Ingram Scholarship Recipients Announced
This past Wednesday, the Vanderbilt Ingram Scholarship Program announced its newest class of incoming students. Created in 1994 by E. Bronson Ingram, Chairperson of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust from 1991 to 1995, the program encourages scholars to combine their professional career with a commitment to community service. The gift to endow the program is among the largest gifts in Vanderbilt’s history and the scholarship awards full-tuition support each year and a summer stipend for a service project.
The Class of 2015 Ingram Scholars is:
- Jordan Clark of White Bluff, Tennessee: Jordan specializes in working with Spanish-speaking individuals and communities and spent the last four summers in the Dominican Republic working with needy communities. He also serves as a translator for individuals and groups in his hometown. Jordan plans to major in Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Science.
- Morgan Evertz of Irvine, California: Morgan hopes to major in Medicine, Health & Society in the College of Arts and Science. She volunteers in her local community at a cancer center and created an organization called Helping Alopecia Areata Teens (HAATs). She also organized “Count Me In” at her local high school which encouraged her fellow students to join up with service organizations in the area.
- Daniel Feuer of Atlanta, Georgia: Daniel is the founder and CEO of Smoothie Kidz which provides care for patients undergoing chemotherapy. He also volunteers his time as a tutor in the local school community. Daniel plans to major in Economics through the College of Arts and Science.
- Julian Hinds of Conyers, Georgia: Julian serves as the current President of Teens in the Driver’s Seat which promotes safe driving habits. He is also a Community Service Committee member with the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) and through this role led a tutoring initiative for middle school students. He additionally volunteers time at a local elementary school. Julian will study Political Science in Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science.
- Alexandra Leddin of Fisherville, Kentucky: Planning to major in Medicine, Health & Society in the College of Arts and Science, Alexandra has experience as a translator and assistant for medical mission trips in Honduras. Additionally she is chairperson for a local backpack campaign which donated over 3,000 backpacks filled with $150,000+ worth of supplies to needy members of the Louisville community.
- Lynessa McGee of Mason, Ohio: Lynessa worked as a community volunteer in several key areas including in the local Boys and Girls Club of America and as a “Snack Pack” volunteer which packs meals for disadvantaged students to eat over the weekend. She also serves as a volunteer field trip coordinator in a local elementary school. Lynessa intends to study in the College of Arts and Science as a Biological Sciences major.
- Patrick McGee of Dallas, Texas: Patrick’s intended program of study is Economics and History through the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt. He is the Co-Chair of his high school’s community service board and leads 31 other students to plan and execute community service projects. He also volunteers in a local homeless shelter serving meals and participating in fundraising campaigns. Finally, he volunteers for the Trinity River Project which seeks to maintain a significant natural resource of Dallas.
- Nell Potter of New York, New York: Nell is a volunteer teacher at a Saturday school program in East Harlem; she additionally organized a service group to provide much needed tutoring in this school. Nell also serves as a mentor to a charter school for girls in the New York area. At Vanderbilt, Nell intends to major in Public Policy Studies through the College of Arts and Science.
- Jeffrey Scott of Salt Lake City, Utah: Jeffrey served as a host teen through the Ulster Peace Project which seeks to foster peace in Northern Ireland by bringing Protestant and Catholic Irish teens together. He is additionally the founder of the Apache Project which partners with a local Indian reservation to provide needed supplies to the reservation’s elementary school. Jeffrey is interested in majoring in Biomedical Engineering through the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
- Ryan Selvaggio of Marietta, Georgia: Ryan intends to study in the College of Arts and Science as a Biological Sciences major. In his community Ryan is a volunteer for FOCUS (Families of Children Under Stress) which provides babysitters for mentally challenged children. He is also a volunteer at Extension, a rehabilitation center for men suffering from substance abuse. Finally, he offers time on Habitat for Humanity projects in his area.
- Farrell Sheehan of Rockville, Maryland: Farrell is founder and leader of “Teen Ambassadors Against Health Disparities” which educates the public on barriers to health care due to language, culture, race, and socioeconomic status. He is also a volunteer at a local infant and maternity home that provides care to low-income families. He additionally tutors in his school community. Farrell plans to be a Medicine, Health & Society major in the College of Arts and Science.
- Alexis Simpson of Woodbridge, Virginia: Alexis will major in Human and Organizational Development in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. In her hometown, Alexis is president of a youth service organization which holds shoe and coat drives for the homeless, provides holiday meals to those in need, and promotes literacy in preschool. She is also founder of “It’s All About Me”, a mentor program for young girls.
- Kevin Wolf of Strongsville, Ohio: Kevin serves as a volunteer for the St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer’s Ministry which provides free services so those in need may have proper burials. Additionally, he Chairperson of the Student Climate Committee in his school and he also volunteered for handicapped adults as a part of a domestic mission trip. Kevin plans to major in Biomedical Engineering through the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
For more information on amazing Ingram Scholarship recipients, explore the Ingram Scholarship Program’s current scholars.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
– Albert Schweitzer