Three William Jewell College students have been awarded the 2013 Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award.
Pritchard winner Lindsey Bokach (Leawood, Kan.) seeks to develop leadership and employment skills in teenage students in the foster care system. She will complete an in-depth study of successful social-entrepreneurial models, including “GO Jammies” used by the Global Orphan Project in Haiti. Then she will develop a sustainable, social-entrepreneurial project to provide employment skills, job opportunities, life skills and personal growth for Kansas City area foster care teens. Bokach is a junior at William Jewell studying business administration and nonprofit leadership. She plans to attend law school and hopes to establish a career based on helping people through the legal system.
Erin Christiansen (St. Joseph, Mo.) will serve in rural Costa Rica this summer as a teacher and coach with the international Frontier organization's Partner Project. Christiansen will live with a local family and work at a rural school where she will assist children in developing English language skills, participate in Spanish classes and coach youth soccer teams. She believes the project addresses three compelling human needs: communication skills, youth development through self-confidence and teamwork, and community development. Christiansen is a sophomore at William Jewell majoring in Spanish and communication. After college, she plans to spend two years with the Peace Corps and will pursue a master’s degree in intercultural public relations.
The final Pritchard Award recipient for 2013 is Kendall Stewart of Oak Pointe, Texas. Stewart plans to serve in a rural healthcare clinic in the Philippines in Visayans on the Leyte Island. The clinic is operated by the international organization A Broader View. Under the supervision of local healthcare providers, Stewart will dress wounds, keep charts, administer medicine, organize patient care and participate in seminars. She says the project addresses the human need for adequate healthcare and stresses the importance of volunteerism. Stewart is a junior at William Jewell with a nursing major and a nonprofit leadership minor. After completing her college degree, she is considering a career as a medical missionary.
The Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award is provided by and named for John and Mary Pritchard, the founders and nurturers of Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, a provider of affordable housing for low-income families. For more than two decades, the Pritchards sought strong and effective ways to interact with people in need. The award goes annually to William Jewell students who share the Pritchards’ commitment to serving the needy and developing relationships with people different from themselves while learning about their own unique gifts and calling.