Pictured are (L-R): Grace Calus, Lydia Saunders, Julius Burch, Delaney Nightingale and Gracie Mayer.
Five master’s degree-seeking students make up the second class of Guilford College Presidential Fellows, who this fall will begin or continue their graduate studies at the College and serve as community leaders and co-workers in five administrative areas.
The Presidential Fellows are Julius Burch ’23, Grace Calus ’23, Delaney Nightingale ’23, Gracie Mayer ’23 and Lydia Saunders ’23. They will receive support for their continuing academic pursuits and some practical experience in higher education while the College strengthens its human resources in Advancement & Alumni Relations, Communications and Marketing, the Provost’s Office, Admission and Finance beginning Aug.14.
The students were chosen in an application and interview process this spring and, for up to 18 months (the duration of their master’s programs), they will receive tuition, on-campus housing, a meal plan and a stipend in turn for 20 hours of work per week in an administrative office. In addition to receiving mentorship and professional development through the Fellowship program, they will contribute to service projects and occasional volunteer projects on campus (in turn, mentoring current undergraduate students and offering campus stewardship).
Julius, of Greensboro, has completed a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with minors in Economics and Sculpture and will be pursuing an MBA at Guilford. As an undergraduate, he completed an Accounting and Finance internship, served as treasurer of the Black Student Union, worked as a Resident Advisor and was a member of the Inter-Club Council and Student Athletic Advisory Committee. He made the Dean’s List eight times. A two-year starter on the men’s basketball team, Julius has a year of eligibility remaining. He is expected to work in the Office of Finance.
Grace, of Creedmoor, N.C., has completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Guilford. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Honors Program and Multicultural Leadership and Principled Problem Solving Scholars programs. She served as a Resident Advisor and a Justice & Policy Studies Student Assistant. She had legal and farmworker advocacy internships. A two-year starter and this season’s top hitter on the softball team, Grace has a year of eligibility remaining. She is expected to work in the Office of Admission.
Gracie, of Greensboro, has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and will be pursuing an MBA at Guilford. As an undergraduate, she was a Resident Advisor, advanced statistics tutor, President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletics and event coordinator for Guilford Christian Ministry. She was on the Dean’s List multiple times in her Guilford career. She was a Farmer at New Garden Park intern. A captain and a multi-year starter on the women’s soccer team, Gracie has a year of eligibility remaining. She is expected to work in the Office of the Provost.
Delaney, of Lisbon, N.H., has completed a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management with a minor in Business and will be pursuing a Master’s degree in International Sport Management at Guilford. As an undergraduate, she was on the Dean’s List multiple times. She was an intern in the Office of External Communications and in the Equipment Management Department in Athletics at Duke University over two years and was a volunteer for the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball tournament this year. Delaney is expected to work in the Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations.
Lydia, of High Point, N.C., has completed a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice after three years and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice at Guilford. She was a departmental Teacher’s Assistant and Graduate Assistant as well as a Resident Advisor. She was a member of the Honors Program, Quaker Leadership Scholars Program and a summer intern in the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Greensboro Police Department. Lydia was captain and a multi-year starter on the women’s volleyball team and has a year of eligibility remaining. She is expected to work in the Office of Communications & Marketing.
The inaugural class of Fellows included Ananya Bernardo ’22, Corby Brooke ’21, Hunter Neal ’22 and Chloe Pope ’22.