Merryn Spence ’19 isn’t afraid to tackle a challenge and help people. Even if it means getting her hands dirty — literally.
As a Davies Community Service Leader, Merryn designed a curriculum for Grow Meadville, a summer program that provides area children with educational experiences and increases access to fresh food. Merryn worked alongside students in a community garden as they dug into the soil and learned to grow produce and, later, to cook it. At the same time, the young people cultivated their problem-solving skills.
“It was really incredible to get to know these students, to help them understand more about their community and how they can get involved,” says Merryn of the program, which is part of the College’s Community Wellness Initiative.
“Everything that I’m experiencing and learning here is meshing together,” says Merryn, a global health studies major and community and justice studies minor. She’s also president of I Heart Meadville, a student group that works to strengthen the relationship between the College and the community.
Born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Merryn also has citizenship in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has continued to develop that international perspective through the College’s Global Citizen Scholars Program.
“The opportunities I have had since attending Allegheny have changed my perspective and understanding of Meadville, learning, relationships, and knowledge of the world, and for that, I am incredibly grateful,” says Merryn.
With your generous support of the Annual Fund today, Allegheny College can challenge Merryn and fellow students not only to delve deeply into challenging issues in the classroom. But also to apply their abilities in the region and around the world.
Your gift to the Annual Fund is crucial
Your gift to the Annual Fund is crucial to providing the resources required for the close-knit, empowering learning environment for which Allegheny is nationally recognized. Your support helps the College fulfill its bold, timeless mission to prepare students like Merryn to lead, dig into complex challenges, and create positive change — close to home and afar.
Send a check to Allegheny College Annual Fund, 520 N. Main St, Meadville, PA 16335