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Congratulations to our 2014 Bridge Scholars

March 18, 2014 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight, Summer Projects | By

We are excited to announce the Bridge Scholar Class of 2014! These students were selected among a highly competitive group of applicants to receive scholarships to participate in sustainable international development projects this summer. We know they will have an incredible impact in the fight against extreme poverty. Without further ado, here are this year’s recipients:

musabMusab Iman

I am a 4th year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in Industrial Systems Engineering. I joined Nourish International last year and am now serving as the Human Relations Chair. I was born and raised in Columbus Ohio, to a family of Ohio State graduates, basically born and bred to be a Buckeye.

My family is originally from the country of Bangladesh, which plays a huge role in my involvement in Nourish. Bangladesh is developing third world country; I have many family members who still reside over there.

As a college student I was fortunate to meet a group of students who wanted to help eliminate extreme poverty through sustainable development. Students from various backgrounds all had one common goal, so I joined Nourish International to make sure I can make a lasting impact on poverty around the world. Receiving the BridgeScholarship means so much to me, this will allow me to travel to Ecuador helping the local community of Quito by making a sustainable impact. The Bridge Scholars gives me the opportunity to receive a life-changing experience so that I may help people who are less fortunate then I. I am really grateful to be a member of the 2014 Bridge Scholars class so that I may work abroad to make a lasting impact on the community in Ecuador.



Hailey Lewis

I am a student at the University of Idaho, majoring in International Studies with an emphasis in Global Resources and Development. I am a chapter co-founder and co-leader, and have loved sharing Nourish’s mission and vision. I think that too many college students ignore their ability to create positive change in the world, and I have done my best to show my peers at U of I otherwise.

I am currently putting myself through school, and trying to finance my next year without a full summer of work due to the time I wanted to spend on a Nourish project would have been nearly impossible. The Bridge Scholarship has given me the opportunity to participate in my chapter’s project in Indonesia without the fear of being unable to afford my next year at school. With this scholarship, I will be able to gain firsthand experience and exposure in the world of international nonprofits. I am so excited to be able to directly apply my studies to the real life experience of working on a Nourish project. I am eternally grateful for this opportunity, and I am eager to make the most of it!

roxanneRoxanne Waggoner

I am a junior at UNM double majoring in Biology and Chemistry with a minor in interdisciplinary arts.  I am hoping to begin medical school in the fall of 2015 and am applying this June.  I work as a tutor for FrogTutoring and also volunteer with a local organization called Heading Home.  For fun I like to hike, go to trampoline parks, and watch UNM Rugby games.

Without this scholarship I would be unable to attend a project.  I have been wanting to go on a project since my freshman year and haven’t been able to afford it.  With this scholarship I am able to go on a project and make a difference.  I am unbelievably excited to attend this summer’s project and incredibly grateful that I was awarded Bridge Scholarship.

maxieMaxie Wirtz

I am currently a third year Student at The Ohio State University. I am majoring in Social Work and minoring in Nonprofit Management. Growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, with my three younger sisters and my older brother, I never imagined that I would ever get the chance to travel abroad to learn and help others. I decided to major in Social Work early in my college career because I wanted to help families in America overcome poverty. When I joined Nourish International as a sophomore, I discovered that it is possible to impact poverty not only in America but around the world as well.  Now I am a co-leader in my chapter, and I take every opportunity I can to learn how I can continue to make a difference throughout my life.

This scholarship means more to me than I could ever express in just a few sentences.  Thanks to Nourish I can now travel to Ecuador and work with the community of Quito. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I know I will take the lessons I learn and apply them throughout my future career as a Social Worker. Traveling abroad to help others was not even a possibility for me until I was awarded this scholarship. Thank you Nourish International! This is just one of the many ways you have changed my life.

