2009 Summer Service Fund Winners
Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund Announces 2009 Winners
May 18, 2009
The Class of 1995 Summer Service Fund is pleased to announce five 2009 winners: Mohit Agrawal, Raven Keith, Jeffrey King, Meghan McNulty, and Rosa Mendoza. Each student will receive $1,000 from the ’95 Summer Service Fund to support their summer community involvement work.
Mohit Agrawal, a sophomore Mathematics Major from West Lafayette, Indiana, will travel to Accra, Ghana, as part of Princeton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. There, Mohit and other members of his team will construct a library. The Engineers Without Borders Ghana School Library Initiative seeks to build one library per year for schools in Ghana. Mohit was a Co-Chair of the Bulter College Council and is a member of the Princeton Debate Panel.
Raven Keith, a freshman from Creve Coeur, Missouri, who intends to major in Politics, will return to Spoede Elementary School, which she attended years ago. At Spoede Raven will create and execute an intensive summer curriculum for students entering first grade who have been identified as benefitting from special attention. Raven is Vice President of the Princeton Association of Black Women and tutors students at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton.
Jeffrey King, a junior from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who is majoring in Chemistry, will travel to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, to teach Chinese to Tanzanian woodcarvers. Knowledge of Chinese will benefit the woodcarvers because many of their customers are Chinese. Jeffrey taught English and Chinese in Tanzania in the summer of 2008. Jeffrey expects to earn a certificate from Princeton’s Teacher Preparation Program.
Meghan McNulty, a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Major from New Milford, New Jersey, will travel to the Kono District of Sierra Leone to evaluate potential projects at a health clinic on behalf of Princeton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Dr. Dan Kelley ’03 is a physician at that clinic, which focuses on care of amputated civilians. Meghan is Vice President of Princeton’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders and is a member of the Princeton Women’s Lightweight Varsity Crew.
Rosa Mendoza, a graduating senior who majored in Molecular Biology, will travel to El Salvador to work with Libras de Amor (Pounds of Love), a nutrition program that aims to reduce the high rates of child malnutrition in rural El Salvador. Rosa will work with healthcare workers to educate mothers and children regarding nutrition and hygiene, among other activities. Rosa moved to the United States from El Salvador when she was nine years old. Rosa plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2010.
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 2009, thirty five undergrads have received awards since the Fund began supporting students in the summer of 2000.
The winners were chosen from many qualified candidates by the ’95 Summer Service Fund’s Selection Team: Dan Marcus (Selection Captain), Micha Burch, Kim Digilio Sladkin, Gwen Jones Sheridan, Rahsaan Harris, Elyse Michaels Berger, Rebecca Muraview, Shaifali Puri, Justine Sass, Tom Seidenstein, and Lauren Sager Weinstein. The class also recognizes the efforts of Summer Service Fund Committee members Matthew Draper, Adam Lichtenstein, Micah Burch, Jim Colman, Helen Hu, Jeremy Roller, Peter Belden, Rob Hill, Geordie Hebard, Paul Cernota, Christopher Looney, Constantine Morfopoulous, Andy O’Brein, Julie Polhemus, Shannon Sullivan, Hannah Clayson Smith, and John Smith.
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