Shelly Kaur will be starting life after college as certainly as she began her life at Clemson. Following her graduation with a degree in marketing, Kaur will be starting a 15-month professional experience with investment firm Vanguard in its prestigious Vanguard Accelerated Development Program.
But the company’s prestige wasn’t the program’s biggest selling point. What Kaur valued was its commitment to service, the target demographic of families and investment in the community.
“I’m a people person. My biggest passion is adding value to someone’s life,” Kaur said.
While at Clemson, Kaur did exactly that. As community service chair for her fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and sorority Delta Sigma Theta, Kaur connected Clemson students with the local community through service.
In the past two years, she served as team captain for Relay for Life and organized volunteer activities to serve nonprofit organizations around the Clemson area.
“Students live in a happy bubble, and we don’t always see what’s outside. That’s why we need to serve beyond campus,” Kaur explained.
Since her freshman year, Kaur has made service — especially servant leadership — a focus of her undergraduate preparation. She entered Clemson as a Community Scholar, a four-year program that emphasizes service on local, national and global levels, requiring students to achieve 56 hours of community service per semester
Kaur is a Thomas F. Chapman Leadership Scholar, a three-year program that gives students an opportunity to learn and apply lessons associated with servant leadership. And her senior project has been volunteering with Safe Harbor, an organization dedicated to protecting and helping victims of domestic violence.
“I would tell incoming students and others that you need to find your passion, and then give back. One person could change someone’s life,” Kaur said.
Kara Robertson, Class of 2016, Creative Services
Leah VanSyckel, Class of 2016, Creative Services
Sara Ann Hutto, Class of 2017, Creative Services