2019 InFaith Scholarship Recipients | InFaith Community Foundation

2019 InFaith Scholarship Recipients

InFaith offers two types of scholarship funds – designated scholarship and InFaith administered scholarships. In 2018, InFaith donors granted more than $5.1 million in educational assistance including scholarships, tuition assistance and graduate fellowship programs.

This year, InFaith is highlighting awardees from two of our scholarship funds:

  • InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship
  • InFaith's WomenLead Scholarship

More information about these scholarships can be found on our scholarship page.

Alyxandria Hartsock, recipient of the InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship

 

Alyxandria will attend Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, this fall. 

What do you plan to study?Photo of scholarship recipient Alyxandria Hartsock.

I plan to major in Nursing and minor in Spanish. 

What inspired you to choose this area of study?

Following my sophomore year of high school, I decided to volunteer at a local hospital. Here, I had the opportunity to be part of the fast-paced hospital community. I loved how something new was happening constantly, and you never knew what the day would bring.

During my junior year, I had the opportunity to take both Anatomy and Physiology courses, which solidified the idea of becoming a nurse. Later that year, my mom gave me the Princeton Review Anatomy Coloring Book for Christmas. That is definitely the greatest gift I have ever been given!

How will this scholarship change your life?

With this scholarship, I will be able to pursue additional opportunities during my college career. I can focus on my studies during my first year of college without the weight of working a job. I will also be able to pursue a study abroad experience. Studying abroad will help me learn more about a different culture, and help me in the long run when applying for a nursing job.  

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

One of my most important attributes that I want to share with the world is joy. I love to make people smile. Through helping others, I will be able to bring joy to my patients. I was made to assist those who are afflicted with pain. My Lord gives me strength to heal and serve those who are suffering. My intelligence and joy does not come from within me, but is given to me from the Lord.

My dream is to become a Pediatric Oncology Nurse. This environment will be heartbreaking, but somehow the Lord has given me the strength to be able to pursue a career in this environment. I honestly didn’t choose my career path or my future plans – this was all God’s plan.

What would you say to the donors who made this scholarship possible?

Thank you for giving me the chance to pursue so many opportunities in my college career. I could not be more thankful. I wish I could hug you personally. Praise God for each and every one of you! 

Michael Netherton, recipient of the InFaith Community Foundation Scholarship

Michael will attend Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, this fall.

What do you plan to study?

I plan to study Sports Turf Management at Western Kentucky University.

What inspired you to choose this area of study?

My love for baseball inspired me to choose Sports Turf Management. Throughout high school, I have had the opportunity to work at various baseball fields as a groundskeeper. I have enjoyed these experiences so much that I decided to look for a possible way to grow and make a career out of it. Studying Sports Turf Management will give me this opportunity.  

How will this scholarship change your life?

I was struggling to find financial aid for college. This scholarship will provide me with financial relief as I begin my journey at Western Kentucky University.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

I want to help make baseball fields great for years to come. In doing so, I will be able to provide communities with the opportunity to come together as they enjoy playing and watching baseball games. After receiving my degree, I plan to become an assistant at a major or minor league baseball stadium. Eventually, I would love to move into a leadership role as a head groundskeeper.

What would you say to the donors who made this scholarship possible?

Thank you so much for the scholarship! I don’t know how I would be able to pay for college without this generous gift. Now I can breathe and feel less stressed about going to college.

Moyosore Olabintan, recipient of InFaith's WomenLead Scholarship

 

What are you studying?

I am currently studying International Development at George Washington University with a focus on Gender Development and Women’s Rights.

What inspired you to choose this area of study?

I was inspired to choose this area of study because of the challenges that confront the most vulnerable members of the society: women and children. Given the patriarchal nature of most communities, women are undervalued and are treated less fairly compared to men. Women have limited access to resources including land and capital. In times of war, women and children are captured as spoils of war and subject to inhumane treatment. 

Similarly, in developed nations, women still experience pay disparity as men receive higher wages when compared to women. Just as there are few women in the boardroom, few women today hold very important political offices. These issues, among many others, inspired me to delve into international development, a field that will provide me with the skills and platform needed to effectively and efficiently address the identified issues through written works, research and advocacy.

How will this scholarship change your life?

This award will help me earn the right education and skills required to achieve my goal of improving the lives of women and girls.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

I want to make a difference in the world with my work – to touch lives daily and positively. I want to put smiles on people’s faces. I want to work directly with the vulnerable, listen to their problems and work with them to provide sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting them.

To get this done, I will engage in field work and through my written works and advocacy outreaches. I will also push for policies that will improve the lives of women and girls in every society I find myself in.

What would you say to the donors who made this scholarship possible?

I am grateful to have been selected for this prestigious award. I appreciate the donors for this initiative which reinstates my faith and believe in the fact that Christian communities still do good works aimed at affecting lives positively, irrespective of background, race or origin.

Through this scholarship, the donors are changing lives and making dreams come true. I thank the donors and I pray that the sustaining grace of God will never depart from each donor committed to this initiative.

Emily Thien, recipient of InFaith's WomenLead Scholarship

What are you studying?

I am enrolled in a Master of Arts in Theology and Mission at Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois.

What inspired you to choose this area of study?

My previous career background is teaching secondary English Language Arts classes. As an English teacher, I felt extraordinarily capable in helping students to utilize tools and resources that gave them incredible skills that carried through their academic careers. I also had the great fortune of watching students learn to empathize with others through the power of story telling.

As an active member of our church and the wife of a pastor, I noticed a need for specific tools and resources that would support biblical competency within our congregation, as there was a severe lack of confidence in terms of biblical understanding. I realized the need for our church to read the Bible with purpose and passion. I believe my giftings, passions, experience and seminary training will allow me to develop and cultivate women who can study scripture with confidence and competency. I want to see all people, but particularly women, become scholars of God’s word.

How will this scholarship change your life?

It is already changing my life! To know that there is a group of Christ followers who believe in my vision is an incredibly powerful testimony of the vastness of the body of Christ. Along with the financial relief it will provide my family, it is another validation of the calling that God has placed on my life.

How do you want to make a difference in the world?

I desire to change women's lives by empowering them to see the entirety of their role in the kingdom of God, here – today – on this earth. God will reconcile all things back to himself, and I want women to see their part of this amazing story. God wants women to know him and to use their gifts for the ministry of reconciliation – reconciliation of the earth through environmental causes, racial reconciliation through the upending of systemically biased institutions, reconciliation of the sick, impoverished, or unwelcome, and the reconciliation of all people into a unified glorious body.

What would you say to the donors who made this scholarship possible?

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you for being the hands and feet of Jesus! Not only is the monetary value of the scholarship an incredible blessing, but your support is such an encouragement to my soul. It has served as yet another exhortation in my life and validated my desire to create a space that seeks equity inside the Church.
 


 

To create a scholarship fund or make a gift towards an existing scholarship fund, visit this webpage or call 800-365-4172.

Questions? Call 800-365-4172.

InFaith will begin accepting applications for our next round of scholarships in March 2020.