Denzel Williams is a senior Environmental Health Science major at Benedict College in Columbia, SC. He exemplifies his major through his active engagement in projects and activities that support youth and adolescents in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. He has participated in projects with Clemson University Cooperative Extension SC 4-H, a youth development and mentoring organization that focuses on preparing young people to make a positive impact in their communities and the world. He has also engaged in the Benedict College Xtreme Technology Event (XTE), is one of the fastest growing scientific competitions designed to expose high school students to different perspectives on the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
As a Presidential Scholar and a member of the College's Service-Learning & Leadership Development Leadership Institute, he has been instrumental in serving as a role model for his peers. During his matriculation, he has held several leadership positions on campus to include, Secretary of Brothers In Unity, President of the Benedict College Collegiate 4-H Club, and Competition Ambassador of the Benedict College Xtreme Technology Program.
It is such an honor to be considered for the Newman Civic Fellowship because, like Frank Newman, I enjoy creating solutions for campus and community needs. I began my service experience a freshman at Benedict College mentoring at-risk youth in low income communities, and volunteering at local agencies that educate and increase awareness in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). I continued service through Brothers In Unity, a student-led service-learning outreach initiative designed to assist Benedict College males in their academic growth and success. Through the establishment of a brotherhood, the organization provides guidance and support for a cadre of college men who serves as mentors for the campus and wider community. Throughout my matriculation, I have engaged in projects and activities that support youth and adolescents within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. The skills I have gained through service-learning has allowed me to impact the lives of high school students as a college mentor and to experience the joy of interacting with children providing different perspectives on the world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The time I spent is incomparable to the feeling I receive after the service