Katie Poulton of Port Charlotte and Taylor Smythe of Wellington have been chosen as the 2011 recipients of the Servant Leadership Award from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
|Taylor Smythe and Katie Poulton|
The Servant Leadership Award recognizes students who are leaders in the areas of ministry and community service. Awards are provided through a generous donation from Sam and Betsy Reeves of North Palm Beach.
The award totals $1,000 with $750 going toward a scholarship and $250 contributed to a charity of the recipient’s choice. A committee of University faculty and staff chose Poulton and Smythe for their acts of service on campus and beyond.
Poulton is a junior who is majoring in psychology. She has served as a Workship leader for the past two years, and she also has served as a resident assistant. In her residence hall, she also has served as a Point 58 Bible study leader.
In the summer of 2010, she traveled to Southeast Asia on a mission trip with other PBA students.
Poulton said PBA’s Workship community service program has had a great impact on her. "Since being at PBA, my life has somehow shifted from being focused on me to being focused on the work of Christ in the world around me," she wrote in her application for the award.
Poulton plans to attend graduate school and work with children in the field of physical therapy or occupational therapy. She has chosen Palmer Home for Children in Columbus, Miss., a place where she has volunteered during spring break for the past three years, as her charity.
Like Poulton, Smythe is a junior who is majoring in psychology. His minor is in graphic design.
He has served on PBA’s Impact Leadership Team both as an assistant and as an intern, and he has served as a resident assistant and as assistant resident director. He worked on the yearbook staff as Christian service editor and later as design editor. He also served as Sailfish Cup captain last year.
Smythe hopes to continue impacting other young people after graduation as a resident director. "Being an RA has helped me grow and become more confident in my leadership abilities, and also unearthed a passion to see other young men grow," Smythe wrote.
For his charity, Smythe chose First Care Family Resources in West Palm Beach.