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Chelsea Duff Awarded the Barlow Trophy

April 08, 2013

Chelsea Duff has served local and global communities in multiple ways while pursuing an elementary education major. She promoted reading at a local elementary school and organized campus activities for foster children.

Chelsea Duff of Marlette has been awarded the 2013 Barlow Trophy, Alma College’s most prestigious award for a graduating senior.

The award, which is voted on by Student Congress and faculty members, is presented to a graduating student in the top 10 percent of the senior class who has made incredible contributions to both the campus and the community.

A graduate of Marlette High School, she is the daughter of Roger and Kimberly Duff.

Duff has served local and global communities in multiple ways while pursuing an elementary education major. She promoted reading at a local elementary school, organized campus activities for foster children and collaborated with other elementary education majors as members of Kappa Delta Pi, the education honorary.

As vice president of the student organization Forgotten Children of Eastern Europe, Duff worked to enrich the lives of foster children through presentations and fundraisers. During a service trip to Ukraine, she volunteered with a family of 10 orphans and promoted local adoption in order to reduce the population at public orphanages in the Eastern European country.

Her participation with the Center for Responsible Leadership enabled her to assist with the planning for the annual Alma Fall Festival, which brings campus organizations and downtown businesses together. Grants from the CRL made it possible for her to enroll in Spring Term courses in Peru, where she worked in low-income kindergarten classrooms, and across Europe, where she studied global approaches to sustainability.

She also served as a resident assistant for two years, cared for ill and abused children during Alternative Break service opportunities, participated in chapel activities and led campus tours for the Admissions Office.

Earlier this spring, Duff was awarded a post-graduate Fulbright Scholarship to teach English to elementary students in the country of South Korea. Following her yearlong Fulbright experience, Duff plans to attend graduate school, pursue a reading specialist degree and teach in areas affected by rural poverty.