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Marian Homan Accepted to the Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service

March 16, 2005

[ Marian Homan ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Marian Homan, a junior at Ohio Wesleyan, has been accepted to the 2005 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, D.C. and has been awarded a scholarship for $1500. The Institute, created by The Fund for American Studies and Georgetown University, has provided college undergraduates the valuable opportunity to interact with leaders in the non-profit sector for seven years.

"This is the first time, to my knowledge, that one of our students has applied and been accepted to this very prestigious institute," said Susan Pasters, director of community service learning at OWU. "Clearly, the selection committee recognized that Marian Homan is an exceptional candidate, and I'm excited for her to have this incredible opportunity."
Homan will spend the summer in Washington, D.C. studying philanthropy at Georgetown and interning with a non-profit organization. While interning for 30 hours a week, she will learn how to develop a mission statement, coordinate service projects, and organize fundraising activities. Homan is dedicated to helping others and said, "I have become very active in community service at Ohio Wesleyan and believe in the power and necessity of volunteers."
A psychology major and English minor, Homan has been involved with several service activities at OWU such as Habitat for Humanity, the Columbus Initiative, Bowl for Kids' Sake, and CropWalk. She also is the editor of Opportunity Knocks, the community service newsletter of the Chaplain's office; the moderator of Community Service RoundTable; a member of the Psychology Department Student Board; a research assistant at the Memory Lab in the psychology department; and a member of the House of HOPE, where she has lived since March 2003.
Through her unique experience at the Institute, Homan hopes to learn how to best utilize her skills so that she can make a difference in the lives of others. She remarked, "I am currently torn between my two passions: service and psychology. I would like to work for a non-profit institution that would allow me to use my psychology background. I know that no matter what career I choose, I will always have a deep desire to help people."
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