Meet This Year’s Principal Community Scholars

Twenty-five college students from Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin have been selected for the 2018 class of the Principal Community Scholars Program.

This year’s scholars proposed projects designed to engage their peers and their institutions. These projects tap into a variety of skills that can be offered by college students and will impact causes ranging from education to environmental sustainability.

Learn more about each of their projects

Sumayo Saed, ’19 – Augsburg University, Minnesota

This scholar will involve convening informal dialogues with Muslim student groups and Christian neighbours for relationship building and education about Islam.

 

Jacob Jensen – Buena Vista University, Iowa

This scholar will conduct presentations and seminars about the importance of personal finance and financial planning for high school students.

 

Tirzah Gaul – Coe College, Iowa

This scholar is creating a student led program for first-generation college students will allow them to talk about the advantages and disadvantages, learn from students and faculty, and let them know that they are not alone, while approaching first-generation status through a positive lens.

 

Briana Gipson – Coe College, Iowa

This scholar will provide an opportunity for women of color at Coe College to use their agency to increase their financial well-being through financial education relevant to their lived experiences.

 

Constance Schlitter – Coe College, Iowa

This scholar is focusing on assisting immigrant adult students to understand and grow job skills that are necessary in the workforce.

 

 

Jazlin Coley – Drake University, Iowa

This scholar is developing a Neighborhood Walking Tour to inform Drake students of the numerous opportunities available to them.

 

Maddy Stokes – Drake University, Iowa

This scholar will enhance tools and processes for tracking community engagement and specific community partnerships held across the institution.

 

 

Yesenia Ayala – Grinnell College, Iowa

This scholar will work on a publication of a culturally competent mentoring/college access curriculum that will assist students of color in rural Iowa.

 

 

Kayla Estes – Grinnell College, Iowa

This scholar will work on the frame-work of an endowment campaign focused on supporting higher wages for day-care workers by developing a campaign and connecting with donors as part of a three-year sustainable process.

 

Emily Hammer –  Iowa State University

This scholar will work on a professional development workshop for local high school students.

 

Alyssa Nehring – Morningside College, Iowa

This scholar will support Hope Ministries’ Winter BBQ fundraiser. Hope Ministries is a non-profit Christian organization that provides medical care and supplies, provides educational and spiritual support to the people of Tanzania, Africa.

Sarah Sadler – Morningside College, Iowa

This scholar will be working on an initiative called “Revived”, which is focused on selling handmade crafts, t-shirts, scarves, mugs, coffee, etc. from Haiti and Ghana.

 

 

Emily Gurilinger –  Mount Mary University, Wisconsin

This scholar will reduce food insecurity and food waste at Mount Mary University by starting a food share refrigerator.

 

 

Kapono Asuncion – St. Catherine University, Minnesota

This scholar will organize a clothing drive to meet the needs of transgender students in the St. Paul Area.

 

 

Dharma Lemoine Tennat – St. Catherine University, Minnesota

This scholar will focus on food insecurity and healthy initiatives on campus at an affordable price.

Erin Nelsen – St. Catherine University, Minnesota

This scholar will focus on building and leading toget[her], an effort to connect with nonpartisan political inclusion efforts through community non-profits. In order to create more accessible opportunities for young women.

Taylor Rudie – St. Norbert College, Wisconsin

This scholar will create a neighborhood vitality index to assess neighborhood change in our region. Specifically, explore which neighborhoods have been growing and declining, and why.

 

Madison Behney – Simpson College, Iowa

This scholar will work with Meals From the Heartland and Indianola community in order to help make a yearly food packaging event more impactful.

Baillee Furst – Simpson College, Iowa

This scholar will be holding fundraiser for either Kiya Koda Humane Society or the Second Change Dog Rescue.

 

 

 

Kelby Kies – Simpson College, Iowa

This scholar will work with students from Simpson College to team up with students at an elementary school to learn the scientific method, participate in fundraising science fair, and how it is used in everyday life.

Sharla Boyer – South Central College, Minnesota

This scholar will work on “Morning Mentor Match-up” and “Learning Lunch” which will work to empower people of all ages to commit to one another by connecting them with role models.

Marisa Winters – Southwest Minnesota State University

This scholar will complete, implement, and train personal on an accounting database for Prairie Home Hospice.

 

 

 

Rachel Mortvedt – University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

This scholar will lead a student group called the “Citizen Student Movement which seeks to empower students to become citizen professional who will make change in their communities.

Ogochukwu Akamelu – University of Wisconsin-Madison

This scholar will work on developing a tutoring partnership between UW-Madison, existing early childhood community organizations, and the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) to address the racial and economic achievement gap.

Linda Deeth – Western Technical College, Wisconsin

This scholar will increase student awareness of the Cavalier Cupboard, campus food pantry.