Blue Hen Stories video series

Students share their personal stories and the impact of philanthropy on their Journey.

From cutting-edge research, to study abroad trips, to athletic championships and life-changing scholarships: every Blue Hen has a story to tell. But wherever they lead, each Blue Hen story begins with the donors who make these experiences possible.

 

Here, in their own words, UD students take time to reflect on their own unique journeys and thank those who helped them along the way.

A Blue Hen Story: Shane Gremo, BE24: youtube.com/watch?v=wBptlLARYvE

TOPICS: BLUE HEN INVESTMENT CLUB, LERNER

Shane Gremo, BE24, describes his experience as President of the Blue Hen Investment Club. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, students like Shane have invested $4.1m of the University’s endowment in sectors like technology, healthcare, communications and energy.  Through on-campus experiences like the Blue Hen Investment Club, Shane and his classmates move one step closer to their academic and professional dreams.

A Blue Hen Story: Devon Enoch, BE24: youtube.com/watch?v=lJWKfgHHW4Q

TOPICS: STUDY ABROAD, GREECE, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, LERNER

Devon Enoch, BE24, describes her experiences during a study abroad trip to Greece. Study abroad allows Blue Hens to expand their world views, gain new skills and learn from other cultures—yet many students are denied these opportunities due to a lack of funding. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, students like Devon are able to pursue these life-changing experiences: “This totally changed my whole worldview,” she explains.

A Blue Hen Story: Simon Brugel, EG25: youtube.com/watch?v=7gGSn9-mrgs

TOPICS: AUTISM, MODULAR MUSIC PROJECT, COMPUTER SCIENCE DEPT, MUSIC DEPT

Simon Brugel, EG25, describes his experience designing sound engineering tools for people with autism. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, Simon and his fellow researchers at the Modular Music program have created tools that help people on the autism spectrum enjoy music more easily.

A Blue Hen Story: Evyn Appel, ANR25: youtube.com/watch?v=esk5Qrs9_xY

TOPICS: HENFUNDER, HYDROPONICS, COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES

University of Delaware student Evyn Appel, ANR25, describes her experiences with UD’s Hydroponics Club. Through the generosity of donors on UD’s HenFunder platform, Evyn and her classmates conduct research on agricultural methods that conserve land and protect the environment.

A Blue Hen Story: Erik Ashley, AS23: youtube.com/watch?v=H5nY3YSLUns

TOPICS: CENTER FOR INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT, DE&I, ARTS & SCIENCES

University of Delaware student Erik Ashley, AS23, describes his experiences with UD’s Center for Intercultural Engagement. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, the Center works to increase campus diversity and deliver resources to communities in need. “It’s finally coming to a place where I can truly appreciate what the University of Delaware and all its donors are putting their money toward,” Erik explains.

A Blue Hen Story: Dyhia D. Hammadi, AS24: youtube.com/watch?v=fXsLvDxk5DU

TOPICS: FIRST GENERATION/WE'RE FIRST CLUB, BLUE HEN STRONG, STUDENT SUCCESS 

Dyhia D. Hammadi, AS24, describes her experiences with UD’s We’re First Club for first-generation college students. Through UD donors’ generous contributions to the Blue Hen Strong fund, first-generation students like Dyhia are connected with resources and scholarships. Dyhia’s leadership experience with We’re First has given her resume a boost and put her career ambitions within reach.

A Blue Hen Story: Luke Stuchlik, HS23: youtube.com/watch?v=roqlm6LnkCg

TOPICS: NURSING, SCHOLARSHIP, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, CHRISTIANA CARE

Luke Stuchlik, HS23, describes his experience as a scholarship student in UD’s nursing program. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, Luke and his classmates are using advanced technology—including virtual reality—to prepare students for challenging real-world medical situations. “I’m grateful to everyone who made all these experiences possible.”

A Blue Hen Story: Jessica Pidgeon, EHD23: youtube.com/watch?v=-i07H1jsiCM

TOPICS: STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COUNCIL, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION MAJOR, LEADERSHIP

Jessica Pidgeon, EHD23, describes her experience of serving on UD’s Student-Athlete Advisory Council. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, the Council has created positive change for student-athletes and given Blue Hens like Jessica critical leadership opportunities: “These experiences have been really crucial in my journey here,” she explains.

A Blue Hen Story: Genpei “John” Ye, BE24: youtube.com/watch?v=VAxQeHqmyQo

TOPICS: HORN, BUSINESS & SOCIAL INNOVATION, COMP SCI LIB PROJECT, COMPUTER SCIENCE THEORY

Genpei “John” Ye, BE24, describes his experiences with Horn Entrepreneurship. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, aspiring innovators like John can pursue their passions and find solutions to tomorrow’s most pressing challenges. “Thank you so much,” John says, “for helping me to be where I am today.”

A Blue Hen Story:Joshua Artis, EG24: youtube.com/watch?v=w40Vgh6Iiz4

TOPICS: NATIONAL SOCIETY OF BLACK ENGINEERS, COMPUTER SCIENCE, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP.

Joshua Artis, EG24, describes his experience as Treasurer of the National Society for Black Engineers. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, Joshua has experienced opportunities to grow both inside the classroom and beyond. This kind of opportunity, he explains, is “what pushes people to move forward toward success.”

A Blue Hen Story: Priya Thamburaj, EOE25: youtube.com/watch?v=WDyOWmjdzxw

TOPICS: CLIMATE SCHOLARS, ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, CLIMATE CHANGE, JERSEY SHORE

Priya Thamburaj, EOE25, describes her experiences with UD’s Climate Scholars program. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, students like Priya are conducting vital research on environmental sustainability. “We are going to be the ones who go out into the world and address the issue of climate change,” she explains.

A Blue Hen Story: Moses Martinez, AS24: youtube.com/watch?v=juV-rOfcK_I

TOPICS: STAVROS NIARCHOS FND. ITHICA INITIATIVE, CIVIL DISCOURSE RESEARCH, DEMOCRACY

Moses Martinez, AS24, describes his experience of researching civil discourse through the Biden School’s Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Ithaca Initiative. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, students like Moses have conducted critical research on improving civil discourse and creating a better-functioning democracy for all.

A Blue Hen Story: Hannah Slesinski, ANR24: youtube.com/watch?v=0Z0ndOxZuVA

TOPICS: INTERNSHIP, WILDLIFE HOSPITAL, HONORS COLLEGE, ACCESS, EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING, CANR

Hannah Slesinski, ANR24, describes her internship at the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Hospital. Internships provide Blue Hens with vital opportunities to learn new skills, grow their professional networks and secure employment—yet many are denied these opportunities due to a lack of funding. Thanks to UD donors’ generosity, students like Hannah are able to pursue these life-changing experiences: “I probably wouldn’t have been able to participate in this internship without that funding,” she explains.