Makayla Holland receives 2019 Nicholson Servant Leader Award

Anderson University senior, Makayla Holland, has received the 2019 Nicholson Student Servant Leadership Award for her servant leadership on the AU campus and in the community. Holland was selected through a campus nomination process to receive this award due to her strong servant leadership skills.Caucasian female with blonde curled hair and a brown sweater smiling

The award is named in honor of Dr. Robert A. Nicholson, president emeritus of Anderson University, who passed away in November 2017. As a part of the award, made possible by donor funds, Holland will receive $500.

Holland is from Nashville, Tenn. but found herself calling Anderson, Ind. home four years ago. “AU was the only school I applied to,” she said. “I just felt so sure that I was supposed to be here, I wasn’t  sure why just yet but it all makes sense now.” Holland has a good sense of humor regarding her pride for her school, “I could seriously be the poster child for AU now, I love it here.”

Holland is studying psychology and youth leadership development with a minor in criminal justice. She was a resident assistant her sophomore year and is a volunteer leader at Project Hope here in Madison County. Project Hope was created as a way to work with teenagers who had been through the county’s juvenile court system and needed a mentor.

Holland exemplifies servant leadership, “My heart beats for those who feel marginalized or forgotten about in our society.” When considering her service in Madison County and the AU community, Holland explained that her view on servanthood has drastically changed in just four years, “When going into all of this I thought to myself that I’m going to come in and minister to these broken people and I’m going to save them,” she said. “But what I’ve learned is that ministry and serving is a two-way street.” She that the teens in Project Hope have taught her so much more than she could have ever imagined.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, teacher education, engineering, and nursing programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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