Scholars represent UofL in 'Up to Us' competition on national debt

(Feb. 12, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Four McConnell Scholars help raise campus awareness on long-term national debt.
Scholars represent UofL in 'Up to Us' competition on national debt

Four McConnell Scholars have joined student leaders from more than 40 campuses nationwide to raise awareness and help facilitate conversations about long-term national debt. Ocey Holland (’18), Alicia Humphrey (’17), Diana Lalata (’17), and X’Zashea Lawson-Mayes (’18) will represent the University of Louisville in the month-long "Up To Us Competition."

The group is hosting "My Two Cents Day" on Feb. 12, allowing students "to get loud" about national debt. They have also coordinated social media campaigns and other events during the Jan. 26 to Feb. 20 competition window.

"We think it's an extremely important issue that simply isn't talked about much," Lalata said. "We want to bring light to a problem that will become a significant obstacle for our nation if it remains unaddressed."

"Up to US" is a nationwide campus competition that encourages students to educate others on national economic issues facing future generations. Selected teams receive training and funds to run campaigns, with the winning team earning a $10,000 grant and recognition from former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

By Chloe Zoeller, 2016 McConnell Scholar.