Guest Post by Jared Staley, Student Board Member

March 11, 2014 | Posted in Nourish Office, Student Advisory Board, Student Spotlight | By

Guest Post by Jared Staley, OSU Chapter Member, Co-Chair of Student Advisory Board and Student Board Member

Jared Staley PicIn the fall of 2011, I began my time with Nourish International at The Ohio State University. Little did I know, this organization would light a fire inside of me and lead me down an incredible path. Nourish excited me because of its close community of leaders and the ability to really see how one individual can have a strong and lasting impact. Nourish International has helped me, as it has many other students, grow into a caring and compassionate leader. I began my time with Nourish as a general body member, and later took on the Marketing, Co-Leader, and Outreach positions within my Chapter. Today, I work with Nourish on a movement scale as Co-Chair of the Student Advisory Board and Student Board Member with the Board of Directors. The opportunities that Nourish provides students to develop as a true leader are endless.

Nourish International abled me to develop my leadership abilities unlike any other organization. From day one, I was made to feel like someone who had something to offer to the group. I was made to feel important. As I began to take on more leadership, I had my predecessors to look to. The leaders that came before me were honest, caring, supportive, and above all passionate. Nourish has taught me that to be a leader is to be a motivator. You are not required to have all the right answers nor all of the questions. To be a successful leader you have to be open to your peers. Nourish has taught me that leadership isn’t a place of power but a place of belief, love, and drive. As a leader, you need to have belief in your abilities, your peers’ abilities, and a collective mission. A Nourish Leader values the success of a collective, rather than the success of the singular.

Every member in Nourish International is a leader. We are a community of leaders that is constantly holding each other to higher standards, asking each other to be and do better. A Nourish Leader is a person who is able to see the abilities in others. They are able to take someone higher and bring out the leader in everyone. It’s that kind of community that makes the greatest of leaders.

– Jared Staley

Nourish is Thankful for our Generous Supporters

December 2, 2013 | Posted in Nourish Office, Office Updates, Student Spotlight | By

This week we’d like to thank Nourish supporters Mary Laurie and Joe Cece for their generous gift to fund the inaugural year of the Bridge Scholars Program this year. The Bridge Scholars program is designed to provide Nourish students with the opportunity to have a greater impact on global poverty.  We believe that qualified and dedicated Nourish students should be able to participate in a Nourish Project regardless of their financial situation.

Mary Laurie and Joe invested in this high impact program that gives scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need who have displayed excellence in their Nourish Chapter.

“I have always wanted to travel abroad and make a difference in others’ lives but it always seemed a bit out of my reach. When I heard about the project this summer to the Dominican Republic, I was ecstatic to help, but ultimately concerned about how I was going to fund my trip.  Thanks to the Bridge Scholarship I can now intern abroad and work towards making a lasting impact on a community in need.”

–      Jackie (UF Chapter member and 2013 Bridge Scholar)

During this season of thankfulness, we would like to thank Mary Laurie and Joe Cece for funding this program and providing exceptional student leaders with the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

It’s the Season of Thankfulness!

November 15, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Alumni Spotlight, Chapter, Chapter Founders, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight, Ventures | By

Last month, we learned how scary poverty can be. We learned how a terrible natural disaster can have devastating effects on impoverished areas across the world. However, we are proud of the entire Nourish community and all that we’ve done, and continue to do, to uplift  communities living in poverty. It is the season of thankfulness and we would like to dedicate these next few posts to those in the Nourish community whom we are truly thankful for.

To our students— You go above and beyond everyday and dedicate your time to the Nourish mission and for that, we thank you.

To our International partners— Your connection to the community gives us the insight into all that we can do to help. We are thankful for your constant dedication and encouragement with our projects.

To our Board of Directors— Your wisdom, experience, and commitment gives us the support we need in order to fulfill our goals. For that, we thank you.

To our Dedicated Friends and Supporters— You give advice, donations, volunteer, and find any way to get involved to help nourish thrive, and for that we thank you.

In our world today 1.29 billion people live on less than $1.25, 884 million people lack access to clean water, 925 million people are malnourished, and 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. We are thankful for your help as we work to improve these statistics and create the possibility of a better world.

