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Education Scholars Get On-the-Ground Experience

Education Scholars
The Education Scholars after presenting on their summer projects to local education professionals in Uptown Charlotte.

This summer, approximately 50 Davidson students participated in scholarship or internship programs designed to help them engage with the world and gain experience relevant to their career goals.

While some of the summer programs have been in place for many years and others have only just begun, student interest in completing meaningful work during the summer months continues to grow.

The Education Scholars program placed 10 Davidson students with organizations around Charlotte working in K - 12 education. The scholars also lived together in a dorm at Johnson C. Smith University, where they shared experiences and kept a group blog.

"Many of these students had no idea how they want to be involved in education before starting the program, and this program exposed them to a wide variety of programs working to affect change in education," said Special Projects Manager for the President's Office Allison Dulin '11, who helped organize the Education Scholars and Sustainability Scholars programs.

Lena Parker
The Education Scholars after presenting on their summer projects to local education professionals in Uptown Charlotte.

Dulin added, "These internships are project-based so that students can see the direct result of their work while they also deliver a lot of value to the community partners with whom they work."

The program included a trip to Washington, D.C., where the scholars met with policy makers who affect education on a national level.

Lena Parker '17 worked this summer with Associate Superintendent of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Ann Clark '80. Parker was tasked with improving customer service at the Smith Family Center, where local families can seek assistance with enrolling their children in school and sign up for a number of other services.

"This summer taught me everything that goes into educating a child," said Parker. "There are lots of teachers involved, of course, but there are also administrators, nutritionists and lawyers. You can't just put children in a classroom and expect them to learn."

Parker added, "I also learned how many different organizations-in Charlotte and throughout the country-are involved in education. To see the extent to which they interact and help each other achieve their goals was very interesting."

Visit the website for more about the Education Scholars program.