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By Paul Brucker
Alliant recently selected five members to receive $2,000 each in this year’s Members Scholarship Program. They were among nearly 200 applicants evaluated on their academic performance, community involvement, personal goals and what Alliant means to them.
Congratulations to the winners:
Hannah Bacon of Winchester, VA, is a third year pre-med student at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, majoring in biology. An executive board member of the university’s chapter of the Medical and Dental Global Brigades, she volunteered on the group’s visit to Honduras this year to provide medical care and information. She was selected trip leader for the group’s winter 2016 service visit to Nicaragua. While on campus, she volunteers as an emergency medical technician for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, participates in medical research fundraisers with her sorority and tutors elementary school kids.
“Volunteering as an emergency medical technician has sparked my interest in emergency medicine. I plan to attend medical school so that I may use my skills and training to help people who cannot afford proper medical care, both in the United States and abroad.”
Camille Carlton of Glendale, CA, is a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, majoring in international affairs with minors in business administration and social entrepreneurship. She has traveled extensively for her schoolwork and internships, including time in India, Indonesia and South Africa. In Mumbia, India, she served as operations analyst for Aakar Innovations, an enterprise that empowers Indian women to become distributors of affordable, 100% compostable sanitary napkins. Back in Boston, Camille volunteers as a writing coach of eighth graders, coordinates student exchange programs between the U.S. and other countries, and serves as a leader of the Student Enterprise Institute, a center that encourages students to purse socially-conscious business opportunities.
“For the last few years, I had been experiencing a kind of ‘existential angst.’ Then I honored and pursued my passion – to use the power of business to enact positive changes. Socially-conscious business is not just inspiring, but feasible. I look forward to building my own enterprise as way to implement beneficial social changes throughout the world.”
Colleen Closson of Summerville, SC, is a senior at Mercer University in Macon, GA, majoring in international affairs and Southern studies. She serves as lifeguard director at the university’s aquatic center and has earned a 3.85 GPA. As an intern for the local solicitor general, her research findings have led to convictions in DUI, burglary and domestic violence cases. And as an intern at a community health center in Cape Town, South Africa, she helped conduct health screenings and made presentations at senior centers on how to preserve one’s health during the aging process.
“After graduation, I want to spend a year with the Fulbright Program, teaching English in South Africa, or a couple of years in the Peace Corps as a health educator somewhere in the developing world. Then, I intend to go back to school and earn a law degree, as well as a master’s in public health so I can contribute to developing healthcare policy.”
Daniel Schulz of Elk Grove Village, IL, is a freshman at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, where he plans to study entrepreneurship and small business management. After achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, Daniel continued to help lead his troop and spearhead its activities to support Avenues to Independence, which provides group housing for disabled adults. He also has been instrumental in managing a food pantry since he first volunteered for it in sixth grade to fulfill a scouting badge requirement. Daniel is a classic car mechanic and plays the accordion and piano. He’s also a triplet (with two sisters).
“Where I shine is helping other people. I get the most satisfaction from my volunteer work at the food pantry. After graduating from college, I plan to establish my own estate sale company and help seniors transition from family homes to retirement homes.”
Riley Steindl of Salem, NY, is a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, where he plans to study electrical engineering and computer science. Riley took an abundance of AP courses in high school and graduated second in his class of 90, with a 99.1 GPA out of a possible 100. He has never been absent or tardy to school since kindergarten. In the morning, he fed the livestock on his family’s farm. In the evening, he worked at a fast food restaurant. Meanwhile, he found time to pole vault and run cross country on the track team, play alto sax in the band, sing in the varsity choir, consistently earn the highest score on the school’s Math League team, serve as a delegate to the American Legion Boy’s State and perform the leading role of Aladdin in a school play.
“I want to become an engineer. Engineers are great thinkers and problem solvers, whether it’s creating a more efficient way to harness solar energy or inventing a processor that revolutionizes the mobile computing industry. I want to apply my passions for mathematics and science to make a positive difference that benefits people.”