Walden University Scholars of Change Video Contest Winners Share Personal Stories About Making Positive Social Change

Minneapolis—December 15, 2009—Walden University announced the winners of its Scholars of Change video competition. Each of the five grand prize winners will receive $5,000 plus an additional $2,500 to donate to their favorite charities. More than 90 Walden students and alumni submitted videos, and members of the general public were invited to vote on their favorites. A panel of judges evaluated the top videos and selected the five grand prize winners.

The video contest kicked off this summer when Walden invited students and alumni to submit short videos showing how Walden has helped them to make a positive change in their careers, their lives, or the lives of others. Walden launched the contest as part of a multimedia campaign celebrating its commitment to social change.

The Scholars of Change video contest grand prize winners and their designated charities are:

  • Tina Cloney, a Ph.D. in Public Health student from Decatur, Ill., who designed a diabetes self-management program for her community; her charity donation will go to Millikin University’s Department of Exercise Science & Sport program enhancements.
  • Linda Davis, an M.S. in Psychology student from Marco Island, Fla., who is empowering young women in Latin America through education; her charity donation will go to Miracles in Action.
  • Mary Morrissey-Ross, a Ph.D. in Public Health student from Fairfield, Conn., who implemented screenings to address emerging diabetes and hypertension concerns in Senegal; her charity donation will go to Arts-Are-Essential.
  • Lee Ann Walker, a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) student from Jacksonville, Fla., who is creating public transportation education campaigns for her community; her charity donation will go to The Women's Center of Jacksonville’s Rape Recovery Team.
  • Elisa Watters, a Ph.D. in Public Health student from Poulsbo, Wash., who has created sustainable community health education programs in Nepal; her charity donation will go to Children of the Nations.

The winning videos are available for viewing at www.waldenu.edu/scholarsvideos.

“These impressive videos demonstrate how Walden students are using their degrees to proactively bring about positive social change in their communities everyday. It is an honor for all of us at Walden to celebrate their achievements and to further their efforts,” said Jonathan Kaplan, president of Walden University.

The students and alumni in the videos are a reflection of students currently pursuing their graduate and undergraduate degrees at Walden. The university’s vision of contributing to the greater global good fuels the passion of Walden students, graduates, faculty members and staff.

For more information, go to www.WaldenU.edu.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Today, more than 33,000 students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees at Walden. The university provides students with an engaging educational experience that connects them with expert faculty and peers around the world. Walden is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network—a global network of 45 online and campus-based universities in 20 countries.

Walden offers more than 36 degree programs with more than 140 specializations and concentrations. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org.