Ryan Kincaid ’11 was recently accepted as an official applicant for the Students in Service Awards for her work with the Building Bridges after school program, which seeks to bring together members of the HWS campus and Geneva youth.
Washington Campus Compact, a union of college and university professors dedicated to furthering civic engagement in colleges across the country, has created the Students in Service Awards (SISA) to reward students who have shown exemplary volunteerism and have positively impacted their community through service. The awards aim to both recognize the hard work of these student leaders and to reach out to members of these communities for support.
Students who applied for the scholarship are featured on the SISA website, where supporters can vote for their favorite applicant. Votes will play a part in the selection process, as a combination of fan votes and the consideration of a board of community service leaders will determine the finalists.
This semester, activities of the Building Bridges program have included field trips to the animal shelter, nearby farms and the water treatment plant. Students have also participated in a creek clean up during which participants learned how to reuse materials in creative and environmentally friendly ways.
“The Building Bridges program seeks to provide students with a sense of place by getting them out into the community and helps them discover interests and talents they might not have known they had,” says Kincaid.
Be sure to vote for Kincaid, and show support for the hard work she has done for the Colleges and Geneva at http://www.serviceawards.org/applicant/190/Ryan_Kincaid.aspx.
The SISA will provide scholarships and grants totaling $25, 000, recognizing the work of three students. Each student who receives an award will receive a $5,000 scholarship, a $2,500 grant for the service-learning center at that student’s university that is to be used to support the center’s civic engagement programs, and another $2,500 grant for the non-profit organization that sponsored the winning service project.
In the photo above, Kincaid works with students at Geneva Middle School.