Junior Jessica Holden Wins National Pan-Hellenic Scholarship

Junior Jessica Holden Wins National Pan-Hellenic Scholarship

Jessica Holden
Jessica Holden, a junior majoring in learning and organizational change, won a scholarship from the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Chicago. The organization’s scholarship award promotes educational advancement by supporting an undergraduate student in Illinois who is a member of one of nine sororities and fraternities.

Holden, who serves as president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority at Northwestern, has worked to develop the sorority on the Northwestern campus. She started a website and used social media and listservs to communicate about the chapter.

Her efforts as president have resulted in the chapter winning a Be the Change grant to host a youth art event and establishing a fund to award a scholarship.

At SESP, Holden earned a Civic Engagement Certificate by completing a two-year program. She participated in a capstone project to promote intergenerational learning by initiating a partnership with older adult residents of Mather Lifeways. As part of the project, her group conducted focus groups and surveys to research the perspective of students and older adults on how intergenerational learning can best enrich their educational and personal experience.

In the past, Holden has volunteered with the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota on a project to promote brain injury awareness. She also worked in a mentorship program for the YMCA-McGaw in Evanston, serving as a mentor for a middle school student and leading a mentorship group. In addition, her community service with Zeta Phi Beta has included hosting an auction for Connections for the Homeless and developing a pen pal program with schools, funded by an NUnite grant.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/28/11