In the Footsteps of a Leader R
eflecting its mission to attract a diverse group of students who are servant leaders, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leader Scholarship is assisting eight MNU students this year.
“The primary goal for the program is to diversify student leadership in the university and to provide an opportunity for some students who may either not be able to attend MidAmerica or may not find their way naturally into leadership roles within the university,” says MNU president Ed Robinson.
Junior biology major Brittany Glass, Lenexa, Kan., is not only thankful for the financial support the scholarship offers, but also the opportunity to grow under the legacy of Dr. King.
“I feel blessed to be an MLK
scholar,” Glass says. “If you think about what Dr. King did for this country, wouldn’t you feel the same way? Having and getting an education is important to me and having this scholarship makes it easier to achieve my goal of becoming a medical examiner.”
The entry point for the scholarship program is the student’s freshman year, and can be renewed thereafter. Students must have a 3.0 or higher high school GPA, at least 50 hours of community service, and submit an original essay. The 2011 essay question asks: How will I apply the principles that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. espoused in my leadership role at MidAmerica Nazarene University?
They attend at least one monthly meeting of Brothers and Sisters United and participate in at least one BSU-sponsored event each semester. They also demonstrate servant leadership on campus and/or in community organizations. In addition, they attend the annual Martin Luther King community prayer breakfast. The next prayer breakfast is January 17, 2011.
Glass is a model of student leadership. She has served as the
president of BSU for the past two years. With the help of other BSU members, she organizes community service, fundraising, and co-curricular educational events. She has also served in Associated Student Government and Residence Hall Council for two years.
“Leadership is important to me because it makes you stand out from everyone else,” Glass says. “I’m not the type of person to just sit back and watch. I am more of a get-up-and-go person.”
That spirit is exactly what the program seeks in its scholars.
MLK Scholars Andrea Holt, Brittany Glass and Jackee Hill. exhibited leadership.”
“At MNU a sense of service is always number one,” Robinson says. “Servant leadership is not just a buzzword. It’s at the heart of leadership here. We want initiative.”
Once students are accepted into the program, they must maintain these same academic standards and leadership activities.
Martin Luther King Scholars 2010-11
Christian Cardona Perea Shawnee, KS Graphic Design Senior
Brittany Glass Lenexa, KS Biology Junior
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Franco Gutierrez Carthage, MO Chemistry Sophomore
Florissant, MO Business Psychology Junior
Roeland Park, KS Biology & Spanish Sophomore
Lantino Luna Surprise, AZ Nursing Sophomore
Ryan Tink KCMO
History & Sociology Sophomore
Montez Willis St. Louis, MO Business Administration Junior
Glass believes that the definition of leadership is striving to make things better.
“I think that it also means that you can be counted on and know how to handle the responsibility,” she says. “I am just glad that I can be part of something that is so positive and can make things better.” ❡
“These individuals need to be involved in organizations and activities that would exemplify servant leader capabilities and skills,” says Warren Rogers, director of admissions. “We want them to be involved in community and church organizations in which they’ve
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