January 6, 2017 at 2:15pm
Dane Lisser

Tim McElroy, a senior physical education major from Mt. Zion, Ill., is a member of the Millikin University Cross Country-Track and Field team and a Long-Vanderburg (LV) Scholar.

For the past three years, McElroy has made an impact on campus as a Long-Vanderburg Scholars Mentor. As a mentor, McElroy has played an important part in helping new LV Scholars get acclimated to the Millikin campus through several experiences. Among those experiences include the Long-Vanderburg Summer Leadership Academy which focuses on academics, leadership and commitment to social justice and service.

The Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program is an honors program that provides historically underrepresented students, and those interested in social justice and commitment to diversity and inclusion, the opportunity to uphold and contribute to the legacy of academic excellence, leadership and service at Millikin University through curricular and co-curricular activities.

"Being a part of the Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program has made me a better person through all walks of life," McElroy said.

McElroy will graduate from Millikin in spring 2017 and will be certified to teach K-12 physical education as well as driver's education.

"Eventually my plan is to earn a master's and become an administrator or an athletic director," McElroy said. "I know who I am, I know what I want, and I was able to be myself on campus. I'm thankful for all the opportunities I've had in the Long-Vanderburg Scholars Program."