Campaign for Change Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to our 2013 spring scholarship recipient,
Battling Apathy and Paying it Forward
“Philanthropy is about education and thoughtful action. It’s the refusal to give in to apathy and never forgetting the value of a single life. To change the world, one person at a time, is an honor and responsibility I pursue every day – because philanthropy is a way of life.” – Korina Jensen, Kent State senior criminology and justice studies major
When she applied for the Campaign for Change Scholarship, senior criminology and justice studies major Korina Jensen's eloquence didn't hurt her chances of being selected to receive the scholarship, which was created by undergraduate students and their parents. But what made Korina stand out from close to 100 other applicants is that she truly practices what she preaches.
Korina was raised in California by her mother and grandmother, who taught her about the importance of giving back. During her teenage years, this environment gave her the opportunity to participate in more philanthropic activities than many people will do in a lifetime.
"I was a buddy to Special Olympians and worked with Alzheimer's patients," says Korina "Later on, I worked with homeless youths, drug addicted individuals, and at-risk kids at a drop-in center – a safe place for runaways or victims of sexual assault to go for food, medical resources and HIV and pregnancy testing." In addition, Korina is a tireless defender of animal rights. She has fostered five older dogs and three cats, and she advocates against animal testing, circuses, vivisection, euthanasia, and breed discrimination.
Her personal experiences have also influenced her path. When she was 15 years old, Korina came out to her family and friends. "It took a long time for people to see me as anything other than gay, instead of just as a person," says Korina. "I got involved with the Gay and Lesbian Association, working with GLBTA kids. I talked at various high schools about the importance of having a safe place, of being aware of the things you say. In addition, I worked with people with eating disorders, and victims of domestic violence and trauma. That was the turning point for me. I decided it was something I wanted to get involved with permanently." When Korina completes her criminology and justice studies degree in May, 2014, she hopes to work with the FBI on their child abduction resource team, recovering abducted children, and in theiranti-pornography and sex trade division.
Korina decided to go back to college at age 25. "Paying my own way through college hasn't been easy, says Korina, "but so many generous people have helped me along the way. I'm grateful for receiving the Campaign for Change Scholarship so I can continue pursuing my dream of becoming a criminologist and assisting young victims of abuse and neglect. I want to pay it forward and be the voice for everyone who doesn't have one. We have to be there for others, and fight the common enemy of apathy."
Kent State's donors – including our generous faculty and staff -- are anything but apathetic, and they demonstrate this every day. They believe in the dreams of passionate, talented and deserving students like Korina, whom they support with gifts of time, talent and financial resources.
Please consider making a gift to support the Criminology & Justice Studies program, the Campaign for Change Scholarship* or one of literally thousands of other giving options that can help Korina and many students like her overcome the financial roadblocks that may stand in the path of their dreams. Click here to learn more about how you can put your money where your heart is on behalf of deserving students. (Kent State faculty and staff, click here.)
* All full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students are encouraged to visit the Student Financial Aid website and apply for the Campaign for Change Scholarship. This scholarship is made possible through the generous support of Kent State students and their families, as well as university faculty and staff.