Four Undergraduates Awarded First Ralph W. Voorhees Fellowships in Public Service


Voorhees Awards
Lamm, Sawyer, Governor Florio, Gilbert, and Hart

Four Rutgers undergraduates have been awarded the first Ralph W. Voorhees Fellowships in Public Service and met recently with former Governor James J. Florio at the Bloustein School to discuss their experience and interests in public service. The program was established at the Bloustein School through a $500,000 endowment from Scott Voorhees and Susan Voorhees Hunt to honor their uncle, Ralph Voorhees, for his long standing commitment to community public service.

The fellowships are designed to help Rutgers undergraduates with financial needs to take advantage of the university’s service-learning opportunities, engage with Rutgers’ community partners, and to connect their education with the experience of participating in local community life.

The first recipients are:

  • Michael Lamm (’10,) of Mt Olive, majors in statistics/mathematics and political science.  A Bloustein Scholar and member of the Rutgers Honors Program, Lamm taught English for Global Pact in Thailand, worked as a research assistant for The Cambodia Project and served as a home health aide for a child with cerebral palsy.

  • Ashley Sawyer (’10,) of Orange, is majoring in political science with minors in women’s studies and Spanish. Sawyer is a New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission Scholar, president of the Douglass Black Students Congress, and undergraduate associate at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She volunteers with the NJ Nets CARES program in Newark, the 4th Grade Science Stars of Douglass Project, and Adopt a Family for Children with Cancer.

  • Victoria Gilbert (’11,) of Washington Township (Gloucester,) a planning and public policy major with a minor in economics, is an Elks Legacy Scholar, DB Kelley Foundation Scholar and Bloustein Scholar. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, YMCA (Model UN), and the Christian Appalachian Project in Kentucky. Gilbert interned for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New Orleans undertaking hurricane reconstruction, and has worked with Dr. Roland Anglin’s Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation.

  • Drew Hart (’10,) of Manasquan, is majoring in ecology and natural resources. A transfer from Stony Brook University, Hart studied abroad in Madagascar and has worked in Mexico, Nicaragua and Paraguay. He volunteers for Duke Farms and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ, and plans to work with the Rutgers organic farm and local Latino community gardens.



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