The first thing Alexis did after graduation was give back to UGA. “I didn’t even miss a beat. Giving back was a no-brainer,” she said. She chose to give to the CAES Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA), Black Alumni Scholarship Fund, CAES Fund, and the Eterna Fund.
The ODA and CAES had a significant impact on Alexis’ academic and personal growth. As a student worker in the ODA, she was deeply affected by the people and the work. “It had a huge impact on me and it was a game changer for how my career went,” she said.
The Eterna Fund is an endowed fund that supports the CAES Alumni Association’s efforts to provide student scholarships and programming for alumni and students alike. In 2017, the Eterna Fund helped her, as president of UGA Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS), increase the number of UGA students attending the MANRRS national conference—the same conference where, in 2015, Alexis secured her first John Deere internship. Supporting the Eterna Fund makes Alexis feel like a part of the big, impactful changes and innovations that are happening among students.