2017 Richard J. Wood Student Award Nominees
- Jeremy Baker, Ivy Tech Community College – Wabash Valley. When Jeremy took part in the Point in Time Homeless count last year, his experience helped him to learn, firsthand, some of the needs of his homeless neighbors in Vigo County. Jeremy wanted to help meet that need, so he researched the community resources and created a flier, which is still being widely distributed, that identified everything from shelters, soup kitchens and transportation to child care, housing and medical treatment.
- Trevor Boram, Indiana University East. A science and math student who has been a math tutor, a science fair judge, and physics mentor for middle school-aged girls, Trevor saw each opportunity as not only a way to help his community in his current role as a student, but to help him put down roots in Richmond to become a servant leader in residence.
- Alexis Doyle, University of Notre Dame. A medical student who has spent the last four years weaving together her academic learning and her commitment to communities, Alexis has a clear calling to be a doctor who works outside the exam room.
- Lydia Godsil, Marian University. A Secondary Education English student, who describes her work at the Unleavened Bread Café writing workshop through The Writing Center at Marian as, “a cultivation of relationships that are wholly committed to the success of the community.” One of the support letters for Lydia’s application said, “Lydia gives, not only without complaint, but with joy, whether it be putting in weekend hours to work on the anthology…or to buy books for the lending library.” Her kindness and compassion will make her the best kind of teacher – one who cares deeply about each one of her students.
- Aiyana Koon, Indiana State University. An M.A. candidate in Communication, her passion for children, animals, and the earth led her to service projects benefiting those who aren’t in a position to take care of themselves. Aiyana has reached outside of her comfort zone to go above and beyond in her service. She jumps into hard work and is able to encourage and support others who are doing the same.
- I-Fan Lin, Purdue University. If there has ever been a more prolific student volunteer, he or she should meet I-Fan and exchange stories for a few weeks. I-Fan participated in projects as diverse as cooking and distributing meals to his homeless neighbors, handing out recycling bags at Purdue football games, cleaning yards and parks, providing disaster relief in Florida, and volunteering for the Special Olympics’ Polar Plunge. That’s just a short list of the many projects I-Fan took on all the while learning to adjust to life in America as an international student.
- Alexa Ross, Taylor University. An elementary education student, Alexa is a real life example of a student whose life was changed by being involved in service. Her first semester as a biochemistry major was tough and Alexa considered transferring to another school, but a classmate introduced her to a program for k-12 students called, interestingly enough, RealLife which needed volunteers. To say she dove right in is an understatement; by the end of the semester, she said, “I was so moved by the families and the children [in the program] that I knew I had to dedicate my life to working with children.” Since then, she has become the director of RealLife and oversaw the fundraising, design, and implementation of a park for program. Life changing indeed!