Students in Philanthropy raise nearly $17 thousand dollars for local non profits

UTPB student philanthropists

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - A quiet student working in an office found her place in school four years ago.

"Ever since that first meeting, I just fell in love with it and I've been here ever since," said Alex Rathbon.

A simple invitation was all it took to spark a life of giving for Rathbon.

"I was working in Ms. Sewell's office, she's the vice president for student services and she just casually mentioned it to me one day was like hey you should join that looks kind of fun. And I was like okay,"said Rathbon.

It was in this organization that she learned she did not need to have a lot of money to make a difference, just a lot of hard work and determination.

"Just the work that we do...it’s really rewarding to give to the community," said Rathbon.

Rathon fell in love with the organization and the platform, it gave her and her peers to make a difference in the community.

Alex and 18 of her student peers worked on different fundraisers during the Fall semester to earn money for local non-profits.

This semester they've spent their time vetting out who to award their grants to.

"We split up into committees, do site visits, really review their grant applications and pick from those," said Rathbon.

Alex will take what she’s learned from her experiences as a student philanthropist and apply them as she begins her next step in life after graduating in May.

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