Four William Jewell College students have been granted the 2017 Pritchard Humanitarian Awards to fund summer public service projects. Taylor Ekart, sophomore nonprofit leadership, English and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry major, was awarded one grant, while the team of Sofia Arthurs-Schoppe, sophomore Oxbridge Honors Program and chemistry major; Caeley Pittman, first-year Oxbridge Honors Program and physics major; and Hannah Fuhlhage, sophomore Oxbridge Honors Program major, received another.
Ekart’s project will be to develop an education/awareness program for the fall 2017 semester for middle and high school students in the Kansas City area to prevent prostitution and sex trafficking. She’ll also serve as a community engagement volunteer presenting the program on behalf of Veronica’s Voice, a Kansas City nonprofit serving victims of sex trafficking. In order to assess methods and models used in other countries, she’ll study “Prostitution and the Sex Trade” in Copenhagen, Denmark, over the summer.
The project conducted by Arthurs-Schoppe, Pittman and Fuhlhage is planned to address the need for humanitarian action in Kansas City. The three-phase project will start with the trio undergoing diversity and communication training, with the second phase focusing on volunteering with existing Kansas City organizations to provide assistance. Finally, they will publish human interest stories about the organizations and the people they serve, focusing on individuals and groups that have felt marginalized and unable to flourish.
The Pritchard Humanitarian Service Award is provided by and named for John and Mary Pritchard, founders and nurturers of Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City. The award provides funding for Jewell students for public service projects during the summer months. Recipients are chosen by a five-member committee of Jewell faculty members.