2013 Rapoport Service Scholarships
Plan II Honors is proud to announce Plan II rising sophomores Terry-Ann Wellington and Savannah Kumar were recognized with Rapoport Service Scholarships in May, 2013. The Rapoport Service Scholarship (http://www.utexas.edu/cola/student-affairs/Programs/scholarships-hidden/Rapoport-Service.php) is designed for financial aid-eligible first-year undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Undergraduate Studies students who are interested in committing to volunteerism, community service and service learning. The recipients of the scholarship commit to performing 200 hours of community service each summer for three summers, as well as taking two courses designed specifically for the scholars and participating in service events during the year. Twelve scholars are selected each year.
The Rapoport Service Scholarships program combines academics with a required community service component that allows students to bridge their academic interests with community service. Community service work is designed to complement the student’s curriculum and create potential career opportunities. All Rapoport Scholars join a Bridging Disciplines Program (http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/bdp/programs) to further integrate their classroom, research, and internship experiences and their work as a Rapoport Scholar. Scholars receive receive $10,000 per year for three years and a laptop computer.
Terry-Ann Wellington is a second-year majoring in Plan II Honors and pursuing a Bridging Disciplines certificate in Global Studies: International Conflict. She graduated from Irma L. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in Dallas. Terry’s primary interest is foreign relations; she enjoys learning about America’s relations with other nations, specifically Eastern European nations. Terry would like to focus on U.S. – Russian relationship; she hopes to work in some other governmental field working towards a goal of increasing understanding of. Terry will begin her quest for knowledge on Russia as a Gilman scholar through the Moscow Plus Study Abroad program. Outside of class, Terry participates in Student Government; she served as a Longhorn Legislative Aide (LLA) and is currently the Assistant Director for the Federal Relations Agency, she hopes to increase UTs student voice on the Hill. Terry also strives to serve her community, specifically families and children. In July 2011 Terry went to on a mission trip to the Philippines to serve underprivileged children and their families. She also participated in the Peer Assistance and Leadership Program (PALs) where she helped put together material for teachers. In the fall she will be participating in the Plan II/KIPP Partnership as a mentor. The Rapoport Scholarship will provide opportunities for Terry to volunteer in programs focused on childhood development as she believes that helping children grow is one of the best investment in the future.
Savannah Kumar is a second-year Plan II student. She graduated from Anderson High School in Austin. Savannah has long been interested in the theoretical and practical elements of human rights. She is especially passionate about education and views it as serving, ideally, as a mechanism for empowering students to use a personal and globally-informed perspective to define, understand, and advocate for their own rights, as well as the rights of others. Savannah is a member of the board of directors for the Amala Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to uniting local, refugee, and international youth to share their experiences with violence and healing. She is a student member of the board of directors for Eastside Community Connection, a student-run nonprofit that provides basic needs assistance to vulnerable residents of the East Austin community. Savannah recently completed a legislative internship with Representative Mark Strama and is currently serving as a coach for W.B. Travis High School’s debate team and a research assistant to Dr. Paul Woodruff. She is also a trained children’s services advocate at SafePlace, Travis County’s sexual and domestic violence shelter.
For her first Rapoport Service Project, Savannah is working with the Amala Foundation on program evaluation, grant writing, engaging in prison-based programs benefiting youth, and leading empowerment-centered projects for youth. She is also doing research with Dr. Benjamin Gregg on the theoretical aspects of human rights and the application of these theories to humanitarian projects in the status quo. For future Rapoport Service Projects, Savannah hopes to travel internationally to gain perspective on the globally varying understandings and implementations of human rights, especially in the context of education.