Madison Rhodes just felt like Huntington University was her niche. The Horizon
Scholarship recipient heard about Huntington through Youth for Christ but has found so many more opportunities to impact her community.
After talking with Sara Diehl, senior admissions counselor, Rhodes knew that the Horizon scholarship was just another avenue God was blessing her with to be able to attend Huntington.
Huntington University and Youth for Christ created the Horizon Leadership Program with the goal of developing a more racially and ethnically diverse campus.
“I do receive other financial aide and qualify to be a work-study student also I receive the campus life ministry association scholarship,” Rhodes said.
Rhodes is a sophomore accounting major with a heart for business and to serve others through continuing to work with Youth for Christ.
Throughout high school, she was striving to make an impact in her community and for the students around her. She worked on the student activities council, secretary of the National Honor Society, tutoring other students and working as a campus tour guide.
At Huntington, Rhodes works alongside Youth for Christ and Campus Life at Huntington North High School. She is also a volunteer at Riverview and Crestview schools. On campus, Rhodes works in admissions and uses her bright and bubbly personality to advocate for the school.
Coming to know the Lord more than four years ago, Rhodes knows the importance of relying on your friends for encouragement and to be a positive influence.
“The Christian atmosphere was appealing to me because I thought it’d help in my walk, but found out that it’s up to yourself and encouragement through friends to do so,” she said.
She also knows the importance of giving back to her community and she knows that her time at Huntington is one that will help her continue to grow into a godly woman. For her, the most important thing is to be able to give back to the community and be able to make a difference in someone else’s life.
“My favorite thing about HU would be the fact that there are so many opportunities to serve not only on campus but off campus too. It helps to bring the Huntington community together and allows for opportunities to make a difference in someone's life who needs it,” Rhodes said.
The Horizon Leadership Program encourages the holistic development of student leaders through community service, academic success, professional/leadership development, spiritual development and social development. Students enrolled in the program are required to maintain 2.5 grade point average, meet with the director of the program weekly and volunteer at the Primetime Center in Fort Wayne.