2018 in Review
Looking back on 2018, I am awestruck by the impact Scholars in Action has had on our community. In April, with just an identified need and some semblance of a plan, we laid the groundwork for this initiative. Eight short months later, our progress consistently astounds me.
Among the first solidified pieces of the Scholars in Action framework was our initiative’s core belief: by bettering the world around you, you better your education and yourself. As we grow, our progress is guided by these grounding words.
Today, Scholars in Action is comprised of four executive board members and representatives from eleven of the twelve College Park Scholars programs. Under the guidance of our Central Staff supervisor, Ben Parks, this team of fifteen leaders has mobilized students across years, majors, and College Park Scholars programs to donate their time in a variety of community action-based service projects.
In October, we kicked off Scholars in Action by staffing volunteers at the 9th annual College Park Day at the College Park Aviation Museum. Following this event, in partnership with the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Scholars gave their time to learn about rights with regard to the U.S. Census and design methods to reach historically underrepresented groups. Passionate and civically engaged Scholars volunteered with the TerpsVote Coalition’s Get Out the Vote efforts leading up to this November’s Midterm Elections. Most recently, in joint effort with RecWell Club Sports, Scholars in Action collected and donated nearly $300 worth of canned goods to College Park Meals on Wheels. Throughout all of this work, the College Park community has sung the praises of Scholars in Action, thanking us for our engagement and willingness to lend a hand.
The consistent support of campus and community entities drives our progress. With many thanks to the Do Good Institute’s generosity, we are among the recipients of one of the Fall 2018 Mini Grants. This financial support will drive our outreach and service work throughout the coming year. Additionally, we are honored to receive the Office of Community Engagement’s 2018 Making a Difference Award for student organizations.
The progress we have seen this year ratifies the effectiveness of our model, and with no plans of slowing down, I look forward to seeing how Scholars in Action can grow in efforts to better our students, the University, and the greater community.
Thank you all for your support. We are excited to see what 2019 has in store.
Wishing you all a safe and joyful holiday,
Maggie Fritz, Coordinator