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Lactrice Jones is a social work major from Wyoming, Michigan. She was accepted to Grand Valley State University, where her two older sisters had gone, and participated in Grand Valley’s Freshman Academy. This service helps low income/low scoring students to achieve their potential. “I had to work hard to prove myself and meet the requirements of the program, but they helped connect me with professors and really helped me be a better student,” said Jones.
Jones is involved in many different service and social organizations, such as Make a Difference Day, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Multicultural Higher Education Cohort. “Volunteering is something you can always do, whether you are old or young,” said Jones. “Even though I’m busy with school and working at Laker Village and the Woman’s Center, I make time to participate in these organizations on campus.”
Jones also had the opportunity to study abroad with the School of Social Work in Ghana. “I was able to see absolute poverty first-hand, and we saw the slave passages along the coast which really put me in touch with my roots,” said Jones. “If I hadn’t received the Student Legacy Scholarship, I don’t know that I could have done this; I don’t think I would have had the money.”
After graduation, Jones plans to complete the AmeriCorps program and attend graduate school. “It is important to give back to those in need, and that’s why I’m so thankful for the donors who invested in students like me and gave to the Student Legacy Scholarship.”