Meet the Interns – Fall 2018!

Hi Everyone! Welcome to fall, and the start of a new school year. A new school year always brings changes, this time, there are some new interns around the AMF office! These interns are ready to help put on the AMF programs and gain beneficial work experience and skills.

We have five interns this fall, who each have their own position and programs they support. As we all know, Netflix can be a college student’s best friend so I asked each of them if they had a favorite Netflix show or if they had a Netflix show about their own life, what would it feature and here’s what they had to say.

Maddie GraphicMy name is Madeline Miller. I am a senior studying Communications, Journalism and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati. I am from Oregon, Ohio and my role with AMF this fall is the Events Intern and you’ll be hearing a lot more from me on the blog this semester. If I had my own Netflix show, it would be called “What Brings You Joy” and it would feature interviews with interesting and positive people, similar to Oprah’s ‘Soulful Sundays’ show. I love hearing the stories of other people and how they bring joy into others’ lives (by their words, actions, etc.) and I want to share those stories with a large audience.

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The next intern is Kayla. Kayla is a junior studying Advertising, Digital Media, and Public Relations at Xavier University. She is from Fairfield, Ohio and her role with AMF is the Youth Leadership Seminar intern. “I enjoy Black Mirror on Netflix because I’m fascinated with technology and it relates to my life since I always try to have the newest gadgets around.”

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Next intern up is Morgan Klepper. Morgan is a junior studying Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Sandusky, Ohio and her role at AMF is the Program Planning & Development Intern. “If I had my own TV show it would be a talk show and I would probably name it ‘Morning’s with Morgan.’ Even though I’m not a morning person, I love watching talk shows, especially Ellen, so it feature very similar things. “

 

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Fourth on the list, is Liz Baenziger. Liz is a senior studying Communications and Public Relations at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Mason, Ohio (Go Comets!) and her roles at AMF include Topgolf Tailgate Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator for Hall of Fame Golf Classic. Her favorite Netflix Show is Gilmore Girls, because “I just really want to be the third Gilmore Girl, so I watch this on Netflix all the time and pretend I live in Stars Hollow. I feel like Rory and Lorelai are my actual friends in real life and we would just drink lots of coffee and talk about books together.”

Sarah GraphicLast but not least, is Sarah Crowley. She is a senior studying Operations Management and Non-Profit Community Leadership at the University of Cincinnati. She is from Cincinnati, and her role with AMF is the Programs Intern, specifically Whiz Kids and Hispanic Character Camp. “My favorite TV show of all time is Friends and conveniently enough I like to think that is what a TV show about my life would look like.  I love my friends and would consider them family.  I value loyalty and would consider being there for someone in good times and bad to be a great honor.  I like to find the silver lining in life and I don’t think there is a problem in the world that can’t be helped by spending time in a comforting place, with great friends, and even greater laughs.”

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about us. We are excited to see what we can accomplish this fall! Check back next week for our next blog post on our biggest event of the year – Youth Leadership Seminar!

 

Cheers,

Maddie

Events Intern

“Where Are They Now” Wednesday: Matt Krabacher

Today we will be featuring Matt Krabacher, a 2014 Scholarship Fund recipient to see how his first semester of college has been.

About Matt

Matt is a graduate of Stephen T. Badin High School and is a current freshman at Xavier University. He is majoring in nursing and holds a 3.25 GPA after his first semester. Matt currently spends his free time staying active and participating in intramural basketball. He also helps with his local 4-H group when he is home and over the summer break. He also currently lives in the same residence hall wing as all the freshman Xavier basketball players.

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College Life

So far, Matt has enjoyed college. It has been a big change in his life, but he has found that Xavier is the best fit for him and he couldn’t ask for anything more, except for less homework. $20,000 has enabled him to pursue his dreams of a higher education; it has allowed him to focus his attention on school and not so much of the cost of tuition, for not only himself but his family as well, as his medical bills exhausted their college savings. This scholarship, along with Matt’s summer job, have allowed him to focus on school and transitioning into college.

Why You Should Apply

“Knowing that I have $20,000 towards college that I don’t have to worry about is a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. Knowing I have that money already towards school has allowed me to keep myself focused on my studies. I did not have to look for work right away this first semester and was able to make the adjustment to college my priority. I am driven towards success even more so because the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has shown their faith in me. I want to not only succeed for myself, but for them as well. Every semester, I am reminded of and appreciate the generosity of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation in receiving this gift. Furthermore, my advice to potential recipients is that you have already overcome adversity, so know you are able to work hard and now you have to support of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation to help you continue your success. This scholarship is a means for you to get a higher education.”

