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2024 Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Douglas Weinandy

Posted by Rachel Jarvis on Fri, Jun 14, 2024

Douglas WeinandyThe Community Foundation for Crawford County is pleased to introduce Douglas Weinandy, a 2024 recipient of one of the nine Glen and Alice Beers Scholarship awards and one of the 20 Margaret and Donald Wenner, MD Scholarship awards.

Douglas, the son of Gregg Weinandy and Terri Searcy, is a 2004 graduate of Bucyrus High School. He is in his second year of a Doctorate in Criminal Justice at Liberty University.


What is your favorite aspect of college life and why?

"One of my favorite aspects about college is how my professors challenge me both academically and intellectually. These individuals have had a significant impact on my success throughout my time in college. They've pushed me in various ways, allowing me to bring out my best qualities. They continue to challenge me every day, encouraging me to think outside the box. My hard work and dedication have paid off, and I owe a great deal of gratitude to my family, friends, colleagues, and mentors who have helped me achieve my personal and professional goals, both in and outside of the classroom."

What new interests or courses of study have you discovered at college?

"Throughout college, I have become interested in two fields of study. One of them involves criminological theories, which provide us with explanations and evaluations of crime and the processes of criminalization in our society. By studying these theories, we can gain a better understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. Criminologists conduct research and investigate the behavioral patterns of crime and criminals, as well as examine society's responses to crime. Biological, psychological, sociological, and other explanations of crime can help us find ways to respond to crime and reduce recidivism and reoffending in the future. The other field that has caught my attention is leadership within our society. Effective leadership requires political, ethical, and emotional intelligence. These forms of intelligence are vital in leading organizations throughout the world today."

In what way has the college experience changed/improved you?

"I am grateful for my college experiences as they have enabled me to evolve as an individual and have a clear sense of direction. Interacting with motivated people who are eager to achieve their lifelong goals has been an incredibly inspiring experience. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning from my instructors and peers and have established valuable connections that will help me utilize my leadership skills in both my personal and professional life."

What advice would you give an incoming college freshman?

"College is a time for personal growth, where students must be willing to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zones, and take risks. As incoming freshmen, it's important to embrace unique experiences and situations that come your way, as they can help you build a foundation for the future you want. Throughout your college years, take advantage of the support and help offered by others, and use these experiences to help you achieve your goals. Don't hesitate to ask for help, as many people are willing to offer assistance and support. Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved with athletic and academic organizations, intramural sports, and other extracurricular activities. Participating in these athletics and activities can help make the transition to college much easier, and enable students to enjoy their college years to the fullest."

What is one item on your bucket list and why?

"One of the most significant items on my bucket list it to embark on an extended road trip across the United States. I would love to hop in a car, roll the windows down, and drive into the open countryside. There is so much land to explore, people to meet, and food to try across the country. Along the way, I would capture aerial photographs and videos of all the stunning places using my drones. Some places on my bucket list include Fenway Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Grand Canyon National Park, and Yosemite National Park. A long road trip across the country would allow me to create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime. Hopefully, it would be an inspiration to my friends and family to do the same."


Congratulations and good luck in the future, Douglas!

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