North Central College - Naperville, IL

Alumni Board Scholarship

The Alumni Board of Directors Student Involvement Scholarship provides financial assistance to a student who exhibits leadership abilities through involvement with the campus community, e.g., membership in various campus clubs and organizations. In addition to leadership abilities, applicants are asked to write a 1-2 page essay emphasizing the importance of involvement with alumni organizations and how his or her personal experiences will benefit the Alumni Board.

The 2013 Alumni Board Scholarship recipient is Christina Richardson '14. Read Christina's essay below:

My neighbor, a close family friend, and my uncle all were alumni of North Central College.  They insisted that I check out the campus, despite the fact that my other uncle was adamant that I must attend UIUC if I was going to study Accounting.  I knew that when I stepped onto the beautiful campus in 2010, North Central College was the school for me.  The faculty and students welcomed me and instantly made me feel like part of the family, which is exactly what I looked for as I invested in my college experience not only to prepare me for my career, but also to create a community to which I will always be able to return.  I immediately got involved on campus at North Central with Student Governing Association and Student Accounting Society, both organizations that did not hesitate to emphasize the importance of community and relationship building within North Central College. 

As a member of Student Governing Association, I’ve quickly learned the importance of relationships between alumni and current students at NCC.  As we spend time planning events such as magnificent homecoming galas in conjunction with the Alumni Office, we welcome the successful alumni back on campus to create close relationships and rekindle the relationships among old and new friendships.  These relationships are what make North Central College so special.  They allow us to enhance the legacy of our school.  When we maintain relationships with our alumni, we are able to create ways for them to give back to campus and make it even more successful, which may not occur without the extra effort of the Alumni Association.

Not only are personal experiences what define your college experience, but also success in your career makes investing in the private, liberal education worth it.  As an Accounting major, I will be the first to tell you that I was hesitant in how successful I would be at a small school.  However, if you put in the work and use the resources available at North Central College, there are open doors everywhere.  Personally, I have gained so much from this tight-knit community.  I not only have had an internship in Chicago at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but also will be interning at one of the big four firms this summer, Ernst & Young.  I would never have these opportunities if it were not for the networking with the alumni and past members of Student Accounting Society.  This is a prime example of how the alumni promote continuing success of North Central College.  All it takes is one successful alumnus or alumna and his or her success will spread the word of our brilliant campus community and what we have to offer.

Through my active involvement on campus as a leader and mentor, I believe I would provide great insight to the Alumni Board.  As student comptroller for student organizations, I have frequent communication with a wide range of students and have the ability to reach out for feedback and constructive ideas for enhancement on campus.  It is also important to maintain relationships with alumni for student organizations because the alumni were once members of these organizations.  Now that they are in the professional work force, they may see how vital student organizations are for building a variety of skills.  When relationships are present between student organizations and alumni, they can give back in a variety of ways including donations, recruitment, and effective event ideas.  By getting involved with the Alumni Association and the Alumni Board I would be able to utilize my strengths as a communicator and leader to improve the relationship between alumni and current students.

In closing, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share my experiences with you and hope that you see how I would be able to assist the Alumni Board in promoting the continuing success of North Central College.  I can only hope I am able to give back to North Central College as much as I have gained thus far.  As I see former students donating to our student organizations and coming back to campus to recruit, I am inspired to continue this legacy we’ve spent just over 150 years creating.  I can only hope that after I spend years in the crazy accounting world, I end up teaching at North Central, the school we love.