Emily’s passion for volunteerism and community outreach was sparked within the first few weeks of high school as she became involved in the oldest and largest international service organization for high school students—Key Club. It was through her experiences in Key Club that volunteerism became a critical part of her role as a high school student and—furthermore—as a citizen.
Emily spent much time working with underprivileged elementary- and middle school-aged students at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House: a Christian institution organized to promote the spiritual and academic development of inner-city youths. Here she discovered an appreciation for serving young children. Through Key Club, she became involved in promoting Project EliMiNaTe: Kiwanis working with Unicef to raise $110 million by 2015 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the earth. Being located in the city of Louisville, she also found ample opportunities to serve the inner-city homeless through Lost Sheep Ministries: an organization that extends basic needs items to people who need them, provided they stay for a meal and a Christian worship service. This experience was important to Emily because it offered an outlet to live out her faith.
Emily is thrilled to be a scholar in the Ingram Scholarship Program and cannot wait to engage in projects throughout Nashville and wherever her passions lead her. She is particularly excited to explore ways in which her major of economics could be implemented in her service projects.