Babson's Natalie Taylor Scholars Create Solutions For Change

The Natalie Taylor Scholar Program featured nine Babson College students who presented their service learning projects in the programs annual showcase.

This past May the Natalie Taylor Scholar Program featured nine Babson College students who presented their service learning projects in the programs annual showcase. Students who are accepted into the program must complete a combination of core requirements that are closely aligned to reflect Babson’s values that in order to prepare future leaders to make an impact, they must enable them with the support, tools, and experience necessary in order reshape organizations,industries,and the world in a socially conscious manner. 

The final deliverable, the Natalie Taylor Capstone Experience Be the Change, requires students to develop a project around an aspect of social change, providing the support that encourages participants to augment their passions by turning them into reality in the hopes of creating graduating students who are engaged, socially responsible global leaders. ​​ 

2012 Natalie Taylor Scholar Showcase 

Inspired by his trip to Africa, Kyle Shute, a 2012 Taylor Fellow, focused his project towards making a difference in the lives of children in Cape Verde. After hearing of a colleague who was heading to Cape Verde to renovate the Nho Sjunga shelter ( a project run through the Cape Verde Children’s Coalition), Shoot was driven to create Project Playground, a non-profit aimed to raise enough money to build a playground for the children of the Nho Sjuna Shelter. Stating that recreational outlets provide children with a cultural form of expression and helps create a strong sense of self, Project Playground hopes to raise 20,000 dollars to send 15 Babson employees to create a play space for the children of Cape Verde by 2013. 

Marissa Uvanovic, another Taylor Lee Scholar, also worked focused her efforts in Cape Verde, working in conjunction with the Cape Verde Children’s Coalition to research and developed a model of rehabilitation for survivors of sexual exploitation and abuse to be implemented into an existing shelter. Transforming her passion for social work, particularly relating to rehabilitating trauma and violence, Marissa was able to have the resources to create an idea that would implement real and lasting change.

“One of the best parts of the Taylor Scholar program is that it brings together a group of like-minded students who are equally as passionate about and dedicated to social change. To have this experience at Babson was crucial to the development of my career and self," said Uvanovic. 

Morgan Houk, turned her passion for a sustainable food industry, into action. After identifying fundamental issues contributing to the state of our current food system, Morgan created a framework to develop her solution. The scope of her project focused on utilizing greater Boston’s public transportation system to connect commuters of all socioeconomic groups to the food that they eat. The goal of her project included expanding the farmer’s market system even further by reaching customers who cannot access weekly markets. Morgan was able to see her idea come into fruition, as she accepted a position with the Massachusetts Farmers Market ​which will provide her the extra resources to implement her plan in the next growing year. Kyle, Marissa and Morgan are just some of many Taylor  Scholars whose ideas transformed into meaningful solutions. See a full list of the 2012 Natalie Taylor Scholar participants below: 

The students who presented at this year’s 2012 showcase include:

  • Morgan Houk

    • Kale at the Rail: Creating Food Access Points through Greater Boston’s Public Transportation System

  • Martika Jenkins 

    • ESL Curriculum: Helping Haitian immigrants adjust to American Society 

  • Tim McDonald

    • Soci@l Students: Promoting the use of social media for social good by connecting passionate, tech-savvy students with quality organizations

  • Amy Mon 

    • League of Translators: Bridging the gap between future leaders and their immigrant parents 

  • Miquel Vasquez & Alina Rodriquez

    • Changemakers Connect: Creating a space for collaboration and networking on socially driven projects

  • Kyle Shute 

    • Playground Project: Raising funding and sending 15 Babson students to Cape Verde to construct a playground for orphans

  • Emilio Siman 

    • El Salvador Entrepreneurship Program: Teaching entrepreneurship skills to teenagers and women

  • Marissa Uvanovic 

    • Nho Djunga Project Support: “The hunger for love is just as crucial as the hunger for bread.” 

The Natalie Taylor Scott program was designed with the intention to formally engage students in service experiences embedded in their academic and co-curricular courses. Originating in 2009, the program aims to recognize and reward community and civic engagement, and distinguish students who have committed themselves to service, community engagement, and social responsibility.

“The Taylor Scholar Program provided the opportunity for me to engage with other like-minded who were committed to service, community engagement, and social responsibility. It was a safe environment to take risk, experiment and develop my passion project. I was able to live and put into practice my entrepreneurial thought and action, “ said Miguel Vazquez, a student in the program who focused his capstone, Changemakers Connect, on connecting socially responsible individuals by providing a space for collaboration and networking on socially driven projects. 

Babson College, who’s institutional mission is preparing tomorrow’s leaders by introducing them to today’s world, is excited to offer their students opportunities such as the Natalie Taylor Lee Scott Program, as it introduces students to Babson’s way of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action while providing resources and strategies for students to think about company and world issues through their classes,cases, speakers, and scheduled activities. ​​​​​

By Hilary Katulak, 781-239-4623,  | 7/17/2012 2:44 PM