A Heart of Gold: The GOLD Scholarship

Stonehill is now sporting a new GOLD standard. GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) alumni have established a GOLD Scholarship to benefit a junior or senior.

The GOLD Scholarship was awarded for the first time in the 2012-2013 academic year.  

The 2017-2018 recipient is Geneva Hancock '18, who is pursuing a major in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and a minor in Healthcare Administration.

Hancock was selected for meeting the GOLD Scholarship criteria including:

  • Rising junior or senior
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Commitment to the Stonehill community

A Heart of Gold

Geneva Hancock ’18 embodies the type of student that has fully engaged with Stonehill community, both on campus and beyond. Her time at Stonehill has taken her to several locations around the U.S., from Kentucky to Louisiana, and even to the beautiful country of New Zealand where she studied abroad. A senior at Stonehill, she is fearlessly ready to go wherever in the world her next steps take her, embracing the lessons from her time at the College.

Geneva’s health sciences classes have allowed her to attain key experiences in her field, interning and working for several healthcare companies. Currently, she is interning in the Human Resources department at Massachusetts General Hospital. Working up to 40 hours a week, during the summer and school breaks, she is given responsibility to work on projects that fill nursing positions all around the U.S. and recruit for various pharmaceutical companies. She attributes another transformative program at Stonehill, however, for allowing her to connect what she does in her field with global social justice issues.

Geneva credits the H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program, which allows students to participate in domestic and international service projects during college breaks, for fueling her passion for social justice and allowing her to become what she calls an “active global citizen,” someone who is engaged with social justice issues and actively working to create more equity for those who have been marginalized or oppressed.  For Geneva, it has given her the ability to look deeper into the healthcare issues she has been studying and engage with the systemic issues that prevent some from gaining access to adequate healthcare. On her first H.O.P.E. trip to Kentucky, she was able to see how a specific social justice issue, food access, impacted the lives of people she met on her trip. Since then, Geneva has found a passion for food justice issues, remarking that “eating healthy is a right, not a privilege” and thus, strives to be an advocate for good, healthy food options for those affected by poverty.

Geneva believes that the difficult, sometimes uncomfortable dialogues about challenging social injustices are necessary and vital to growth. She wanted to be there to facilitate those discussions at H.O.P.E., and to see her peers grow in the same way that she has. Since that first trip to Kentucky, she has gone on to become a Student Leader for the program. Her next trip would take her to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, just three weeks before she would depart for a semester abroad in New Zealand at the University of Otago. While abroad, she immersed herself in the culture of the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, taking classes on Māori culture and Māori performing arts.

Geneva has not only found her voice in critical social justice issues, but over the airwaves at the College’s very own radio station, WSHL Stonehill College Radio. In addition to having her own radio show, she is also the Underwriting Director of the station, responsible for connecting local businesses to the station. While she is passionate about local radio, Geneva also has international experience being on the air. While abroad, her and a friend had their own show on Radio One at the University of Otago. This radio station is so popular that the Prime Minister of New Zealand has even spoken on it! Her other interests include guitar, art, photography, yoga, and exercise as well as traveling to new and exciting places.

Geneva thanks all of the GOLD alumni who make this scholarship possible, saying that it “has allowed me to make the most of my four short years at Stonehill in every way possible, and I would not change a minute of it.  I want to express my sincerest appreciation for all of the benefactors who have given to the GOLD scholarship, and supporting my growth as both a student and a person.”

With Geneva, we know that wherever her passions take her, she will humbly acknowledge the foundation that Stonehill and its GOLD alumni have given her. 

The GOLD Scholarship is funded entirely through the generosity of young alumni who have made giving back to Stonehill a priority in their lives. The scholarship is awarded annually to a rising junior or senior with a strong academic record, demonstrated financial need and a commitment to the Stonehill community. GOLD giving plays a critical role in helping the College to provide valuable programs and services for current students like Eva. Thanks to our GOLD Scholarship donors, she is well on her way toward making a difference in the lives of many.

Past Recipients:

2016-2017: Eva Weinstein '17

2015 - 2016: Eva Weinstein '17

2014 – 2015: Haley Arsenault '15

2013 – 2014: Elyse Sutkus '14

2012 – 2013: Bryan Bosworth '14

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