The Offices of the Academic Internship Program (AIP) and External and Competitive Scholarships (ECS) in partnership with International Business Internships, and the Office of Career Services joined together to host a awards dinner on April 6, honoring students who applied for prestigious competitive scholarships and participated in academic internships during the 2009-10 academic year.
The event recognized a record number of 26 of students who applied for competitive scholarships and fellowships as well as 129 of students who were enrolled in internships at 92 different companies including non-profits, and congressional offices.
President Lewis Duncan and Dean of the Faculty Laurie Joyner each welcomed the assembled students and community partners and congratulated each for their commitment to excellence, student-centered learning and the applied liberal arts. Students also received special recognition from Representative Alan Grayson’s office who presented each student with a certificate of special Congressional recognition for superior academic accomplishments.
As part of the evening’s program, Adis Vila, a Rollins alumna and Winter Park Institute Scholar-in-Residence, gave a warm keynote address that challenged students with some inspiring advice—she encouraged students to consider applying what she calls: “E²N,” Excellence, Empathy, and Niceness, in their day-to-day lives.
An additional highlight of the awards banquet were moving testimonials given by students who shared their experiences working with each of the two offices during the academic year. The students credited the outstanding opportunities Rollins offers students whether they are applying for a competitive scholarship or an academic internship.
During her remarks, Shannon Brown (class of 2010) stated, “Rollins will help you get to where you want to go.” She affirmed how working with Dr. Jay Shivamoggi during the scholarship application process leading up to being chosen as a Pickering Award recipient, was a life-changing experience. “The entire application process definitely teaches you about yourself and what you are capable of doing.”
Jessica Duran (class of 2010) shared Brown’s sentiments of the benefits of working with both the AIP and ECS offices. She attributed her experience interning with the Florida Hospital Department of Surgery as helping solidify her decision to pursue her dream of attending medical school—this summer she will be conducting cancer research at Harvard University.
The program concluded with the exceptional news of Rollins junior Justin Wright being awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and the announcement of Marcela Brandao (class of 2010) being chosen as the 2009-10 Intern of the Year.
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