by Grace Elkus
After writing my article about the stipends Elon University’s School of Law provides for students doing summer internships, I learned more from law student Jason Senges about how the program works and am excited to share this information on The Pendulum blog. The Public Interest Law Society (PILS) stipend only goes to a student that is doing public interest work. Last year’s recipients worked in a public defender’s office and with Guardian and Litern. The stipends for the Leadership Fellows benefit non-profit and public interest practices by enabling them to have interns work for them because the interns can work for free. As Senges explained, had it not been for the stipend, he would not have been able to work for the entirety of the summer. The stipends are a way the law students can give back to the communities, according to Senges. If Elon wanted to give similar stipends to undergraduates, they would be for students working over the summer in programs that benefit the community and potentially change lives. Senges suggested the undergraduate Leadership Fellows would be a good organization to start fundraising for student stipends.
Although I do think the School of Communications or the Love School of Business could benefit from a stipend program, which I mentioned in the article, I now understand the nature of the internships the law students were participating in. I think a stipend that not only helps a student but also the organization for which they are interning is a very intriguing and worthy concept.
Want to know more? Check out Grace’s original article.
I am so glad I had the chance to interview Stacey Crutchfield, an Elon sophomore who is also an Elon Academy scholar. Stacey has lived in Burlington her whole life, and both sets of her grandparents are from Alamance County. None of Stacey’s grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles or older cousins attended college, so she never seriously considered applying.
Stacey told me she wasn’t motivated to try very hard in her classes her freshman year of high school. But when she heard about Elon Academy, she decided to fill out the application. She was one of 26 students accepted into the program. It was there she realized that college was more than just some “far off idea.” She began doing better in class and challenging herself in harder courses. She was also happy that the Academy included her family in some of the meetings, so they could understand how the program could help her apply to college and for grants and scholarships.
Stacey had never been interested in attending Elon because it was so close to her home. But when she was offered the Odyssey scholarship, which provided her with generous academic and social support, she knew she could not pass up the opportunity. Now that she’s a student at Elon, Stacey works with the Academy to coordinate the summer program and works with the younger scholars.
I was truly inspired by Stacey. She is extremely self-motivated and made me realize that so many of us take going to college for granted – an obvious next step after high school. I look forward to writing more articles for the Pendulum that allow me interview such motivated and passionate people.
Look for Grace’s story about the Elon Academy in this week’s issue of The Pendulum.