Sean West, Mesa Community College
Sean West, an exceptionally energetic Mesa Community College second year student, devoted 18 months as an Assistant Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America and served a two year volunteer mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a student leader, Sean served as the President of the Latter-day Saint Student Association and the Vice-President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Omicron Beta Chapter. He organized fundraising events for the American Cancer Society, and developed the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development series assisting students in developing critical skills. Sean mentored and tutored local GED students, and enlisted many college peers to do the same. He collaborated with community partners to educate the local population on supplemental PTSD support services, and assisted in developing financial literacy workshops, educating students and the community on components of effective financing. Sean holds true to the words of George Washington Carver, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” He has engaged and excelled both academically and civically. He will continue to be persistent in his pursuit of higher learning as well as in the growth and development of his community.
-President Shouan Pan, Ph.D., Mesa Community College
Growing up I was engaged with service through my religious association, however I never had any emotional attachment to those activities. After dropping out of high school at the age of 16, I began working full-time in customer service. This daily association with customers provided me an opportunity to uplift those I came in contact with. My desire to serve developed once I saw I could improve the lives of others through my actions and words. From this beginning I have continued to enjoy organizing and being involved in activities and events which benefit others. Furthermore, as I engage in service I see growth within myself that allows my influence to extend to larger spheres. I have come to cherish the relationships that I have developed through my service. Ultimately, the connections I have developed with people whom I serve and work with have drawn me back time and time again to pursue greater and deeper involvement with my community.
-Sean A. West, Mesa Community College