Student Affairs Scholarships Enrich Opportunity for Spartans

October 27, 2016

More than $36,000 of scholarships affiliated with Michigan State University’s Student Affairs and Services Division have been awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year, benefitting 30 students working their way toward becoming MSU graduates.

Joy Giuliana participating in MSU’s Spartan Day of Service on August 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Joy Giuliana.

Joy Giuliana participating in MSU’s Spartan Day of Service on August 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of Joy Giuliana.

The scholarships are funded through donations from alumni, friends of MSU and Student Affairs and student government bodies on campus, according to Student Affairs and Services Assistant Vice President Dr. Allyn Shaw. The Student Affairs scholarships include Career Services MSUFCU Internship awards, Greek community scholarships, LBGT and MSU Safe Place-related scholarships, Recreational Sports and Fitness Services awards, scholarships supporting student leadership, and awards for student veterans.

“The goal of the scholarships is to help students so that they may not have to hold as many jobs or a single job, and can instead focus on being student leaders,” said Shaw.

Joy Giuliana, a senior elementary education major from Petoskey, Mich., received the Bill Livingood Recognized Leadership Award. A resident assistant (RA) in Akers Hall in 2015-2016 and a cardio-kickboxing instructor with MSU’s Rec Sports, Giuliana was recommended for the scholarship by an Akers Hall assistant community director, Adam Harrison.

“I’m really thankful that Adam saw leadership qualities within me to be able to write something so nice that they awarded me this opportunity to have help for my fifth year,” Giuliana said. “I will probably put the money I’ve been awarded away to help keep costs low during my fifth year teaching internship.”

Naledi Makhene on a study abroad in London, England in May 2015. Photo courtesy of Naledi Makhene.

Naledi Makhene on a study abroad in London, England in May 2015. Photo courtesy of Naledi Makhene.

James Madison College social relations and policy major Naledi Makhene, a senior from Grand Blanc, Mich., works in the residence halls as an Intercultural Aide (ICA) and Service Center Representative. Makhene was awarded the L.U.P.E. Scholarship for her involvement with the Latino community on campus. As an ICA, Makhene worked closely with the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience (M-RULE), a group of students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to intercultural education on campus. Along with others, Makhene facilitated conversations on the death penalty, religion, African American history, activism, and notable cultural symbols and leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Makhene, who also is pre-med, said that her scholarship is a validation of the work she has done to increase opportunity and knowledge for underprivileged students—work she wishes to continues after her MSU career.

“I think a lot of people of all demographics have talent, but only certain demographics are tapped into for that talent,” stated Makhene. “I just feel like there is so much untapped talent in the community of people of color and I want to help those people see their potential.”

Kimberley Moralez Roca visiting Shanghai during her May 2016 study abroad to China. Photo courtesy of Kimberley Moralez Roca.

Kimberley Moralez Roca visiting Shanghai during her May 2016 study abroad to China. Photo courtesy of Kimberley Moralez Roca.

Fifth-year senior and supply chain management major Kimberley Moralez Roca is the recipient of two Student Affairs scholarships: the L.U.P.E. Scholarship and the Efrain & Francisca Marinez Farm Workers Scholarship. Moralez Roca, a Lima, Peru, native who immigrated to the United States when she was 15 years old, said that her MSU experience has “really changed my life due to all of the opportunity” she has found here.

“My goal is to give opportunity to minorities, maybe through developing my own scholarship later, or being a mentor to others,” explained Moralez Roca, who is involved in student organizations such as the TRIO program for first-generation college students and the Multicultural Business Program.  

Shaw was emphatic about the overarching value of the scholarships in helping students make the world a better place.

“Through these scholarships, Student Affairs and Services is allowing students to give back,” Shaw said. “Student Affairs is creating a better society for the future because we are helping students figure out who they are and offer opportunities for them to be the best they can be.”

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