Isabeau Tyndall, a second-year student at The University of Central Florida, is majoring in Chemistry and Cognitive Sciences and has a 3.976 GPA. For the last two years she has served on the executive board, and now president, of the Student Support Foundation. This philanthropy, funded through the Morgridge Family Foundation, provides monetary grants to students who have extreme financial hardship. She and her board review grant applications on a weekly basis, follows up with student questions, solicits personal reflections, submits annual reports to the Morgridge Family Foundation, facilitates service projects, coordinates presentations with the UCF Foundations office, solicits matching grants, and works with the Student Financial Aid office to distribute funds. Isabeau is also a peer mentor with the LEAD Scholars Academy, resident assistant with UCF Housing, and interviews incoming first-year student applicants for the LEAD Scholars Academy.
I joined the Morgridge Family Foundation Student Support Foundation (SSF) during my first semester at UCF in the LEAD Scholars Academy. SSF quickly became especially meaningful to me because we are able to encourage the success of my fellow UCF peers who are experiencing extreme financial hardship. The SSF board provides one-time grants based on student applications. When students are enduring extreme challenges, we are there to soften the financial burden and help provide them hope by showing that we care about their well-being. I am continuously motivated by seeing how a grant of just $200 can make such a difference in a student’s life. Each week, the SSF board grants funds to students who just need a little extra financial assistance, and I am honored to be a part of that journey for them. When I read reflections from recipients on how these funds have helped them make a rent payment, pay for a car repair, or purchase necessary medication, it further impacts me as a future philanthropist and inspires me to one day become a social change agent who can make this world a better place.