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Trevis Harrold

Trevis Harrold is an aspiring diplomat, whose goal is to give back and be the voice of the people.

Harrold, a Saginaw native, is a junior studying political science and economics. He has been awarded numerous scholarships, including the Fr. Bernard J. O’Connor Scholarship in Civic Engagement, the Gregory W. Stevens Scholarship, the Honors College Founder’s Award, the GEM Scholarship and the Joe Ohren Student Internship Fund.

On campus, Harrold is active in and out of the classroom, currently serving as a Senior Senator in the EMU Student Government and as an EMU Presidential Ambassador; he is also a fellow in the Honors College and sits on the University Judicial Board.

“[These] scholarships and [on-campus] opportunities have encouraged me to reach out and acquire more values internationally, in order to best impact the individuals around me,” Harrold states.

Such scholarships, along with the encouragement from faculty and staff, helped Harrold land one of the most prestigious internship opportunities for political science majors; the U.S. Department of State internship at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo in summer 2013.

Harrold’s internship was an opportunity of a lifetime and a chance to apply what he has learned in the classroom into real life. Among his duties, Harrold was tasked in giving presentations to area youth about economic development; working with representatives of the U.S. Dept. of State’s Foreign and Civil Services; and drafting correspondence to Washington, D.C.

Throughout his 9-week experience, Harrold gained increased appreciation in the value of listening and finding common ground in resolving conflicts. Faculty and staff have praised Harrold as being one of the most gracious and passionate students they know; he has been described as having a quiet disposition, a grateful manner and a constant need to learn, adding that his ambition speaks volumes about his character and life mission.

“I’m grateful to EMU for equipping me to serve overseas. Eastern’s campus gave me experience interacting with a diverse student population, which is very helpful,” Harrold says, adding that faculty and staff have helped him tremendously in finding scholarships and grants that made the trip financially possible. “We have some of the best faculty in the country.”

Harrold plans to earn a graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, with a concentration in international affairs and public policy, and hopes to eventually work for the U.S. Department of State.

“I utilize the scholarships to increase my academic knowledge and enhance my acquaintance about globalization; I want to be able to experience education at the advanced level. I realize that there are opportunities to assist students, and I want to ultimately give back to the people.” Harrold is anticipated to graduate April 2015.

Students, like Trevis Harrold, not only gain an outstanding education within the classroom, but are presented with opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences such as internships and study abroad programs. It is through the continued support of our alumni and friends that we can help such students get immersed into these opportunities, and give them an experience they’ll never forget.

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Trevis Harrold wants to be the voice of the people.

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322