Stephanie Neu, Eta Chi-Elon, describes her first semester at Elon University as lonely until she joined Kappa Delta. Serving her chapter as the vice president-operations, Stephanie has strengthened her leadership skills while growing deep and meaningful relationships with her KD sisters.
When the coronavirus pandemic abruptly ended in-person instruction at Elon, Stephanie and Eta Chi’s chapter council had to adapt what leading the chapter looked like, too. “Being on council during a pandemic has been challenging and rewarding,” she says. “Leading from a distance requires a whole new set of skills. As a council, we have had to navigate not only how to do business and events away from campus and each other, but also manage conflict, and plan and organize how the fall semester might look.”
COVID-19 has impacted Stephanie personally, as well. Her sister and grandmother have moved in with Stephanie and her parents during the pandemic. Although her parents have been able to provide financial support for her education so far, Stephanie’s father was recently laid off. Now her family is supported only by her mother’s income.
As one of the Kappa Delta Foundation Emergency Hardship Scholarship recipients, Stephanie was awarded a $2,019 scholarship that will provide her with tuition support for the 2020-2021 academic year. These scholarships were made possible by generous donors who gave to the foundation’s Giving Tuesday Now campaign this spring.
“Kappa Delta has given me powerful mentors, compassionate friendships, wonderful leaders, and caring sisters,” she says. “I truly believe these relationships and skills have made me into a better student, leader, woman, and member of Kappa Delta.”
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