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Juniata students participate

in Consortium Internships

HUNTINGDON — Four Juniata College students are participating in internships this summer with the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, where they are learning about dimensions of poverty in the U.S. and assisting in the improvement of distressed communities.

Participants include Zhorea McAnuff, a senior from Altoona.

McAnuff served as a clinic intern specializing in public health and literacy with Together for Hope Black Belt region, a branch of Sowing Seeds of Hope in Perry County, Alabama.

“I make calls to members of the diabetes and hypertension clinics to check in with them about their health, reading, COVID-19, and anything else they may need, whether it’s masks or prescription refills,” she said.

“I create STEM experiments for children of the local community to help them learn about science while having fun simultaneously.”

Her responsibilities include creating healthy meal plans and recipes and designing infographics to combat the spread of COVID-19.

McAnuff explored options for summer internships and was drawn to SHECP because of the opportunity for hands-on experience in a clinical setting.

“This internship is something that not only forces a person to gain knowledge of poverty and its immense impact on communities all across the United States, but it also creates a driving force within each person to help change a system that has created poverty in the first place,” McAnuff said. “I knew that this internship would provide me with more knowledge than I would learn in any classroom and I was absolutely correct.”

The SHECP is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1998 as the Shepherd Poverty Alliance, that promotes poverty studies programs in undergraduate and professional schools, supports a summer internship program integrated with coursework throughout the academic year and enriches various areas of study to prepare students for many different professional and civic goals.

In addition to Juniata College, the organization is made of 24 other collegiate institutions.

SHECP partners with more than 130 nonprofit and governmental agencies to provide internship opportunities for students. The agencies, located in both urban and rural sites, focus on categories such as education, healthcare, legal services, housing, nutrition, social and economic needs and community-building efforts. According to SHECP, “students work with agencies that fit their intellectual interests to develop professional experience and skills for future civic involvement and employment.”

To learn more about the internship opportunities via the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, visit https://www.shepherdconsortium.org/about-internships/.

Student awards presented

to Penn College graduates

WILLIAMSPORT — Pennsylvania College of Technology recently honored its spring and summer 2020 graduates with student achievement awards.

The awardees, their hometowns and academic majors are:

n NorthCentral PA Chapter Construction Specifications Institute Excellence in Construction Award/Construction Management, presented to graduates of construction management who demonstrate excellence, professionalism and integrity in and commitment to the construction industry: Derek Scott Smith, Port Matilda, construction management.

n West Branch Susquehanna Builders Association Award, presented to graduates in building construction technology with outstanding GPAs, strong work ethic, ability to communicate well with faculty and a strong commitment to the residential building industry: Hunter B. Allison, Alum Bank, heavy equipment technology.

n UPMC Susquehanna Program Award for Radiography, presented to a graduate of radiography who has exhibited strong leadership and teamwork skills; has demonstrated excellence, professionalism and commitment to the health care profession; and has demonstrated academic excellence: Saige Lee McElwain, Tyrone, radiography.

For information about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education and a special mission affiliate of Penn State, visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call 800-367-9222.

Juniata students earn scholarships to study abroad

HUNTINGDON — Two local Juniata College students have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships to study abroad during the 2020-21 academic year.

Madison Faith, a junior from Duncansville, and Sidney Stevens, a junior from Huntingdon, received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Both will study in Mexico.

The Gilman Scholarships, named for Benjamin Gilman, a Republican U.S. Representative from New York, offer grants for undergraduate students of limited financial means to study abroad. Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded every academic year.

The scholarship program encourages students to choose non-traditional destinations for their study-abroad experience. For this cycle, 80 selection panelists from colleges and universities, reviewed and decided upon nearly 2,900 applications.

More than 800 students were selected to receive Gilman Scholarships across the U.S.

The Director of Study Abroad, Caitlin Murphy, recruits and advises eligible students to partake in this scholarship opportunity. The college’s community then sets to work, supporting students through the application process.

“There are two application cycles, one with a deadline in October and a second in March, depending on when a student will study abroad,” said Murphy.

“Students complete their application and submit a personal statement and follow-on service project proposal. They have to state how the Gilman Scholarship would benefit them personally and academically and describe how the location they have selected will help them achieve their goals.”

Students are identified based on their eligibility for Pell Grants, which are federal grants for undergraduate students with financial need.

In the 2020-21 academic year, 45% of students will study abroad, according to the College’s Center for International Education. They can take advantage of the college’s partnerships with more than 40 programs in 25 countries, on every continent except Antarctica.

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