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2017 UNCF Walton Summer Fellows

As school systems near the end of an academic year, parents often contemplate summer activities both academic and/or leisure to keep their children engaged. Two Livingstone College student-leaders await these vibrant youth as they are preparing for the 2017 summer and beyond. Senior, elementary education major Jenna Wright of Salisbury, MD and senior social work major Terrell Richardson of Wilmington, NC are engaging in summer educational opportunities that will last them a lifetime.

The Walton-United Negro College Fund K-12 Education Fellowship is a leadership and talent development initiative aimed to build a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education reform in America. The program selects undergraduate juniors from UNCF member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in leadership development and paid intern placement programs that partners with innovative K-12 educational reform enterprises. Livingstone is proud of its two students whose applications garnered them selection. 2017 Jenna Wright UNCF

Jenna Wright, Miss Senior 2017-2018, has placement with the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools Partner, Chicago Collegiate Charter School in Chicago, Illinois. As an Operations Intern, Jenna will manage student recruitment and enrollment while in residence at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jenna is excited! She said, “I expect to gain greater knowledge of educational reform procedures since education policies and practices are ever changing and I want to improve my networking skills and experience in working with people from various socioeconomic backgrounds.”

Terrell Richardson, the 2017-2018 Student Government Association President will spend his summer at the central office of Friendship Charter Public School in Washington, DC as a Summer Associate in the Office of Extended Learning. There his duties include governance of academic and enrichment programs for ten campuses and he will work collaboratively with a team to implement a summer capstone project. When asked about his acceptance to the program, Terrell said, “Being accepted is a huge honor. This program serves a dual purpose because it helps to prepare me to become a solid leader and gives me the opportunity to serve others. Dr. Jenkins stresses “Education is the surest vehicle to upward mobility.” So, I recognize the importance of an opportunity as this and I will do my best to learn as much as I can from it.”

All Walton Fellows will convene in Washington, DC May 30 – June 4 for a student-leadership conference at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and then disperse to their various sites from June 5 – July 27. Their experience will include education case competition, career coaching and alumni and networking opportunities. UNCF financially supports all Walton Fellows.

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