Massachusetts native receives scholarship to work this summer with “Labor of Love” aiding needy communities.
June 13, 2002GENEVA, N.Y.—Kerry J. Sullivan, a William Smith sophomore from Haydenville, Mass., was awarded a scholarship from The Bowman Award for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Hobart and William Smith Colleges to participate in an internship for the non-profit organization Labor of Love. Sullivan is one of two students this year to utilize the fund that was established by Hobart alumnus Harry Bowman, of Lake Forest, Ill.
With funding from the Bowman award, Sullivan will work this summer for Labor of Love, based in North Carolina. Labor of Love organizes groups of people to travel around the country and help needy communities affected by disaster. Sullivan hopes this experience will allow her to travel to different parts of the country and to touch lives.
“The whole idea behind Labor of Love is civic engagement. It is about helping communities rebuild themselves by entwining them with a group of people who are ready and willing to help,” Sullivan said. “I am so pleased to be able to make a difference in communities that need help.”
In addition to her academic work, Sullivan is an America Reads tutor, a volunteer for the American Red Cross, and has worked as an assistant teacher at the Myriam Boyd Elementary School in Warrenton, N.C., and at the Lakefront Children’s Center in Geneva, N.Y.
During the Colleges' most recent capital campaign, Bowman initiated the fund to assist students who are interested in internships. Bowman's desire is to help the Colleges become foremost among liberal arts institutions by giving students a chance for real-life work experiences.
Brandi Baran, career services coordinator at Hobart and William Smith, said the need for such programs is growing as the job market tightens. “The Bowman Award helps ensure the success of our graduates. By supplementing classroom education with internship experience, students gain a practical understanding of the demands and rewards of future careers,” Baran said.
Bowman, who has held a number of corporate executive positions, was most recently CEO and president of the Stiffel Company. Prior to that he served as chairman and CEO of the Outboard Marine Corporation, and was a top executive with Whirlpool Corporation. Bowman is a 1965 graduate of Hobart College and a long-time supporter of Hobart and William Smith.