Anyone who has ever volunteered will tell you it is one of the most rewarding experiences, but for two Globe University-Madison East students, volunteering is more than that—it’s helping to pay for their education.
Robyn Ophime and Michele Johnson recently received Community Service Scholarships. Each Globe University campus offers two $2,000 community service scholarships per quarter to qualifying applicants to reward them for community service and continued enrollment. Students submit an essay describing their volunteer work and what it means to them as part of the application.
Robyn Ophime, a student in the criminal justice program, volunteers in several capacities, one of which is at the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. The center offers support and information for anyone who has experienced past or recent sexual assault.
“Two or three nights a month, typically on Saturday nights from 7 p.m.–7 a.m., I staff the crisis line,” Robyn said. “There, I answer any incoming calls for people seeking support and take calls from nurse examiners at Meriter [Hospital] who need an advocate to respond.”
Robyn says she loves being able to volunteer. “The places I volunteer and the organizations I work with are all very personal to me. I work with them because at one time in my life they helped me out, or taught me things, and now it is my turn to help them.”
Michele Johnson, who is earning her business administration degree, has been volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison since the summer of 2011. Michelle decided to volunteer there shortly after she volunteered at the Middleton Outreach Ministry food shelf through her Global Citizenship project at Globe University. She enjoyed it so much she decided to make volunteering part of her weekly routine. Madison’s Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families while a child they love receives treatment at area hospitals.
Michele said, “Volunteering makes me feel thankful every day for having health for my family and child. I can’t imagine how these families deal with it. So, by giving three hours a week just to help them make their day-to-day life easier while they have the most difficult challenge on their hands, it makes me feel good that I can take some stress off these families.”
More information about the community service scholarship can be found on page 20 and 21 of the Globe University 2012 catalog. If you have questions, please visit the financial aid department.