May 9, 2012
The Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund
is pleased to announce six 2012 grant recipients: Courtney Balgobin ’15, Jeremy Blair ’13, Leora
Friedman ’14, Thomas Ledford ’13, Emmiliese von Clemm ’14, and Caresse Yan ’15. Four of the students will receive $1,000 from
the ’95 Summer Service Fund to support their summer community involvement
work. One student will receive $3,600
and another will receive $500.
Courtney Balgobin ’15, a freshman who intends to major in Molecular
Biology, will travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras to work at Unite for Sight. Unite for Sight brings eye care to the poor
in developing nations. While in
Honduras, Courtney will assist doctors with patient care and will also research
global health issues. Courtney is a
board member of the South Asian Students Association and, prior to attending
Princeton, was a member of the Nassau County, New York, Youth Board.
Jeremy Blair ’13, an Engineering major, will return to Ashaiman,
Ghana to assess the structural integrity of a community library he and other
members of Princeton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders constructed last
summer. Jeremy will also optimize a set
of over four dozen laptop computers that Engineers Without Borders donated to
the community library for educational use.
Jeremy has dedicated a significant amount of his extracurricular time at
Princeton to Engineers Without Borders.
He is also an Outdoor Action Leader.
Leora Friedman ’14, a sophomore from Maryland, will spend the
summer volunteering for Ashoka, a nonprofit organization that works to train
people to apply entrepreneurial skills to solve social problems, in Washington,
DC. Leora founded Music is Medicine, a
nonprofit organization that integrates music into the treatment of pediatric
patients. Leora will assist Ashoka in
developing its fellowship program and will also help produce youth events in
New York City. At the same time, Ashoka
staff will help Leora further develop Music is Medicine. Leora is a member of Koleinu, an a cappella
group at Princeton, and was the Tzedek (Charity) Co-Chair at Princeton’s Center
for Jewish Life.
Thomas Ledford ’13, a Near Eastern Studies major from Chicago,
Illinois, will spend the summer in Baku, Azerbaijan. In Baku, Thomas will volunteer for Ümid, a
social development organization, through which he will teach English to youth
displaced by conflict in Nagorno-Karabagh.
Thomas is the Editor-in-Chief of the Nassau
Weekly and teaches English to Latin American immigrants in Trenton.
Emmiliese von Clemm ’14, an intended Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology major from Palo Alto, California, will travel to Mexico City to work
for SalaUno, an organization that seeks to reduce blindness in Mexico by making
high-quality cataract surgery available to those in need. Emmiliese will help SalaUno evaluate its
work, and will also launch an outreach project to determine how SalaUno can
reach more patients. Emmiliese is the
Director of Skills Workshops and Keynote Speakers for the Princeton Social
Caresse Yan ’15, who hails from New Jersey, will spend the summer
in Moshi, Tanzania. In Tanzania, Caresse
will teach English and other skills at an orphanage. Caresse will also assist the orphanage in
administrative and fundraising work, along with day-to-day management of the
orphanage. At Princeton, Caresse is the
Associate Director of On-Campus Events for the Global China Connection. She also tutors math to inmates through the
Trenton Rescue Mission.
The 1995 Summer Service Fund is
sponsored by the Class of ’95, a 501(c)(3) organization. The Fund provides financial support to
Princeton undergraduates pursuing public or community service endeavors, in the
United States or abroad. Hundreds of
members of the Class of 1995 have contributed to the Fund since its inception
in 1995, when the Class became the youngest ever to create such a fund. The Class of 1969 has provided guidance and
financial support to the Fund. As of
2012, 49 undergrads have received awards since the Fund began supporting
students in the summer of 2000.
For further information about the Fund, or to assist or donate, please contact co-chairs Elyse Michaels Berger '95 and Matthew Draper '95 at ssf "AT" princeton95.org.