You can learn a bit more about Matt and the adversity he had to overcome by watching his acceptance speech here.


As Matt said, you have the chance to further your education and you can take that chance by filling out the application here. You can also share the opportunity with someone you know whose hard work deserves to be recognized!

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Events Intern

Scholarship Spotlight: DJ Davis

It’s time to catch up with a past Scholarship Fund recipient. This week we are featuring Dennis (DJ) Davis, a 2012 winner.

About DJ

DJ graduated from from Hillsboro High School in 2012. He is currently a junior at the University of Cincinnati majoring in Operations Management and holds a 3.68 GPA. Interestingly, he has family on three continents. As for his free time, when he is not tutoring for Whiz Kids, his main hobby is running. He is currently training for the Flying Pig Half Marathon.

College Life

DJ  said his college experience has been fun. He has made good friends, been to numerous sports games and even saw President Obama on campus. At first, it was a big adjustment, but has been a good experience and an opportunity for growth. blog graphic

Why You Should Apply

In DJ’s own words:

“The $20,000 scholarship has really been a blessing. Without it, I don’t know what I’d do. I didn’t have the resources to pay for college at the time, but earning the scholarship lets me breathe a lot easier. Not worrying about $20,000 in college expenses is very calming, so I can focus more on school and less on money. I remember getting the phone call from the Foundation and I think I might have exploded with excitement. To be able to go through so many hardships and still earn an opportunity to go to to college–I had never felt better. Earning my degree has always been a huge goal of mine and because of the scholarship, I get to achieve that goal next year. I can’t thank the Foundation enough for the help they’ve given me. If you’re thinking about applying, you should! The Foundation is great and so caring! I remember having my doubts about sending in my application, but I am so glad I did!”

Take DJ’s advice and apply today! The application can be found here. If you know someone who would be a great fit for the Scholarship Fund, you can also share this information with them. Kaitlyn Fitzgerald Events Intern

“Where Are They Now” Wednesday: Logan Frederick

Today we will be featuring Logan Frederick, a 2014 Scholarship Fund recipient. This is what we found out about Logan nearly a year after receiving her $20,000 scholarship:

About Logan

She was a 2014 Clinton-Massie High School graduate and is a current student at Wright State University studying nursing with a 3.3 GPA. When Logan is not studying hard, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, who is from England and who she met him a day after the Scholarship Dinner at the Christian summer camp they worked at together. She also enjoys reading the Divergent series, watching Grey’s Anatomy, running, listening to music, and hanging out with or talking to friends and loved ones.

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Logan with her brother and Anthony during the ceremony where she received her scholarship.

Why You Should Apply

This is what Logan had to say about the impact of the scholarship on her life:

“I am so blessed to be an award-winning recipient of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Scholarship. The $20,000 scholarship has impacted me immensely and has given me a chance to further my education. My goal of being a nurse is now more attainable than if I hadn’t received the scholarship. At the moment, college is going very well and I enjoy working hard to reach my goals. It feels good knowing that there is $20,000 towards my school that I don’t have to worry about. It gives me a chance to focus on just school instead of worrying about school and finances. My advice to potential recipients is to keep working hard no matter what adversity you have to overcome. You should apply for this scholarship because you most certainly can win if you work hard to earn it!”

You can also learn more about Logan’s story here.


Take Logan’s advice and fill out the application here; there is nothing to lose! You can also share the opportunity with someone you know whose hard work deserves to be recognized!

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Events Intern

“Where Are They Now” Wednesday: Mike Kruer

Today we will be featuring Mike Kruer, a 2011 Scholarship Fund recipient. We caught up with Mike to see what he was up to after graduation.

About Mike

A Highlands High School graduate and a fall 2014 graduate, Mike was also awarded $20,000 by the Foundation. Now that Mike has completed his college career, he volunteers for  the Alexandria Police Department as a Explorer Post Adviser. He also enjoys playing soccer, going skiing, and volunteering a local animal shelters. He likes to live an active life, so he constantly tries to find more things to do to keep himself busy.

College Life

During the first weekend home from school of Mike’s freshman year, his grandfather, who raised him, passed away. This motivated Mike to complete his degree for his grandpa. Despite this incredibly hard time, Mike still had a blast at college. He made lifelong friends and learned a lot. For him, college was a real time for learning and becoming responsible in many areas, like making sure to get to class on time, managing a budget and keeping his grades where they should be. In college, Mike studied criminal justice and learned from some incredible professors.  The experiences and the people he met and learned from have influenced who he is today and helped him become the person he is in the professional world.

