UNCW Student Kayla Churchill Earns Community Impact Award

Kayla Churchill

Monday, November 05, 2012

Wilmington, N.C. - UNC Wilmington junior Kayla Churchill received a 2012 Community Impact Award Nov. 3 from North Carolina Campus Compact. She is one of 17 recipients statewide. The award recognizes college students who make significant, innovative efforts to address local community needs.

Churchill, from Emerald Isle, N.C., serves as a program leader in the UNCW Center for Leadership Education and Service (CLES), organizing and implementing the annual Angel Tree Christmas gift program, chairing the STOP HUNGER NOW program, and organizing students to volunteer at local senior centers. She is the junior class president and active in the Student Government Association. Churchill is also a leader in her sorority, Alpha Phi, where she has organized service events for members.  

"Winning this award has truly made me realize how important it is for students to volunteer," she said. "Oftentimes, students feel apathetic about volunteering because there is no direct incentive in doing so. However, I am proof that people do notice your hard work and dedication." 

Churchill hopes to inspire other students to "keep volunteering and be persistent about making a difference."

The community service award wass presented at North Carolina Campus Compact’s annual student conference, held Nov. 3 at UNCW. About 125 students from 18 campuses participated in the conference. NC Campus Compact is an association of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus-community engagement. Since 2002, the Compact has hosted a conference where student leaders learn and share strategies to address community issues.

Campus Compact Media Contact: Chad Fogleman, 336.278.7197, or cfogleman2@elon.edu.

UNCW Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations, 910.962.7631 or weavera@uncw.edu.