The Barnabas Servant Leadership Award is given to rising seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership on campus or in the community. The purpose of these awards is to promote the ideals of servant leadership. Awardees are recognized during Fall Convocation, and receive a monetary grant and additionally receive a matching grant to be awarded to the charity of their choice.
Why: The summer after my first year at Eastern, I was an intern for Come Unity. During this time, I got the amazing experience to learn from the founder while getting professional experience. Come Unity is a very unique nonprofit, with three simple goals for the communities they aid: meet basic needs by providing food, water, and sanitation, provide education for children through sponsorship, and create sustainable communities. Through these goals, Come Unity is dedicated to education and helping the community to become sustainable.
Through the past three years at Eastern I have had numerous opportunities in leadership roles to give back to our community. Every position which I have held has influenced me a great deal. During my time as Chair of the Student Activities Board, I learned how to run a meeting, delegate tasks, time manage, work out conflicts, work with a team, and ultimately learned how to have fun even when we were running around at the last minute to finalize an event. During this time, SAB influenced me through the understanding that even when you are the leader you must rely on your members.
After I graduate in December, I will be starting at Vanguard in January as a Processing Associate. For this position I will be studying to obtain two financial licenses to be able to perform the job long-term.
Dylan a previous Chamberlain Award winner '15 (for his contributions to Student Development and positive impact on the Eastern Community) is one of the most ambitions leaders we have had in the program. Most notably Dylan has served in leadership positions for Student Activities Board (SAB chair for 2 years), a Resident Assistant in K-G, President of the First Year class, Special Assistant to the LFP Board, and numerous tiles and roles in the Office of Talent and Careers. We thank Dylan for all of his years of servant-leadership and are excited to see how God will use him at Vanguard and beyond.