Axel Bayingana

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Axel Bayingana, a sophomore at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is an actively engaged student leader who epitomizes a rare breed of outstanding scholarship and virtuous maturity. Mr. Bayingana's commitment to undertaking progressively responsible leadership roles on campus and beyond, have clearly revealed to him the reality of the current social and economic environment of this region. Therefore, he has welcomed the opportunity to educate his contemporaries about the importance of community outreach through volunteerism. He understands the impact that volunteers have on the health and well-being of communities and how volunteers make a difference in the day-to-day life of many people in the eastern shore area. These opportunities allow Axel to be able to increase his knowledge of community need and civic responsibility.

Juliette Bell
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Personal Statement

I can relate to some of the challenges facing my community, like poverty, in Somerset County, Maryland. My family instilled in me the values of helping others at a young age, so I am passionate about helping others. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore does a great job in providing us students with opportunities to engage in community service. I am consistently one of the volunteers because it is a great feeling to be able to make someone else life easier and better or make a difference in a community. I have contributed to multiple community service projects, but my favorite is the Chesapeake Housing Mission ramp build projects. We (UMES students) build a ramp for a disabled person or an elderly individual to make it easier for them to get in or out the house. At the end of every project, we get to meet the people we build the ramp for, to see them happy and grateful, and to know that I contributed to make that person very happy, it is a priceless feeling. So I think if more people gave their time to help others or the community, we would have better communities.

Axel Bayingana
Mechanical Engineering: Class of 2019
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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