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ACT Annual Student Scholarship & Program Fund for Service & Leadership: In Memory of Leigh Lane Edwards

Leigh Lane Edwards

"Leadership, like hope, ‘begins and ends in what stirs our hearts’... the social issues that cause our heart to break also inspire us to hope for change, and this hope fuels vision for leadership and action towards meaningful change. Without hope, leadership is impossible…it is imperative that the heart and the hands work together to produce change. The heart provides the passion and commitment, and the hands provide the empowering leadership which leads the way to meaningful social change through activism." -Leigh Lane Edwards, December 2003

This fund was named in memory of a very special Appalachian student, Ms. Leigh Lane Edwards. When Leigh Lane entered Appalachian’s class of 2007, she made it her “job” to serve every person, program, and community-based organization that she could fit into her day. She was a stellar student who touched the hearts of everyone she met and truly lived the life of what it means to be a servant-leader. Leigh Lane passed away in December 2005, in the middle of her junior year of college. The news of her untimely death sent a shock wave across the campus that thousands of people felt and still remember to this day. In just 2.5 years, she had already left a powerful legacy that will live on for many years to come.

A few months before her death, Leigh Lane signed up to participate in one of ACT’s international service-learning courses that traveled to Bolivia. Leigh Lane was not able to participate in this experience, but we know that she would have wanted future Appalachian students to have this opportunity. It is our goal to raise enough money to assist ASU students with fulfilling their dreams of serving abroad -- whether it be in Bolivia, Wales, India, or Ghana. These trips are often expensive (ranging from $1,200 to $9,000 depending on location and duration), but we know first-hand the impact that they can have when students are provided the opportunity to engage in active, responsible, global citizenship.

Similar to other study abroad programs, international service-learning programs provide students the opportunity to get course credit, learn the customs/culture/language, and travel during/after their experience, but because they are immersed in the lives, situations, and issues that the people of that region face on a day-to-day basis, they often to get know them in a different, more in-depth way than in a traditional study abroad program.

Please help us support current and future Appalachian students afford these and other unique service opportunities by contributing to this Fund. You can donate online. Choose "Other Fund" under the Annual Giving drop-down menu, and put "ACT Student Fund" in the comments box at the bottom of the page. If you are an employee of Appalachian State, you can choose "Employee Payroll Deductions" in the left column to make it even easier (again, put "ACT Student Fund" in the box where it asks you for the area you wish to support).

Thank you!

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