Five students, two of whom are Clinical Psychology students, have been awarded a 2016 AUNE Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 each. A committee selected this year’s recipients from a pool of 30 applicants. Named after the university’s first president, The Horace Mann Spirit of Service Scholarship honors students who have won victories for humanity through work or volunteerism in the areas of community service, diversity, lifelong learning, sustainability or social justice. The Clinical Psychology student recipients are:
As an undergraduate student, Kristen volunteered and eventually was hired to work as a project coordinator during her summer breaks for a non-governmental organization in Peru that provided support to children from low-income families. She also volunteered at a public psychiatric hospital in Argentina. When she returned to the United States, she started working in a residential facility for undocumented minors caught crossing the border illegally. Inspired by the resilience and strength of those living in difficult circumstances and recognizing their unmet needs for mental health support, she decided to pursue an advanced degree in mental health. She plans to continue to work primarily in under served Spanish-speaking communities.
After relocating to Keene, Lauren began volunteering at Miracles in Motion, a therapeutic horseback riding facility. She became a certified therapeutic riding instructor and started working as a staff member. She also co-facilitated the development of a new program, Equine Assisted Learning, at Miracles in Motion. She serves as the AUNE campus representative for the American Psychological Association’s Division 35: The Society for the Psychology of Women, and is the chair of a research project to advocate for Syrian refugees.