Three Students Nominated for Barlow Trophy
Alma College seniors James Allen IV of Harbor Springs, William Allen
of Unionville and William “Buddy” Scarborough III of Washington are the
2009 nominees for the Barlow Trophy, Alma’s most prestigious award for
a graduating senior.
Established in 1949 by Dr. Joel Barlow, a 1929 honors graduate of Alma College, the award will be presented at Alma’s annual Honors Convocation on Thursday, April 2.
The award recognizes academic achievement for students in the top 10 percent of their class as well as contributions to campus and community. The Barlow winner is determined by a vote of Alma’s Student Congress and faculty.
James Allen IV has been extensively involved with Alma College’s Center for Responsible Leadership, Model United Nations and campus religious life. A graduate of Harbor Springs High School, he is the son of James III and Debra Allen. He is majoring in foreign policy with a minor in economics.
An active member of the inaugural class of the Center for Responsible Leadership, James Allen was a member of the Student Advisory Board and worked to strengthen the Center’s programming. He also developed the 30-Hour Famine, a fundraising event for malnutrition through World Vision. More than 65 students raised more than $3,300 for the cause.
His on-going interest in world hunger provided opportunities in numerous ways, including being a mentor on Alma’s Model UN team. With the help of Posey-Global and other scholarships, he served three weeks in the Philippines, interned for 10 weeks in Rwanda and Burundi, and worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization and World Food Programme while interning at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. Agencies in Rome.
As a student ministry coordinator for four years, James Allen organized weekly Chapel services, led the worship band and expanded its size and repertoire, and delivered messages. He also modeled service by leading alternative break trips and volunteering at Community Cafe and with other local organizations. He also is co-founder of New Life, a student-led Christian organization.
William Allen has addressed campus disability issues, assisted with first-year orientation, and conducted international research. A graduate of Valley Lutheran High School in Saginaw, he is the son of Rev. Michael and Lynda Allen. He also has volunteered with local organizations, including Special Olympics and Relay for Life.
His commitment to campus disability issues included the development of “Project: Able,” an effort to enhance awareness of disability issues. He also helped coordinate Disability Awareness Week with sponsored workshops replicating the challenges faced by the blind, wheelchair bound and deaf. He was a campus leader in making accessibility a priority for funding that included the development of wheelchair ramps, power building entrances, and reduced doorway thresholds.
William Allen’s three years of involvement on the Orientation Committee involved finding ways to enhance the first few days of the college experience for first-year students. He led activities, mentored small groups, built relationships and designed a leadership curriculum focused on interpersonal communication, group dynamics and situational training.
His international research experiences included traveling to Ecuador as part of a Spring Term course; assisting the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, a school for disadvantaged girls in Juarez, Mexico; and serving as a student representative and session leader for the Common Table Project, a bi-national effort to explore and address environmental pressures on indigenous Tarahumaran farmers in Mexico.
William “Buddy” Scarborough III played football, taught students in Ghana, and participated in six alternative breaks while majoring in sociology. A graduate of Romeo High School, he is the son of William and Christine Scarborough.
A captain of the football team his senior year, Scarborough was awarded the Pete Schmidt Student-Athlete Award by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for community involvement. He also was an MIAA second team all-conference player and academic all-district second team honoree.
He was awarded a P-Global grant to teach English, mathematics and environmental studies to students in the village of Denu, Ghana, for two months in 2007. In 2008, he served a Discovering Vocation internship with Michigan Peace Team, a non-profit organization. He studied theories of nonviolent interventions and participated in a domestic peace-team.
Scarborough also participated in numerous service trips on projects related to disaster relief, inner city poverty, refugee awareness and environmental advocacy in Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Utah and Chicago. He also mentored local youth, compiling more than 300 hours of community service in one year as an AmeriCorps Michigan Service Scholar.
Posted: Thu, March 5th, 2009 at 9:50AM