nelson in the Orlando headquarters. Alex assisted Florida constituents in solving various issues with the Federal Government, from immigration to healthcare to military issues. Alex also conducted grant research and consulted for organizations and municipalities seeking Federal funding for their projects. From this experience Alex learned that legislation is not the only way Senators serve their state, and was inspired by the dedication of congressional staff to serving their constituents.