Recent Graduate's Comments: pace/PCS/pcs-scholars---2017-reviewedit.docx
"My experience as a Presidential Citizen Scholar transformed the way I look at community engagement. Before I was a PCS student I was an active volunteer, however my community participation was falling short of its full potential. Because of the PCS program at Salisbury University I have been able to take a step back and reflect on what makes good citizens. Dr. Pope and Dr. Surak provide students with the opportunities to become more informed and more involved. They have provided me with a framework to succeed both personally, but also professionally as I grow into an agent of change in the non-profit sector. The Presidential Citizen Scholars program fueled my passions and empowered me to create change." (2016-2017 Cohort)
"The experience of being a Presidential Citizen Scholar is one that will forever change the way I think and interact as a citizen in whatever community I live in ... (Because of this program), I am a more engaged, informed and involved citizen."
"PACE has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of my student career thus far. The assortment of PACE-sponsored events has been enlightening and broadening. This program has strengthened my belief in the democratic system and encouraged my commitment to action."
"I have really enjoyed PACE and I knew it would be a memorable experience. I am so happy and thankful I was able to participate, I really wish all members of the SU community could have the same experience."
"The number one thing I learned from the PACE experience is that a smarter, brigher and more involved community leads to prosperity, happiness and peace. If everyone understood this, we would live in a much better world. The idea that activitism and political change can be implemeted by the ordinary person must be spread to all. An informed citizen can make a difference in the political process."
"Meeting with local officials and political writers that reflected the grassroots non-partisan approach of PACE and the Presidential Citizen Scholars Program...gave me the opportunity to see the kind of citizens that truly care about local politics."
"I had little to no knowledge about politics or government. I also had no idea what a civic engagement was or how to get involved in one. This program really helped broaden my knowledge, experience, and ideas about politics and government.”