Andrea Everhart ’09 (Lancaster, Pa.), a marketing and grants coordinator at Martin Library in York, Pa., recently helped secure a $100,000 grant for the York County Library System to provide free financial literacy programs to children and teens in York County.
“I couldn’t be happier that this grant was approved,” she said. “There are many families in York County who are lacking basic financial literacy skills such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely. This grant enables York County libraries to partner with York County elementary and high schools to improve these skills.”
Last year, Andrea, a professional writing graduate, illustrated a children’s book, “B is for Boomer: A York Revolution Alphabet,” as part of a campaign to raise funds and awareness for the libraries.
“I enjoy my job because I have the opportunity to write and be artistic,” she said. “Between grant writing and marketing, I have found two loves in one job.”
Andrea attributes much of her success to the education she received at York College.
“I had a lot of self-confidence following graduation,” she said. “I felt ready and equipped to meet challenges and opportunities head on. All of my professors were supportive and genuinely wanted to see me succeed.”
Andrea reminds professional writing majors to try to step outside of their writing styles and try new things.
“Ask yourself if you can sustain a career in a position where you are writing for 40 hours a week,” she added. “If the answer is no, then find a position that includes activities that can give you a break from writing. My break from grant writing is marketing.”
By Megan Black '12, Office of Communications intern
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