Class of 1960 Albion Community Intern Endowment
Albion is America!
The links between Albion College, the City of Albion and the surrounding community provide incredible opportunities for students to learn at the same time they are giving back to the community. Albion has become a laboratory for small town revitalization. There is no place in America better suited to provide hands- on learning about issues that matter to every small town in our country!
It is a tribute to the scholarship that has continued here at Albion College for 180 years that a group of alumni who graduated more than a half century ago still care so much about those who have come after them. The Class of 1960 continues to demonstrate the value of our Albion network to our current students. This endowment will ensure that students interested in working in Albion will have that opportunity for years to come.
2015 ACIE Awardee:
Danielle Nelson, '17
City of Albion
"I came to Albion College not only because of what the college has to offer but because of the opportunities that I saw in the City of Albion as well. I wanted to play an instrumental part in the revitalization efforts and learn something along the way. This semester I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to intern for the new city manager of Albion, Dr. Sheryl Mitchell. So far it has been not only a wonderful hands-on educational experience but it has also been a great way for me to voice my ideas and bring about change in the community."
Some of the projects that Danielle is working on include organizing community forums, gathering census data for the master planning process, researching grants, and coordinating volunteers. Danielle also has been part of several economic development projects in the region, including an effort by the city to become a "redevelopment ready community" and a project that will utilize bicycling and cycling trails to attract people from around the state. Danielle will spearhead on behalf of the city a Michigan Week celebration in May. This project, done in conjunction with the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce, will showcase some of Albion’s local producers, restaurants, natural amenities, and artists.
"The Albion Community Intern Endowment through the generosity of the Class of 1960 has had a profound impact on my time here in Albion. I am grateful that we have alumni who have such faith in my generation."
Danielle, a public policy major, carries a perfect 4.0 GPA and is widely engaged in activities across the campus and the city. She hopes her work will expose more residents and students to the rich history and culture in the Albion community while improving the local economy.
2014 ACIE Awardees:
Patrick Lopez, ’15
Albion Economic Development Corporation
"As a student who lives off campus, it was great to have a little extra income to coincide with my internship. I was able to be exposed to the dedicated community leaders in Albion. ACIE saved me from having to get a second job, which would have impacted the time I spent working on the internship and my ability to commit to my studies."
Andrea Walles, ’15
Friends of the Bohm Theater
"The scholarship from the Class of 1960 allowed me to be successful during my internship. I had an incredible time working with the community and have learned more than I ever imagined which will help with my future career."
Previous ACIE Awardees:
- 2013 - Mallory Ayotte, ’16 - Downtown Development Authority of Albion
- 2012 - Jessica Forzano, ’13 - Albion Public Schools District