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Senior earns service award

Jan. 22, 2010


By Tori Liggett

Alumna Amanda Beattie received the Scholar of Promise Award for 2009 for her service in the community.

Beattie is one of 29 students chosen from universities across the United States, and the only Baylor student to be awarded in 2009.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars awards outstanding individuals for their dedication in improving the lives of children. To receive such an award the individual has to complete 50 hours of youth-oriented community service in a 12-month period, according to the NSCS Web site.

Recognized students are acknowledged on the NSCS Web site and receive a certificate and letter.

"Service has always been an important part of my life," Beattie said. "During high school I spent time volunteering at church, leadership programs, local soup kitchens and other community programs. It seemed only natural to continue this in college."

Beattie has been involved in service ever since she was in high school and was invited to join NSCS her freshman year at Baylor.

"My life has been greatly impacted by service. I have many friends and memories that I will always cherish," Beattie said. "For me, service is much more than just helping out. It is showing others God's love and compassion."

She was not only an outstanding student but contributed to service on and off campus. While at Baylor, Beattie participated in the Baylor LEAF program, which allowed her to help children from Spanish-speaking families with their English.

She also volunteered at Meals on Wheels. By applying what she learned in her nutrition science classes, Beattie helped by packaging meals and delivering them.

"Amanda is an extremely hard worker, but at the same time she is very compassionate and considerate of others," alumnus Bryan Fonville, who worked with Beattie, said.

"I was always amazed at how she was able to balance class work and service in the community. I am not surprised that she has been honored with the Scholar of Promise Award. She was never the type of person to take the recognition, but I know that she will be humbled by the honor."

Beattie is now living in Houston, working as a dietetic intern at Michael E DeBakey Veteran Affairs Medical Center and continuing her education by taking classes at Texas Woman's University-Houston Medical Center.

Moving to a new city has not kept Beattie from continuing to serve. She is currently volunteering at Hugh O'Brien youth leadership, which is dedicated to developing a community of youth and volunteers who take an active part in service.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honor society of outstanding freshmen and sophomores who have a 3.4 GPA and rank in the top 20 percent of their class.

NSCS provides students with encouragement and tools to participate in their community and in taking an active part on their campus, according to NSCS Web site.

"Service is an especially important part of our organization," Steve Loflin, executive director and founder of NSCS, said.

"We are very proud to recognize members who make an effort above and beyond to help to provide children the building blocks they need for a good education."

NSCS is partners with Americas Promise, an organization for youth growth. Americas Promise Alliance makes children a priority by working on an ongoing drop-out prevention initiative.

They strive to equip kids with the tools to finish school and prepare them for college, according to the America's Promise Web site.