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Servant-Hearted Scholars

by Jenna Johnson Elks Scholar Fellow The CIP office and I hit the road in September for a week-long excursion through the Carolinas affectionately titled # ScholarCIPMegaTrip ! From visiting college campuses that look like castles to eating biscuits the size of our faces at a local cafe , the Carolinas did not disappoint. From witnessing Elks members facilitate incredible Impact Grant Projects, to meeting Elks scholars actively serving their surrounding communities , the people we met made the trip beyond worthwhile.    During the week, w e had the opportunity to visit four Impact Grant Project s and four college campuses for Elks S cholar Meet-Ups. We also toured four service sites and the camp we are partnering with for the Spring Elks Scholar Service Trip to Asheville.   Jocelyn, Sarah Jiudice, me and Chelsea. Elks Scholar Meet-Ups are always a favorite opportunity of mine because we get to meet scholars in person. I’ve been to a few in

Album Review: Road Tripping through the Carolinas ft. Jenna & the CIPsters

by Chelsea Dennis Programs Assistant  Clean air, towering mountains, and as Jocelyn nicely put, “great foliage” characterizes my experience road tripping with Jenna and the CIPsters (Do you like our band name? We should totally create an album cover). Although our prized possession is Lake Michigan, we Chicago folks don’t often get the chance to experience nature in our concrete universe. It was quite a joy to experience beautiful scenery on our #ScholarCIPMegaTrip through the Carolinas. In addition to experiencing breathtaking views from the back seat (I’ll admit I like to take too many naps to ever be the co-pilot), Elks scholars Madison and Brandon, so graciously volunteered to give us tours of UNC and Duke’s gorgeous arboretums. I won’t say which one I thought was best (I don’t want to start a war) but both were beautiful in their own right. Jocelyn and Colleen listen to the Campus Whistler. When we first arrived at UNC, we couldn’t pinpoint this mysterious whi


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