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Why You Should Apply

Mike’s story is moving, and we are happy to be a part of it. The impact the Foundation has had on him is also inspiring:

“The Scholarship provided to me by the Foundation has made college a much more manageable task.  In today’s times, many college students have to take out a loan or multiple loans, as well as juggle school with a job to make ends meet. I was blessed with the scholarship so I just had to focus on my studies. This was very important so that I could achieve my full potential academically. I made the Dean’s List, which is no small feat. Without the Foundation’s scholarship, college would have been a lot more stressful and I probably would not have finished in three and a half years.  This Foundation has made local student’s education dreams come true. I know it made mine come true. I am a college graduate with no debt and no financial stress. I appreciate everything this organization has done for me and all the staff and volunteers at the Foundation for making such a huge impact on the Tri-State area. The Foundation is changing lives and is an asset to the Tri-State area! For all those potential candidates out there that are reading this, please apply for all the scholarships and awards you can; money should never be an obstacle when you are chasing your dreams and your future.”

We want to help high school seniors like you have the same great college experience Mike had! The application for the scholarship can be found here, or you can share the opportunity with someone who could benefit from it.

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

Events Intern

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What are they up to now…

ImageBrandon, a graduate of Aiken High School is the first in his family to attend college and when he is not going to classes and studying, he works at Chipotle, plays his ps4 and is always trying to put a smile on others’ faces through his humor and inspiring charisma.

Tell us about you college experience thus far:

I am attending the University of Cincinnati as an Operations Managements major in the Lindner College of Business. The most exciting thing has been the diversity of people. We have students from all over the world across all social classes. It is really cool to connect with so many different people who all seem to add their own color to the painting of life that makes our world so special. My favorite course has been human sexuality because it’s one of those classes that really pulls you out of your comfort zone and teaches you about so many interesting things that people tend to shy away from.

What are you involved in?

I am involved with the African American Culture and Resource Center (AACRC), United Black Student Association (UBSA) and I play intramural basketball for the “Gen-1 Ballers” – comprised of players who are all first generation college students. Our team went 6-1 taking a tough loss in the Sweet 16 of the intramural tournament.

How has the scholarship impacted you?

The scholarship really helped me to grow up and begin to take responsibility. Without the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship, I would not be able to live on campus which would force me to commute from home turning my scenic 5 minute walk to class into an hour and a half bus ride and commute. It also helped me to pay for my unlimited meal plan which I use every day. It gave me a remarkable quality of education and life, and a place to live my freshman year. It provided me with enough money to take time from my job throughout my first semester to get acclimated to college life and focus on my studies. It has done miracles.

What’s next in your future?

Upon graduation, I want to contribute my degree to a company where I can showcase my natural talents and skills and the knowledge I have gained at UC. I want to be a role model and example that proves that any obstacle in life can be overcome, and if you put your mind to it and work hard, all of your dreams are achievable. I want young people to know that anything s possible and self-motivation is the best motivation.

Any advice on college, scholarships, and life?

My best advice is to keep your options open. I was accepted to 13 colleges before locking down my choice. Identify what is most important to you, whether it is the cost of tuition, the location, history of the university, etc. Also, when applying for scholarships never yourself out because the only way you have the chance to win, is if you make that first step and just apply.

ImageNext up is Sam Becker, a graduate of Archbishop McNicholas High School and freshman honor student at Miami University, majoring in Management and Leadership in the Farmer School of Business. Sam, who enjoys playing sports, spending time with his friends and family, giving back to the community and participating in philanthropic service, loves his time in Oxford so far!

Tell us about your college experience thus far:

The most exciting thing has been meeting all of the new people and having the freedom to grow up, and become a responsible adult and to really find yourself and discover the person that you are. My favorite course has been Business Writing or Business Statistics Accounting because I am seeing how I can apply all of the skills I’m learning for the rest of my life. I play intramural lacrosse and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

What’s next in your future?

I’m still learning so much about all of the careers in business and haven’t chosen a specific one. I know I want to be in business, and establish a career that allows me to provide for my family one day.

Any advice on scholarships, college, and life?

Don’t close any doors. If you aren’t satisfied, keep applying to colleges and scholarships. Stay positive and trust that everything will turn out how it is supposed to and work out for the best. Seek advice from people who have been in your shoes because they might steer you in the right direction. Challenge yourself and never be afraid to take the road less traveled.

 

Could you or a senior you know use $20,000 for college? It could be YOUR year! The clock is ticking with the April 30th deadline. Download your application now at munozfoundation.org, and learn more about eligibility requirements and application information. Follow us on Twitter @munozfoundation, for our exclusive scholarship tips and updates!

Questions? Send us a message at experience@munozfoundation.org – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Sallquist

AMF Intern