Get to know Kelsey Nulph
College student works to eradicate malaria
BATAVIA – In March, Batavia High School graduate Kelsey Nulph, devised, planned and hosted a musical event on the campus of Wartburg College in Iowa – a benefit concert to raise funds for the treatment and prevention of malaria worldwide. The Wartburg Malaria Initiative, which she created, has raised more than $36,000 this year. The benefit concert was the signature event in a multifaceted drive complementing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Malaria Campaign. She has been recognized for her philanthropic efforts with the Dell Award for Peace and Justice, Nobility Award and the St. Elizabeth’s Award for Service. The third-year college student took a few moments to answer questions of Republican Managing Editor Sherri Dauskurdas about the Wartburg Malaria Initiative, the concert and why she feels so passionate about the cause.
Sherri Dauskurdas: Why did you begin the Wartburg Malaria Initiative?
Kelsey Nulph: Last January (2012), I learned of a grant opportunity provided through the ELCA for colleges/universities to get involved in the ELCA Malaria Campaign. After constructing a plan and rallying the support of Wartburg faculty, staff and students, I applied for a grant and was notified weeks later that I received two grants. One grant was to be allocated toward social media costs, and the other for programming costs. Through both grants, matching funds were provided to match all that Wartburg would eventually raise. I built the initiative on four key tiers; education, hospitality, fundraising and the benefit concert. After planning all last spring and summer, the Wartburg Malaria Initiative finally began in September. As a whole, the initiative has involved over a third of Wartburg’s student body and has raised a little over $36,500, all of which will be matched through the grant when we have our final fundraising total. The original fundraising goal was $35,000, so after achieving that goal, a new fundraising goal has been set to $38,000 by the end of May, the conclusion of our academic year.
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