Lakeland’s Ulrich Scholars Bring the Community Together

Lakeland University Ulrich Scholar, Alexa Yost.

Karla Ceja, Staff Reporter

Lakeland University promotes students to explore faith, ethics, and social justice with the Ulrich Scholars program. The Ulrich Scholars program offers students full tuition while discovering and expanding their knowledge within the faith and community. This program is led by Reverend Dr. Karl Kuhn and Reverend Dr. Mavity Maddalena, who guide students along the way on their paths toward making change in their communities.

Cal MacAuely, an Ulrich scholar pursuing a religion studies major, said the Ulrich scholarship provides opportunities to learn about social justice and how it affects our lives today. This scholarship is a huge help for MacAuely, as it allows more time to focus on their community. Another Ulrich Scholar, Jacob Roberts said, “It has absolutely been a blessing to be a part of this group, and I wouldn’t trade my experiences for anything”

Besides exploring faith, Ulrich Scholars also have the opportunity to play sports at Lakeland. Ulrich Scholar, Alexa Yost is on the Women’s basketball team. Yost wants to give back to the community to be able to change people’s lives in any way she can. During her first two years with the program, they have volunteered at Nourish Farms, by cleaning in the kitchen and working on small projects in their garage. With this experience, Yost felt they made a difference in the community and it taught them new skills. “Being able to help out anywhere in the community is important because it shows you care and that you want to help others,” said Yost.