World Communion Scholarship eases college life
Kaelin Travis believes in paying it forward.
The World Communion Sunday scholarship recipient attends Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, where she's pursuing a degree in agriculture.
She said her family and faith have played a big role in shaping the person she's become.
Her family has always supported her, she said, as has her home church, St. Paul United Methodist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Members are "always encouraging me and calling to check on me while I'm away at school."
It was a church member who alerted Travis and her family to the World Communion Sunday scholarship. Offerings United Methodists make on the Special Sunday – Oct. 1 this year – fund the awards.
"Receiving this scholarship has lessened the financial burden and has allowed me to concentrate solely on my studies," she said. It also pushes her to work even harder.
"Knowing that people thought enough about me to give makes me want to work even harder to show my appreciation," she said.
In addition to her studies, Travis is a member of the Alcorn cheer squad and The National Society of Leadership and Success. She also volunteers at cheer camps for students in the surrounding area and works with youth groups sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated.
After Alcorn, Travis plans to attend graduate school and hopes to work as a health inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture one day.
Her faith will continue to play an important role in her life and her career.
"Caring and sharing with those who don't have has been instilled in me from both my parents and my church family. My faith is the reason so many have helped me and I believe in paying it forward and one day helping someone just as I was helped."
Adapted from an article at www.umcgiving.org/wcs by Julie Dwyer, general church content editor, United Methodist Communications.