Bridge Scholar finds passion with a hammer in one hand and her heart in the other

September 20, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Cornell, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight, Summer Projects, UPenn | By

Meet Christina Gutierrez, Nourish student from Cornell University and 2013 Bridge Scholar recipient, an amazing leader who fully embodies the values and mission of Nourish International.  Christina tells it best!

My name is Christina Gutierrez, a sophomore at Cornell University studying History with minors in Latin American studies and Inequality studies and I love to travel and combine my love for  cultures with my passion for international development.

We asked Christina, “Why Nourish”?

I became involved in Nourish almost immediately upon my arrival at Cornell because I thought that the goals and values behind Nourish International fit very closely to my own. I became a SAB (Student Advisory Board) student representative during my freshman year and now am the IP (International Projects) director for my chapter.

Finding an organization that truly empowers students to make meaningful changes in the world is just amazing. I have always had a passion for helping others and would really like to travel the world, meshing these two desires together seemed difficult until I found Nourish. Nourish makes me feel as if I have the ability to change the world; right now, as a student.

What project did you go on this past summer and why did you decide to participate?

I went on the Cornell-UPenn project in Managua, Nicaragua to partner with a grassroots non-profit ATRAVES. We worked in the small barrio of Camilo Ortega specifically within Barrio San William Galeano. Our project had three tiers; computer literacy, agriculture and health. I loved the project and really wanted to participate. I would not have been able to participate due to lack of travel funds this summer had it not been for the generosity and faith that NINO (Nourish International National Office)had in me. I was awarded a Bridge Scholarship, a competitive scholarship program that Nourish National Office offers to students wanting to volunteer abroad.

What did your project team achieve?

We taught dozens of classes in Nutrition, Environmental Education, Computer Literacy, Health and Sex Education. We planted hundreds of seedlings and created three new garden beds. The health group saw dozens of patients. We also collectively helped to complete the first ever electrical system in Camilo in the health center.

 What did you learn from this experience ?

This experience  helped me find my passion. I can make an impact doing what I love to do. It was an amazing feeling working and living in the community and I cannot wait to do it all over again, hopefully for the rest of my life!

I also learned how to chisel into a concrete wall with a hammer and pike, how to plant effectively, how to hoe and clear idle land, how to climb a volcano, how to bucket flush, how to dig huge holes, how to wash clothes on a pila, how to bargain with everyone, and how to enjoy all the little things.

What I learned from this trip cannot be measured, but I hope I will carry it with me forever and use my experiences to help me fulfill my dreams.

How do you hope your involvement in the Project will impact the area?

I hope that the electrical system we helped install will carry the Casa de Salud on its way to becoming a state recognized health clinic. I hope (most) of the seedlings we planted will survive and help provide more fresh produce to the community. I hope that the areas we cleared will be used to grow necessary plants and food for members of the community. I hope that the mosaics we helped the children make will make them feel as if the nursery is their’s as well. I hope the students took away a lot of valuable information from the lessons we taught; that they remember how to use Google docs, to type with both hands, that avocado is a fruit not a vegetable, that soil erosion can be treated with less deforestation, and that they are just kids. Most of all, I hope that they remember me and the whole team with a smile.

Announcing our 2013-14 Student Board Members

May 20, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight | By

We are proud to announce that Jared Staley (OSU ’15) and Brandon Agranovich (Miami ’16) are joining our Board of Directors as our Student Board Members! During their one year term, Jared and Brandon will represent Nourish’s student voice in the top level of our organization, as well as c0-lead our national Student Advisory Board. Many thanks to our outgoing Student Board Members, John McCreary (UT ’12) and Nicole Devereaux (UNM ’13) for their leadership during the 12-13 year.

