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As much as Stevenson focuses on personal growth in academics and leadership skills we are also encouraged to take those skills out into our community. Whether it be through the internships we choose or Greek Life students are thrust into the world and asked to help. This semester two classes of English students have taken this spirit of service a step further and brought it into the classroom and succeeded.

Three student groups from Dr. Amanda Licastro’s Spring 2019 ENG 256 Introduction to Digital Publishing classes have been awarded T. Rowe Price Foundation Service Grants. The grants are awarded to projects which directly support a local non-profit organization’s mission and serve a community need in the Greater Baltimore Area. The T. Rowe Price Foundation has been offering these types of grants and others since 1981.

Adonte Langston, Amanda Israel, Lauren Aversa and Olivia Hare were awarded a grant for their project “Timber Grove Tigers Mentor: Summer Reading Bags,” which will provide children’s books that emphasize diversity to children in the Timber Grove Tigers summer mentoring program, an SU student tutoring initiative.

Jillian DiOrio, Mannat Bhatia, Collin Bowers, Madi Yurek, and Joe Candon were awarded a grant for their project “Asylee Women Enterprise’s (AWE) Resume Workshop,” which will support asylum-seekers in their job search by assisting them to create and revise resumes and preparing them to meet with hiring managers.

Annya Pereira, Tristan Abrenica, Leah Wittler, Elizabeth Noon, and Samantha Hacker were awarded a grant for their proposal, “Little Free Library at AWE,” which will provide asylum seekers with free books to encourage reading, build creativity, and improve English-language literacy, especially among refugee children.

These students will be able to use their grant money to start up these service projects to make a difference in the community by working on projects they feel passionately about. We at the Stevenson University English Department wish these groups productivity and success. Best of luck guys and thank you for taking these steps to improve the lives of those you will be helping.