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Tyler Severance

Class of: 2011
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
School: School of Engineering
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering

During his high school career, Tyler began his service work with a wide variety of activities. As Senior Class President, he was responsible for organizing different projects focused on fundraising and children's education. He also spent several years volunteering in different branches of a local hospital.

At the conclusion of high school, Tyler launched a local school supply drive to gather supplies for schools in Honduras. Later during the summer, Tyler took a month long trip to Honduras. While there, he spent half of his time teaching English and volunteering at a day care and orphanage. For the second half of the trip, he traveled with a medical group and spent time translating while the team visited different regions of the country providing free health clinics for rural areas.

At Vanderbilt, Tyler has continued to focus his service efforts on projects involving education, health, and Spanish. He took another trip to Central America when he visited Nicaragua with a group called Manna Project International. Most recently, he has just concluded organizing and administering a Spanish summer camp for elementary school children. The camp was a two week fundraiser in his hometown which gave local youth a chance to experience the Spanish language in a fun and positive environment. At the conclusion of the camp, Tyler was able to donate all the proceeds to Manna Project in order to support a child sponsorship program in Nicaragua. The final donation reached over $3,300!

For his future plans, Tyler hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in a health related field.

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Key Dates

  • December 1, 2017
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (High School Seniors) applications and letters of recommendation due.

  • TBD 2018
  • Ingram Scholarship Program (Current Vanderbilt First-Year & Sophomore Students) applications and letters of recommendation due.