Charitable Words Announces Scholars

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Three University of Cincinnati students have been selected as Charitable Words Scholars, joining three previously announced scholars with assignments to do important work in much different places, from local nonprofits to humanitarian projects globally.

University Cincinnati senior Tia Garcia has been assigned as a Charitable Words Scholar with Melodic Connections, which provides music therapy-based services to students with special needs. She will be involved in social media outreach and engagement, manage digital content and create videos of student performances. Tia, a journalism and communications major, is multimeditor of the News-Record, and active in student government as Director of Ethnic and Cultural Affairs.

Charitable Words Scholars Brandie Potzcik and Kaytlyn Exeler will travel to Nicaragua in March with Serve Beyond Cincinnati, a University of Cincinnati student group that organizes alternative spring and winter break service trips in the U.S. and abroad. The School of Journalism students will film and write a documentary about Serve Beyond’s work in construction projects to increase quality of lives around the world. Past projects include the construction of bunk housing, school and church buildings, and single-family homes in various cities throughout Mexico. The organization assisted in the New Orleans relief, clean-up, and rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Previously, Charitable Words announced these assignments:

Sarah Jernigan is an intern at Cincinnati’s East End Adult Education Center for the Spring semester. Sarah, a University of Cincinnati communications junior, is writing for the education center’s newsletter, media relations and grant proposals. She also tutors students and help the center prepare for a May fundraiser.

Richard Elliott, Executive Director at Village Life Outreach Project, will travel to East Africa with a University of Cincinnati Journalism School class in March. The “Telling True Stories in Tanzania” project document the Cincinnati-based nonprofit’s humanitarian work in Tanzania.

Sarah Carpenter completed an internship with Social Venture Partners Cincinnati, in which she worked on web site maintenance and marketing. Sarah is a third-year Communication and English Literature major with a minor in Management and certificates in Public Relations and Service Learning.

About Charitable Words Scholars:

Charitable Words Scholars matches students interested in the humanitarian sector with nonprofits in Greater Cincinnati and around the world. Charitable Words, its advisory board and friends will be available as a resource and mentors.
Tom and Maureen Callinan and The Callinan Family Fund are sponsors of the Charitable Words Scholars. Tom, a long-time journalist and former Editor of The Cincinnati Enquirer, is now a nonprofit advocate and activist. Tom also is affiliated with the University of Cincinnati Journalism program as McMicken Professor of Journalism and is a frequent guest lecturer at classes. Maureen is an elder law attorney, small business owner and involved in engaged philanthropy and volunteer work.

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