Sophie Ramsey

University of Mount Union

Ms. Ramsey - a sophomore majoring in International Affairs and Diplomacy, and French, and minoring in Peacebuilding and Social Justice, and Legal Studies - has shown her dedication to civic engagement and social change through her formal studies and her time outside the classroom. An outstanding student, Ms. Ramsey is one of the University's Presidential Scholars, a Raider Guide for first year students, an advocate for sustainability as a member of the Green Raiders, and a member of the pre-law society on campus. She is also a member of the Black Student Union and the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. Ms. Ramsey was selected to represent the University at the 2016 Democratic National Convention where she interned for CBSN. In the fall Ms. Ramsey and one of her peers started a weekly yoga club, Good Vibes Only, where students are encouraged to spend time doing yoga and sharing positivity. This semester Ms. Ramsey worked worked a small team of students to organize Hunger Week, a campus campaign that raised money for the local pantry while increasing awareness about hunger around the world. Ms. Ramsey plans to attend law school and eventually work for the State Department after finishing her time at Mount Union. She is known on campus for her dedication to inclusivity, academics and involvement.

Richard Merriman Jr.
University of Mount Union

Personal Statement

Growing up with as many blessings as I've had, realizing the privileges I've been awarded throughout my life were at times hard to swallow. But in realizing these privileges, I have become distinctly aware of the role I have to play in this world to correct social injustices and imbalances. In this way, political action has become important to me: I've tried to mobilize the campus community through Voter Registration and campaign events after attending the Democratic National Convention. But I'm also looking for solutions locally - some friends and I arranged a Stop Hunger Now campaign on our campus to raise money for our local food pantry. Another friend and I created Good Vibes Only, a yoga and mental health club on campus to help spread positivity. We are looking for ways, as a community, to overcome our own issues in hopes that we can not only correct injustices but create empathy for one another. In these many small ways, I have tried to mobilize positivity and participation - not on my own, but with others - and hope to continue to do so for our campus and community to grow.

Sophie Ramsey
International Affairs and Diplomacy, French : Class of May 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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