Published: Tue May 6, 2014
Tennessee Tech University senior Megan Kelly, of Pigeon Forge, received the 2014 Distinguished Service Learning Award sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
The award is presented to one TTU student who has demonstrated exceptional service learning and leadership through the university. The award is given every spring at TTU’s annual luncheon forum.
“Megan embodies a true student leader and has proven her dedication to her fellow students, her college education and the local and national communities through her service work,” said TTU sociology assistant professor Jennifer Schlosser.
Kelly is a sociology and criminal justice major. She said her interest in service projects stems from her childhood when firefighters from across the country came to put out a wildfire in her hometown.
Kelly coordinated and participated in booths in Relay for Life, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. She also worked as game coordinator at Ghouls at Grassmere, an annual zoo fundraiser for the community aimed toward children under the age of 12.
Throughout her four years as a member of Omega Phi Alpha, Kelly has completed around 300 volunteer service hours. Omega Phi Alpha is a national community service sorority that focuses on service around the university and community. Kelly is the president of Tennessee Tech’s Epsilon chapter.
Kelly volunteers for Structured Athletics for Challenged Children, an athletic program developed for children with physical or mental disabilities that helps them develop social skills and higher self-esteem.
“She has shown me that there are far more important things in life than just wins and losses,” said Jessica Sterling, Kelly’s high school softball coach. “She has shown me that family and the value for life outweigh anything athletically.”
The awards were presented at TTU’s annual luncheon forum April 29.