We created the Eglet Adams Community Involvement Scholarship to support the education of students who are committed to helping protect the rights of others and who are involved with their community to help make it a better place for all of its members. We believe that education, along with a passion and drive, is empowering for those who want to be community advocates and stand up for the rights of others. By investing in the education of students who want to promote, and to uphold values and goals similar to our own, we feel that we will be investing in a more positive future. Eglet Adams received over 130 exemplary applications for the scholarships. After lengthy discussion and incredibly difficult decisions, the three winners are featured below.
We are proud to be able to support the education of these three recipients who are making a positive impact on their community. Read the excerpts below to learn more about them.
Kaylee De Tender
Kaylee is an international student from Belgium and moved to the United States 4 years ago to attend the University of Texas. She just graduated with her dual Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. In her position as the Presidential Inclusive Excellence Scholar, Kaylee helped get rid of discriminatory policies on campus and created new policies that focused on inclusion and diversity to ensure that all students felt safe and welcome.
In the coming months, she will be moving to Chicago to start her JD/LLM in an International Human Rights law program. Kaylee hopes to work for the United Nations Human Rights Council one day. In her personal time, Kaylee loves to read, enjoys finding the newest documentaries to watch, and spending all day exploring the best coffee/tea shops everywhere she goes.
Linda hails from the small town of NYC, where her love for adventure and discovering new stories led her to work in several nonprofits around the city, listening to the experiences of other young people while also sharing her own. Linda has worked as the cohort representative at the Harlem courthouse to help arrested young people clear their record and become better community members.
As a youth community leader at other non-profits, she facilitates anti-discrimination trainings in schools and organizations around the city as well as act as a peer counselor and friend to all young people with stories to tell. Currently, Linda is developing a new non-profit, College Key Foundation, to help connect underserved high school seniors with the resources to access higher education.
With this scholarship, Linda is excited to develop her skills by studying economics at Harvard College to find more ways to inspire and push for change.
Barbara “Bebe” Barnes is a rising Sophomore at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She is a biology major with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. She has been accepted early into Campbell University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, and will pursue her D.O. there once she graduates in 2023.
Bebe plans on becoming a rural physician, helping to combat the growing number of healthcare deserts in the United States. She particularly wants to volunteer to serve those that have little to no insurance, or at-risk populations such as migrant farmworkers.
Bebe helps advocate for and run Campbell’s food pantry, as well as volunteering at the University’s free clinic. Outside of academics, she loves to participate in her university’s marching band, where she marches trombone. She is also in charge of the band’s recruitment and uniforms. At home, she loves to work in her vegetable garden, embroider, and play with her two cats.
Click here to learn more about the Eglet Adams Community Involvement Scholarship and to apply for the 2021 award.