Jared Staley is a junior at The Ohio State University, where he is pursuing his B.S. in Architecture and a minor in Design. He served as Marketing Director and Co-Chapter Leader for his Chapter, and will be taking on the new Outreach position. In addition to Nourish, Jared is involved in SERVitecture, a service oriented organization that partners with Habitat for Humanity; Knowlton School of Architecture Student Council, an advisory board of 18 students that act as liaisons between the faculty and staff and students; University Honors & Scholars Ambassadors, a volunteer organization that works closely with incoming Honors & Scholars freshmen; and Kuhn Honors and Scholars House Student Staff Assistant, a clerical work position where he works closely with the Advancement Officer, promoting Honors and Scholars events and initiatives. Jared’s passion for Nourish International, globalization, and alleviating poverty has propelled him to pursue future work in sustainable architecture and affordable housing. When he has free time, Jared enjoys reading, listening to new music, photography, working out, and his new-found pleasure in yoga.

Brandon Agranovich is a sophomore at Miami University and member of the Farmer School of Business Honors Program. He is pursing a B.S. in Marketing, with a minor in Spanish and entrepreneurship.  In his Miami Chapter, Brandon served as the Chapter Representative and member of the ventures committee, while also serving as the Regional Representative for his region. He hopes to bring his experience in running his own businesses for over 10 years, as well as his experience in social entrepreneurship to help Nourish’s mission reach more people. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys golf, traveling, and volunteering.

More 12-13 Chapter Founders

May 22, 2012 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Student Spotlight | By

Nourish is thrilled to announce another 5 of our 2012 Chapter Founders who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to found Nourish Chapters on their campus. We are so excited to welcome the Claremont Colleges, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh to the Nourish family!

Manya Janowitz is entering her sophomore year at Pomona College in Claremont, California, studying International Relations and French. Manya has always been interested in equality and social justice. Recently, she has expanded her interests globally and has begun to focus on sustainable development in college. She came across Nourish International and immediately fell in love with its mission, work, and model. She could not be more excited to bring it to the five Claremont Colleges and is confident the chapter will blossom and thrive. An avid actress, her passions include theater, tea, and yoga. Manya will continue to fight for a more equitable allocation of the world’s resources throughout her life, and she thinks the power we have to create change is astounding.


Jacob Fiksel will be a sophomore at Pomona College next year. He is majoring in economics with a minor in mathematics. Combating global poverty through sustainable community projects became his true passion after volunteering for six weeks in a Paraguayan community in the summer of 2010. In his free time he enjoys exercising, enjoying the company of his friends, and listening to music. Some of his favorite artists include The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Nas, and the Notorious BIG. He cannot wait to bring Nourish to the Claremont Colleges to work with fellow students on building a successful venture and fighting global poverty.

Carli Coughanowr is a junior at Indiana University studying Psychology and Pre-Medicine and completing a minor in Chemistry. While visiting UGA on her spring break 2012, Carli was introduced to Nourish International. She immediately knew Nourish would be a great fit at Indiana University. Carli decided to found the chapter with Mallory Harnish, a very good friend. She is very excited to see the variety of students that will become involved in the nourish chapter. Over the summer of 2012 Carli will make her second short-term mission trip to Poland. The first trip gave her the passion she has for international work on eradicating poverty. With the free time Carli has, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, taking runs on the beautiful IU campus, and watching Grey’s Anatomy. Carli wishes to practice medicine internationally one day and is excited to see where the new Nourish chapter will go at IU!


Mallory Harnish is entering her junior year at Indiana University majoring in Accounting and Finance. Coming into college as a freshman Mallory got involved in many organizations but wanted to find an organization fully focused on giving back and addressing global poverty. When she found Nourish International, Mallory knew this organization would be great for her campus. In her free time Mallory enjoys working out, listening to music, reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, camping, and being outdoors.


Alex Deuley is starting her sophomore year at the University of Pittsburgh.  She is undecided on her major but is considering Business, Economics, and Spanish.  She has never left the country but has big travel plans in her future.  Alex is very excited to propel into the fight against poverty and to bring such an engaging organization to Pitt’s campus.  She has great faith that the message and principles of Nourish will be well-received and supported by the student body.  In her free time, Alex enjoys playing any sport, running, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

New Chapter Founders for 12-13

May 14, 2012 | Posted in Chapter Founders, Student Spotlight | By

Nourish is thrilled to announce 5 of our 2012 Chapter Founders who have been selected from a competitive pool of applicants to found Nourish Chapters on their campus. We are so excited to welcome the University of Minnesota, Randolph-Macon College, Juniata College, and Boston University to the Nourish family!

