Recognized for "excellence in volunteerism," a Macomb Township resident is one of the newest recipients of the University of Phoenix Community Service Award.
Stefanie Pavlosk, who graduated from the university in January with a master of science in mental health counseling, was honored this month for her efforts to make a difference in the local community.
“University of Phoenix is dedicated to supporting our local communities through volunteerism and both Stefanie and LaNelle (Jones, another recipient of the award) are excellent examples of students who selflessly give back to their communities,” said Jan Cardwell, vice president of University of Phoenix Detroit Campus, in a prepared statement. “Their leadership in student council and their willingness to get involved with so many charities and special events is a great example of what we want our students to become.”
While enrolled at University of Phoenix, Pavloski served as student council president for the Detroit Campus, and remains an honorary member.
Many of the organizations and events she supported while pursuing her degree had her assuming leadership roles in book drives, fundraising walks, holiday adopt-a-family gift drives and events to promote literacy among the children of Detroit.
In speaking of her community service, specifically a recent event geared toward helping young girls, ages 12 ot 18, reach their full potential, Pavloski said:
"Many of the girls I worked with had been told they wouldn’t amount to anything, and were very skeptical about the entire event. After the event, some shared with me that they too judged me when they initially saw me; however, they knew I cared when I continued to be the professional who gave them hope. Knowing I was able to break through to some of these girls and make a difference in their lives is a reward in itself.”
Each year, University of Phoenix Alumni Association celebrates alumni who are making a difference and giving back to their communities. This acknowledgement recognizes graduates for their efforts to better the communities in which they live and work, according to a press release.