Shaquille Armstrong

McKendree University

Shaquille Armstrong, a sophomore sociology/criminal justice major at McKendree University, is an outstanding student leader who is firmly aware of social justice issues nationally and internationally. He is a student member of McKendree's Social Justice and Equity Committee, a leader of one of that committee's Connection Groups, a volunteer coordinator for the Lyn Huxford Center for Community Service, and vice president of the Black Student Organization. He plans to attend law school and become a public defender. His drive to help others is boundless, and he will be a terrific agent for positive change.

Dr. James Dennis
President
McKendree University

Personal Statement

My life philosophy is "Good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good gets better and your better gets its best."
My dedication, compassion, and respect for others drives my desire to serve. I am passionate about fostering changes in our laws and fighting world hunger. During high school, I volunteered in different organizations to help end world hunger. Also, I started my very own volunteering project entitled "Convicts Need Education Too," in which I sent over 200 copies of educational handbooks to six different prison facilities to help inmates increase their education. This experience served as a stepping stone for me.
Recently, I have found a love of service through helping children as the Coordinator of an after school craft program at Franklin Elementary. At McKendree University, I have had the privilege of reaching out to our next generation to influence them in any way I can. As a Student Ambassador for the Social Justice and Equity Committee and Vice-President of the Black Student Organization, I coordinate and plan events that are inclusive and educational for all groups of individuals.

Shaquille Armstrong
Sociology-Criminal Justice: Class of 2018
written 2016

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