Read on to learn more about these Chapter Founders:

Hanna Mihalko is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota. She is majoring in Genetics with a minor in Spanish Studies. While studying in Ecuador this past year, she was confronted with the devastating lack of basic needs in many communities. As she left Ecuador, Hanna was motivated to join the global fight to eradicate poverty and found Nourish as a practical way to pursue this dream. In her free time, Hanna loves to go biking in Minneapolis, hike along the Mississippi river, and cook with her friends.


Valeria Vargas Brenes is a United World College graduate that is currently a sophomore at Randolph-Macon College, VA. She’s from Costa Rica but lived in Norway for two years while studying at RCNUWC. Her majors are Political Science and Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Film. She was part of the founding group of the Peñas Culturales in Costa Rica and preformed her own poetry in these events for about three years. Valeria is excited to serve as Chapter Leader for the Nourish International Chapter at R-MC.



Shuyan Zhan is a rising sophomore in Randolph-Macon College. She is double-majoring in French and Econ/Business and minoring in English. As a Chinese student currently studying in the US, she is always fascinated by cultural encounters and is thrilled by the possibilities that Nourish International offers to foster outreach between different communities. She has a deep understanding of poverty and passion for a possible solution for the problems in impoverished areas. She is eagerly looking forward to the successful launch of Nourish on her campus.



Andrea Morillo is entering her sophomore year at Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA studying Integrated Media Arts with an emphasis in Business. As a Honduran, she’s always been aware of poverty and has always known she would dedicate her life to improving the living conditions of those in need. She is extremely grateful for her education and she withes to provide other Hondurans with opportunities for education. She strongly believes in Nourish’s capacity to make a difference and she’s extremely excited to be a part of it. In her free time she enjoys drawing, traveling and spending time with her family.



My name is Pooja Shah, and I will be a junior at Boston University in the 2012-2013 academic year, majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  My dream is to become a Doctor and ultimately join Doctors Without Borders.  In my free time, I enjoy dancing, reading, and going home to CT to spend time with my family.

My passion for international healthcare stemmed from traveling to India and understanding that underprivileged communities in Third-World Countries need and deserve our help the most.  I love to teach, and I believe that education and the appropriate resources are critical tools in building a successful and sustainable community. I believe that Nourish is the key to providing these tools and making a lasting global impact.  I am excited about bringing Nourish to BU, and I believe that it will flourish here because BU is an integrative university with students passionate about facilitating change.

Student Spotlight: University of Kansas Chapter Leader

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Chapter Updates, Nourish Office, Student Spotlight | By

This week, Nourish would like to recognize Adam Nicholson, the Chapter Leader and Chapter Founder of the University of Kansas Chapter!

What makes you passionate about Nourish?
I’ve always been passionate about people. My dad raised me to love people of all types and one of my favorite things has always been making people laugh or making them smile. I want to make the world a better place so that I can see the smiles on the faces of the people I helped and know that I helped put it there.  Nourish gives me a really great vehicle to be able to be creative and engage complex problems on a really approachable level. There’s a great network of mentors and fellow students and so it’s really a perfect environment for someone to better themselves.

What is one of your favorite memories of working with Nourish?
The Summer Institute was amazing. The best part was just getting to meet so many different, amazing people, especially the mentors. There was just something so powerful about that many people being in the same place, focused on accomplishing the same goal.  Founding a Nourish Chapter is a memory that will also stick with me forever. It’s a whirlwind, that’s for sure. I can’t narrow it down to a single moment, but the whole process is just insane. It’s amazing and frustrating and rewarding all at the same time.

