"This scholarship will allow me to improve my connections within my community and focus on my passion giving back to others and empowering change through engagement."
As a freshman, Alana founded the Junior Healthy Heart Coalition at Georgia Tech to help connect her peers with community service projects and volunteer opportunities. She partners with 4-H to mentor and encourage Atlanta youth to develop their leadership skills and learn more about the world around them. Through the coalition she has worked with Morehouse School of Medicine, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Trinity AME Church and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to promote healthy lifestyles and address food insecurity, homelessness and other issues in the metro Atlanta area.
Alana has volunteered over 70 hours with MedShare, an organization that provides surplus medical supplies to developing countries. She interned with the Atlanta City Council and helped introduce legislation to improve public health efforts. She is also the director of local projects for Georgia Tech’s Foundation of Medical Relief for Children, where she coordinates volunteer opportunities for members.