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Check out some amazing things our NSLS members accomplished in October. Every month, we bring you inspiring stories of our members being recognized for their exemplary leadership skills. 

Our mission at the NSLS is to Build Leaders Who Make a Better World. Our members participate in social events, volunteer for charities, and take part in a wide range of community service initiatives nationwide. Upon graduation and entering the workforce, they apply the interpersonal skills they've acquired to start businesses, pursue promotions, and continue to implement what they’ve learned as NSLS members.

Nursing Student Awarded $15,000 Scholarship

Tonya Hensely, a nursing student at Stanislaus State, is a recipient of the Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar Award a $15,000 scholarship by the California State University Office of the Chancellor. Each year, CSU honors 23 students (one from each campus) to receive their highest recognition. Tonya earned the scholarship through hard work and her passion to help others. 

When she's not studying or taking care of her children as a single mother, she provides free childcare to other single working parents. During the pandemic, she helped seniors with their grocery shopping and other errands. Her love of children led her to pursue nursing school to become a labor and delivery nurse. She has made Dean's List and works as a student assistant for the School of Nursing in addition to her other charitable work. 

Read the full story from Stanislaus State >>


NSLS Member Appointed Army Reserve Ambassador

Beth A. Pritchard, University of Hartford chapter, has been confirmed as a United States Army Reserve Ambassador for Connecticut. She earned this distinction after holding several leadership roles, including founder and CEO of BETERI Consulting Group, a management consulting firm. She comes from a multigenerational military family and her spouse is a veteran who served as a US Army Defense Artillery Officer. She helped secure funding for military programs and organize transitional housing for veterans, plus many other initiatives. 

She helps to promote awareness of the Army Reserve's goals and objectives and keeps open lines of communication with the general public to further educate the community. Army Reserve Ambassadors provide community outreach assistance to Army Reserve members and families, military personnel, and act as a voice for feedback on plans, programs, and other needs of the Army Reserve. 

Read the full story at Defense Visual Information Distribution Service >>


Student Earns Scholarship from New Orleans Saints and Pelicans

Joshua Moreau has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. The scholarship is awarded to juniors and seniors who maintain at least a 3.0 GPA with plans to pursue a career in sports, tourism, or entertainment. The management major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette manages the Louisiana Ragin Cajun basketball team and was a volunteer coach at Teurlings High School basketball camp. 

His leadership and volunteer work extends beyond sports. He has performed community service with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, LBA Cares, and St. Joseph Diner. He plans on attending graduate school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette while continuing to manage the men's basketball team. His ultimate goal is to take the skills he's learned and become a general manager in the NBA. 

Read the full story from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette >>


Finance Executive Joins Discovery Park of America’s Leadership Team

Debra Craig has joined the leadership team at Discovery Park of America. The new Director of Finance will manage the business and financial aspects of the expansive museum and heritage park in Union City, Tennessee. 

She brings over 20 years of experience, a bachelor's degree in business administration, and a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She is active as a leader outside of her career as well, and is involved in many nonprofits and other community service initiatives.

She is vice president of the Obion County/Union City branch of the NAACP, and volunteers at the Delta Academy Youth Initiative, Trudy's Kids Cafe, and other community outreach programs. 

Read the full story from Discovery Park of America >>


NSLS Member Sworn in as Alumni Representative on the HCCC Board of Trustees

Nathan Andrews will be able to attend Davidson-Davie Community College free of charge thanks to Ignite Davie, a college promise program that pays tuition and fees with a stipend for books. To receive this scholarship, students must live and attend school in Davie County, North Carolina. 

Nathan's strong ties to the community will extend well beyond his studies. He plans on pursuing a career in law enforcement with the hopes of becoming a Deputy Sheriff at the Davie County Sheriff's Office and a wildlife resource officer. 

An Honor Roll student in high school, Nathan graduated early by taking on extra credits. At 18, he is already half-way through his associate's degree in criminal justice and looks forward to starting basic law enforcement training. 

Read the full story at the Davie County Enterprise Record >>


Other NSLS Members Receiving Recognition IN OCTOBER:

Taiphane Orange of Brookdale Community College was honored as a Rising Star at the NJBIA's 7th Annual Women Business Leaders Forum. This honor is only awarded to five students who demonstrate a high level of academic work, community service, and overall leadership. Full Story >>

Diona Eberhart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was recently announced as a recipient of the American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship, which assists minorities pursuing a graduate degree and leadership position within the profession and the ALA. Full Story >>

Chevonne Denson of Northcentral University graduated with a doctorate degree in educational leadership after being named Georgia Athletic Coach of the Year, a District Teacher of the Year finalist, and many other notable recognitions. Full Story >>

Maria Crawford, New York Institute of Technology (Long Island), is helping high school students discover their love for STEM. As an intern with Brentwood High School, she mentored and inspired younger students in engineering and science-related projects. Full Story >>

Two NSLS members at Indiana University of Pennsylvania have been named to the Crimson Court. Anastasia Ksenia Benc and Katarina Noll will represent the College of Health and Human Services based on their academic standing, involvement on campus, and student body votes. Full Story >>