Steele, a 21-year-old from Hilton Head Island who was the university’s Outstanding Woman of the Year, said that work, inspired by classes in the Arnold School of Public Health, helped set her career course.
“Everything I learned in the classroom I could apply in the public-health initiative” in Waverly, she said. She will leave in the fall on a Fulbright scholarship to Argentina. After that, Steele plans to pursue a master’s degree in public health and hopes to work for a non-profit in nutrition or maternal and children’s health.
“My dad said yesterday, ‘Jess, I’m so happy. I feel like you’ve had a really, really great experience here.’ And I have,” said Steele, who majored in English, public health and international studies.
Scriven, from Monmouth, N.J., will attend medical school at Georgetown University in August. She has spent four years volunteering at the Waverly center. Her work there “helped me learn the challenges the populations face” and the importance of positive health practices, eating healthy and getting regular exercise.
“It’s challenging to introduce those new habits to children. It takes a lot of effort and dedication,” Scriven said. “But the kids trusted us.”