When she was in high school, Marine Corps dependent Emily Cluen began working as a lifeguard and counselor at Camp Rockfish in North Carolina. What began as a part-time summer job soon turned into a career goal. “Serving at Camp Rockfish helped me realize that I would like to be a part of the camping ministry for the rest of my life.”
Emily has received consecutive Blavatnik Family Foundation/ThanksUSA scholarships totaling $6,000 for a Recreation Management major at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
A student of the Honors College, Emily has added minors in Leadership Studies and General Business to her course load. She is a member of the Recreation Management Association and Appalachian Wesley Foundation. This year she is also serving as an Intersect Social Justice Student Coordinator and a Resident Assistant.
Emily has completed a faculty-led study-abroad course in Costa Rica and completed an Internship with Camp Corral during the summer of 2016. She also represented ThanksUSA scholars at the 2016 Winston-Salem Open. This summer, Emily intends to work at Camp Twin Lakes, an outdoor facility in Georgia that serves youth with disabilities. Emily’s ultimate career goal is to become a year-round camp director.
Emily is the second in her family to benefit from ThanksUSA scholarships. Older sister, Alexandria has received $12,000 in ThanksUSA scholarships for undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill.
“Thank you so much for your support of my education. I know that higher education is not an opportunity that everyone can afford and I treasure being here at Appalachian State. I am so excited to broaden my knowledge of the world around me and am grateful to give back to the campus community. Without you, my future would not look as bright as it does!”