What career path are you interested in? How do you think Nourish will prepare you for that possible career?
I’m hoping to get my PhD in Sociology. I haven’t narrowed down my research yet, but broadly speaking I’m interested in social class, stratification, economic inequalities, etc. The issues that I’m concerned about are what we deal with when we research our International Projects. Each project is unique because it has found a unique way to address poverty as it presents itself in that specific area. As a researcher, I want to know what sort of structures are creating the system of poverty that the people are living in.  I’m also very interested in working with NGOs and Non-Profits, so working with Nourish is a great introduction. I’d love to continue to be involved with Nourish after my time at Kansas is over.

Check this great video of Adam and the KU Nourish Chapter being featured in their school newspaper!

Student Spotlight: Ventures Directors

January 26, 2012 | Posted in Student Spotlight | By

This week, NINO would like to recognize two of our wonderful Ventures Directors:  Hetali Lodaya from UNC and Kayla Gogarty from UCLA.

Kayla Gogarty – UCLA

What passions drives you and your work with Nourish International?
My passion for Nourish and the social entrepreneurship movement is rooted in the fact that it works. It’s as simple as that. It is sustainable in every sense of the word, and there is no better feeling than knowing that every long hour of work you put in now, is building a strong foundation for future growth. Nourish makes it possible to connect with people and transform communities in a real and lasting way. Living in Guatemala this past summer to implement our project made me even more passionately dedicated to Nourish International because I saw our movement in action, and it really does work.

What is one of your favorite memories of working with Nourish?
Last year’s thrift sale! Working closely with each member of our team to put together a big, brand new event was an amazing feeling as Venture Director. I was so proud of our team’s organization and confidence! It was the first time we were able to engage hundreds of UCLA students into one venture, and every person who walked away from our event with recycled clothing and awareness of our project in Guatemala became part of the Nourish movement. The support we received from the national office and other Nourish Chapters was astounding, and it really inspired us to continue innovating new ideas as a chapter.

What career path are you interested in? How do you think Nourish will prepare you for that possible career?
I am currently applying to graduate schools to receive a master’s degree in Speech Pathology & Audiology. Eventually I will become a Speech & Language Therapist and work with children who have communicative disorders. In the future I hope to merge my intellectual interests with my passion for international development and bring comprehensive learning therapy centers to schools in developing countries. Nourish has shown me that leadership, resilience, creativity, and boundless energy are essential to creating lasting change in the world, and that is a lesson I will take with me in all of my future endeavors.

Hetali Lodaya – UNC

What passions drive you and your work with Nourish International?
Two passions drive my work with Nourish – the people and the model. Everyone at Nourish UNC is full of new ideas, enthusiasm, and a new perspective on the world. I have grown so much from knowing all of them thus far, and I love working with them each week! The model of Nourish – working through small communities instead of big top-down charities to drive change – is what initially attracted me to the organization. I think it is a step towards positive, powerful change, and I have really seen the potential that it has to succeed. With the combination of stellar people driving an impactful model, I think Nourish can have a huge voice in the conversation around sustainable development.

What is one of your favorite memories of working with Nourish?
Selling waffles in downtown Chapel Hill on a Friday night is a strange way to spend your time… but in Nourish, anything is possible. We ran the “Midnight Munch” Venture last fall and had a GREAT time talking to people walking up and down Franklin. I got to practice and perfect an elevator pitch that catered to a different audience than normal – and apparently it worked! When our waffle makers were struggling to keep up with demand, one couple walking by actually went back home and brought us their griddle to make pancakes with – they really appreciated what we were doing and were happy to support something innovative and impactful. What did YOU do last Friday night?

What career path are you interested in? How do you think Nourish will prepare you for that possible career?
I am interested in science policy, particularly the interaction between those developing the technologies for public health and safety – scientists, researchers, and engineers – and those with access to funding and responsibility for distribution – NGOs, businesspeople, governments, policy workers. I think that there is a HUGE communication gap that exists between these two groups – there’s not a lack of ideas in the world, only a struggle to implement them in the most effective ways. Nourish is a place where people of all academic backgrounds work together and really discuss the tough questions that need to guide both science research and policy analysis – I can practice those communication skills at every meeting!