Student Profile - Writing

A Passion for Service

Stacy Tolos covered the world while at Vanderbilt. By the time she had received her second Vanderbilt degree in August 2007, a Master's of Public Policy in Education Policy, she had worked in Washington, D.C., West Africa, Dubai, and a high poverty neighborhood in Nashville.

A born organizer, Stacy helped organize the Education Without Borders conference in Dubai in 2006 and used her Vanderbilt connections to invite Nobel laureate, Muhammad Yunus to give the keynote speech.  As a freshman, she started Synergy College Prep, a program that assists at-risk high school youth in Nashville with the college application process.

As an Ingram Scholar, she was able to attend a wide variety of cultural events in Nashville and participated in Scholars seminars. Several of her summer internships were spent in Washington, D.C. working in the areas of  social entrepreneurship, AIDS community action, and education. Stacy credits faculty mentors and help from the Vanderbilt Office of Active Citizenship and Service with supporting her desire to experience a broad range of service learning going beyond class requirements.

What's next? Stacy is studying at Emory Law School towards a J.D. in public interest law to further her desire to shape public policy in education.

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