Service Pillar Scholarship
Service is undoubtedly an important component to the field of Higher Education and Student Affairs. It is through service that we as professionals contribute to and enhance the profession. Chi Sigma Alpha strives to instill the value of service in its members in the hopes that they will be able to give back to their chapter, their institution, and the profession as a whole. The Service Pillar Scholarship was designed to assist Chi Sigma Alpha members in the monetary cost that many times accompanies opportunities for professional development.
The recipient of this scholarship will be able to use the funds towards the membership, registration, travel, or lodging fees of attending a national or regional conference, webinar, institute, and/or meet-up associated with a professional higher education and/or student affairs organization. The recipient may also use the funds awarded towards any cost associated with professional training, certification, or otherwise that directly contributes to the recipient’s professional development.
Destiny Talley is the current president of the Sigma Chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha. She is a current graduate student at UNC Greensboro as well as a recent graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At these institutions, she found her passion for higher education access and retention. They have also provided a solid basis to both deepen and broaden her commitment to educational advocacy. She established a passion to motivate, mentor, and mobilize students within marginalized populations through her own experiences as a first-generation, out-of-state student. Outside of the classroom, she has worked in student success, leadership development, career counseling, and college access.
Her current interests consist of integrating advocacy work throughout various functional areas within student affairs and researching to further the discourse on identity development for Black and Brown students on college campuses. Service to the profession is an integral component of how she defines advocacy for herself. She observes the world, and therefore higher education, through a critical lens to pinpoint and address underlying issues of inequity. The ways in which she chooses to address these issues are motivated by her love for, dedication toward, and service to the profession. This desire has influenced her vision for Chi Sigma Alpha's impact at UNC Greensboro. Whether it be through conversation, programming, volunteering, or research, her hope is to aid in the efforts to make institutions of higher education more equitable for future generations.