Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (MSB) nursing program student Alyssa Goodew was the lucky recipient of a $2,000 community service scholarship this winter quarter! This is the second scholarship for the dedicated student. The scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate strong civic engagement through community service.
Before relocating to the Twin Cities, Alyssa lived and studied in Duluth, Minn. She obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in health education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Alyssa was working as a patient advisor at Health Fitness when she realized that she wanted more direct contact with her patients. Alyssa’s mother is an RN and her father is a nurse practitioner.
“They were making a bigger impact than I was. I wanted to do the same,” she said of her parents.
That’s when Alyssa decided to enroll at MSB’s nursing program. “I wanted to move to the [Twin] cities, and I liked the small class sizes at MSB. I liked that the program was only three years,” she said.
Despite carrying her full course load, Alyssa continued volunteering. She participated in a one-day event to collect household items for needy individuals at The Bridging program. Alyssa says the best part of volunteering is, “Just making that person’s day. It is great to see how appreciative people are. Nurses are compelled to help out. Both parties benefit from it.”
Another one of her community service activities was that she organized a donation drive for the local Reindeer Run. On the day of the event, she volunteered in setting up barricades and handing out refreshments to the race participants.
As part of her Global Citizenship class, she volunteered to collect cheek swabs for the Be The Match bone marrow donation registry.
Alyssa said that she was motivated to volunteer in her community by her memberships in both the Girl Scouts and the National Honor society in her youth: “That is what really compelled me.” She was also inspired by her parents, who modeled volunteering at home.
Alyssa learned of the community service scholarship opportunity from her financial aidrepresentative when she inquired about it after seeing a poster on campus. She also has a friend in the nursing program who won the same scholarship fall quarter. She wrote a two-page paper describing her volunteer activities over the past year and received notice that she’d won just a few weeks ago.
Alyssa’s advice to other students is, “Find something you love and care about. That way you can give the most you can. If you don’t love it, you won’t put your heart into it.”
Congratulations, Alyssa! MSB and our community are lucky to have your caring spirit on campus!