2 Prove That Community Service Pays
Published on July 19, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
(MERIDIAN) There’s a better-than-good chance you have heard all about scholarships to help pay for college. The financial aid gurus at Broadview University are constantly reminding students to apply whenever, wherever, and however they can. Yet surprisingly, few students actually take the time to do it. Well, for those of you wondering whether the extra effort is actually worth it, two students in the veterinary technology program at the Boise campus are living proof it is. Both are prime examples that show community service pays.
Rachel Brown loves dogs. For the past two years, she has been a rescue worker with the National Saint Bernard Rescue Foundation. She brings dogs into her own home, gets them vaccinated, spayed or neutered and microchipped, and ready for their new homes. She screens potential adoptive families and matches them with the right dog. The belief is this process lowers the rate of returns back to the rescue organization.
“I believe that everyone has a responsibility to be actively involved in their communities,” Brown said. “Not only is it personally fulfilling, but it benefits so many others.”
Brown’s involvement with the organization helped her earn the campus’s Community Service Scholarship—a $2,000 annual award that can be awarded to two people each quarter. Another person to receive this scholarship is Shari Pendley.
Pendley’s passion is also animals. Her ultimate career goal is to work with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
“It’s a horrible situation when animals are found in unhealthy conditions,” Pendley said. “Animals trust people to take care of them, feed them, protect them, and love them.”
Pendley lives her life with the belief that “why be adequate when you can be exceptional” attitude. She has volunteered with the Humane Society in Boise, the Salvation Army, and has been the president of the Parent Teacher Association at her son’s school for the past four years.
In addition to the volunteer work that helped her earn the campus’s Community Service Scholarship, Pendley also received a Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award—a scholarship for women who are determined to improve their employment status. At the age of 48, Pendley recently started school for the first time in her life.
“The next two years until I graduate will fly by,” she said. “I spent several years watching television shows like ‘K-9 Cops.’ Now, it’s finally time for me to get out there and do something about it. I absolutely love what I am learning, and I just can’t wait.”
Broadview University has a program that matches outside scholarships up to $1,000 per year. For more information, contact the Financial Aid department.