Lead. Contribute. Transform.
The Beloiters Scholarship Initiative
Beloiters are leaders who contribute to and transform the communities in which they live and lead. Whether it be Rachel's passion for food and her vegan co-op, Andy's exploration through class, volunteerism, and campus activities, Amani’s experience as a campus leader, athlete, and accomplished scholar, Joe’s time as a volunteer at an HIV/AIDS clinic, or Ashley’s journey researching food systems in Russia, this generation of Beloiters are being prepared to live lives of leadership, contribution, meaning, and consequence.
For many, scholarship support helps make these Beloit experiences possible. More than 85% of Beloiters received scholarship support, totaling nearly $20 million annually. These financial aid packages are provided through the support of the college’s alumni and friends--it's brought to them by Beloiters.
To help ensure that the next generation of Beloiters are just as prepared for their lives of meaning and consequence, Beloit College offers the Beloiters Scholarship Initiative. Annual gifts of $2,500 will fund a named scholarship for a Beloiter like Rachel, Andy, Amani, Joe, Ashley, or the many other Beloiters whose stories appear here.
What is a Beloiters Scholarship?
Your annual gift of $2,500 will provide a Beloiter with a named scholarship to help make their Beloit experience possible. You can name your scholarship in honor or in memory of a friend, favorite professor, yourself and significant other, your family, etc.
How does it work?
When you make a gift of at least $2,500 to the Beloiters Scholarship Initiative, you will be asked to name the scholarship. It can be after a person, a place, a purpose, etc. Your scholarship will be awarded to a student in the semester that follows the date of your gift. You will be informed of who received your scholarship and the recipient will be informed of who made their scholarship possible. Through this direct connection between donor and student, each of you will witness, firsthand, the power and impact your scholarship gift.
Explore the students highlighted below and witness their Beloit experiences, their early contributions to their communities, and how their Beloit education matters. As you read through these stories, consider renewing your financial support of Beloit, to ensure that the transformational opportunities of a Beloit education are available to the next generation of Beloiters
Rachel is making her mark on Beloit. Passionate about food, Rachel has incorporated her vegan lifestyle into her studies and her Beloit experience. She is a member of the slow food club and started a vegan co-op. She participates in Beloit Student Congress on the food committee, volunteers with Caritas, wrote a literature review on federal food policies and the rise of non-profits, and will participate in the Duffy Community Partnerships Program. So what is she doing at Beloit? Changing the world.
Andy is living his Beloit experience. He's trying out a variety of classes before choosing a major, he's volunteering with kids in the community, he's participating in clubs, he's doing improv, and he is thinking about studying abroad and taking education classes. What isn't he doing? Being passive.
Amani came to Beloit to explore various interests. Like most Beloit students, she is not one thing, but many: a well-rounded athlete, a campus leader, a multilingual student who intends to travel the world. Accepted at four different graduate schools (and counting), Amani thinks she is being prepared for paths as rich her college experience itself. “Beloit is giving me the resources, connections, and knowledge I need to pursue anything,” she says. This fact leaves her anticipating the future with nothing but excitement. “When I graduate,” Amani says, “I will have everything I need.”
A health and society major, Joe has worked at an HIV/AIDS clinic and an immigrant integration center for Sudanese refugees. Through his Beloit experiences, Joe is being prepared to live a life a leadership and contribution. He credits the Liberal Arts in Practice with helping him to find expression for his passions.
A Russian and economics double-major, Ashley has studied alternative agriculture and marketing at a Community-Supported Agriculture internship, conducted a year-long community partnership with 4-H studying rural agriculture, research Russian food systems in Moscow, and served as a Sustainability Fellow at the Welty Environmental Center.
I spent five weeks near the North Pole conducting research alongside some of the world’s top polar scientists on glaciers in Svalbard (a Norwegian island territory). We studied the distribution of sediment from the Kronebreen glacier. Analyzing the sediment generated by glacial retreat is key to predicting the effects of global warming.
Before, I wanted to go into investment banking because I simply wanted to make money. But now I want to work in the renewable energy field. It’s something of importance right now; it’s something we can’t overlook. Therefore, I look to think of ways that I can contribute to the world community by being able to pioneer technologies in the renewable energy field.
I worked for a non-profit organization called the Mikva Challenge. They promote youth activism and youth involvement in politics. We created policies and recommendations for the CEO of Chicago Public Schools.
Beloit really values your academic pursuits and your research. They have this idea that you have the capability to do things. Just because you’re an undergraduate doesn’t mean you don’t have good things to offer the world.
I spent a month this summer in eastern Russia at a wetland reserve, teaching Russian teenagers about conservation and ecology. I also worked with endangered red-crowned cranes, which are six feet tall. They’re aggressive, and they judge other animals by height, so you have to hold a broom over your head to feed them!
My summer research project focused on how cultural differences affect doctor-patient relationships among the United States Latino population. I was amazed at what I found. Some doctors don’t ask for a translator when they know they should get them. Some hospital ERs assume your nationality without even asking you. I was like, “This needs to change.”
My project was on how the healthcare system presents options for end-of-life care. I thought it was so interesting how completely different viewpoints of death could exist in the same healthcare system. So many factors go into how people choose their care for end-of-life.