Marissa Davis

Marissa Davis │ Paducah, KY — English Literary Studies, 2017

Marissa Davis, originally from Paducah, Kentucky, is a member of the class of 2017. Marissa is pursuing a major in English Literary Studies and a minor in French. This summer, she will be partaking in the OACS service trip in Rabat, Morocco. This two-part program includes pre-trip trainings and informational sessions followed by six weeks of on-site service. The program specializes in health, education, and community development.


Leah Chisholm

Leah Chisholm | Atlanta, GA – Neuroscience, 2015

Leah Chisholm is a senior in the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt. She is from Atlanta, GA. Leah is a neuroscience major with a Spanish minor, and will be attending medical school next year. Her Nichols Fund Project involves participating in the OACS Global Service Trip to Rabat, Morocco. While there, she will be working with multiple organizations involving health care, teaching the English language to youth, and social justice advocacy for women’s rights.

Mary Casey

Mary Isabel Casey | Maspeth, NY – Medicine, Health, and Society, 2018

Mary Isabel Casey is a sophomore from Maspeth, New York. She is majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and double minoring in Spanish and Women’s and Gender Studies. Mary will be working for a non-profit, public health organization in Newham, a borough of London, as well as interacting with local and governmental officials to gain further insight on health issues facing the community. Mary is excited to learn about London’s healthcare system and hopes to use the knowledge she gains to solidify her future career endeavors in healthcare.

Natalie Brackett

Natalie Brackett | Chattanooga, TN – M.Ed.
International Education Policy and Management

Natalie Brackett received her BA in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. Brackett’s demonstrated commitment to South and Southeast Asian communities has included study and research throughout Nepal, Bhutan and India; a yearlong Princeton in Asia teaching fellowship in remote northern Thailand; and ongoing work with refugee populations in the United States. The Nichols Fund will support Brackett’s efforts in Sikkim, India, where she will join the Tennessee-based Taraloka Foundation in their mission to provide education, healthcare, and safe refuge for vulnerable Himalayan youth. The non-profit’s Happiness Home is a place of comfort and love for over two-dozen girls rescued from very difficult circumstances, and Natalie is thrilled to serve there in the summer of 2016.