It Starts With Me…

a montage of scholarsThe Magnolia Scholars program carries the legacy of “Old Wake Forest. ” When Wake Forest opened, it was an Eastern North Carolina, white, male, Baptist college. Virtually all of the students were from farms and small towns, many were first generation college students. They left Wake Forest with grand ambitions to serve the larger state, regional, and national community, building our institutional reputation with their deeds.  Though we are now a nationally ranked university with a richly diverse population, we are still that same small school at heart. The first generation students that built Wake Forest will always be a special population here.

Magnolia Scholar to Featured Graduate

20150507linnet2986Linnet Hennkens-Cruz is one of 17 graduates featured for the Wake Forest University 2015 Commencement. Linnet majored in Spanish and plans to work as a legal interpreter and freelance as a translator for a year in Arizona. Afterwards, she plans to attend law school and become an international or immigration lawyer.

Magnolia Scholar to Fulbright Finalist

Araceli Morales-Santos (’14) is one of nine Wake Forest recent graduates and alumni to be selected as a finalist for the US Student Fulbright Program. Araceli will be an English Teaching Assistant in Brazil (2016). Good luck and success to Araceli! Read more >>>

A Magnolia Scholar Defines Pro Humanitate

Joseph Belangia, Hit the Bricks

Last weekend, Joseph Belangia was chopping wood in rural Wake County to provide firewood to families in need. A few days before, he raced around Hearn Plaza to raise money for the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund during Hit the Bricks. Today, he is working to achieve his goal to expand a service project at a local retirement community to 200 volunteers. Click here to read more.

Magnolia Scholars Program Receives 6.5M Gift

Dr. Steve and Mrs. Becky Scott

Dr. Steven and Becky Scott have committed $6.5 million to further the education of first generation college students through Wake Forest’s Magnolia Scholars program. Click here to read the full story

Weaving education, entertainment

The first showing is always the most difficult. Last April, when Wake Forest senior Jawad Wahabzada (’14) premiered his documentary “Children of Kabul” at RiverRun Film Festival, it was to a packed crowd filled with so many faces, he felt a little intimidated. Click here to read more


Preparing for your path

When Corynn Kolberg arrived at Wake Forest last August, she was surprised to see a session with the Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD) on her orientation schedule. After all, she was just a first-year student. Click here to read the full article

‘Children of Kabul’ Documentary by Jawad Wahabzada

Starting at age seven, Wake Forest junior and Magnolia Scholar, Jawad Wahabzada spent four years working eight hours a day as a child laborer in Afghanistan making Persian rugs in a factory. Though he now lives 7,000 miles from his birth country, his heart is not far from the children of Kabul. Click here to read the entire article

Chakayla Taylor, Fashionista

Flash back to September 2008: I was a senior high school student attending Prospective Student Day in the Wake Forest University Schools of Business. I was captivated with the idea of applying to the business school. Though English was a passion of mine, I was ready to trade in that dream for power suits and leather briefcases. Click here to read more

First-Generation Students Spread Their Roots in College Pursuits

Making the transition from high school to college is daunting for every student, but even more so for first-generation college students.

Almost 10 percent of the undergraduate population at Wake Forest is comprised of first-generation students, and the university is dedicated to continuing the tradition of affording competitive educations to students from all walks of life through the Magnolia Scholarship program. Click here to read the article

Gerson Lanza uses dance as a form of expression

Single-handedly responsible for breathing new life into the Wake Forest tap dancing community, junior Gerson Lanza is a student worth knowing. Coming to campus from Harlem, N.Y., by way of Honduras, Lanza is a History and Spanish major with a passion for tapping. Though many students may not even know of its existence, there is a Tap Club at the university led by Lanza, its president. He says the tap community here is not as vibrant as he would like, but he is seizing the opportunity to bring attention to the art form and leave his mark on campus.