Allison Richmond is an Arizona native and a junior at Grand Canyon University. She is currently earning her Bachelor of Science in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing with a minor in marketing. She hopes to use her degree to pursue a career in journalism or advertising in order to share her ideas and creativity with the world. Allison has a passion for writing. She has gotten the opportunity to pursue this passion through writing for Odyssey Online, working on writing research with her professor and writing for the GCU blogs.
This past April, GCU saw one of its beloved students, Marco Burgarello, graduate from GCU’s Colangelo College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics. Burgarello’s impact while at GCU, and the impact he is currently making outside of GCU’s gates, is inspiring and encouraging to other students who are wondering how God can use them to influence their community.
Impacting Phoenix Youth
During his time at GCU, Burgarello made quite an impact on the community through his work with youths at the Arizona Juvenile Corrections facility on Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix. Burgarello displayed Grand Canyon University servant leadership when he took the initiative to start a ministry tutoring 12 to 18 years old convicted felons, to help them earn their GED.
GCU’s Spiritual Life and Local Outreach offices gave Burgarello clearance to start the ministry about a year ago and soon he had 30 fellow students involved to help tutor the kids twice a week.
At first, the kids at the corrections facility were skeptical and did not believe there was much else for them to do in their lives. Burgarello showed them differently and the demand for volunteers and tutors kept growing. They started with only 17 participants, but had to expand to tutoring twice a week to accommodate all the kids in the corrections facility that wanted help.
As of April, eight kids at the facility have earned their GEDs and some were even invited to attend a GCU basketball game.
After graduation, Burgarello moved on to a new challenge. This GCU alum was chosen as one of about 200 students nationwide, out of 2,447 applicants, to be a part of a two-year paid fellowship sponsored by Venture for America (VFA). VFA’s mission is to create economic opportunity in cities throughout the U.S. by giving up-and-coming entrepreneurs the skills and resources they need to create jobs.
The selection process for the VFA fellowship was strenuous and included a four-round process of essay questions, resume submissions, a Skype interview, problem solving simulations and many presentations.
Burgarello’s heart for helping the disadvantaged served him well in this chapter of his and will continue to do so! He now works for Queen City FinTech in Charlotte, NC, where he and his team work toward maturing and developing financial technology startups.
How GCU Helped
While the application process was tough, Burgarello rose to the occasion. A natural born leader, Burgarello credits his success in the program to GCU’s Colangelo College of Business.
When one of the application judges commented on his how knowledgeable and prepared Burgarello was, he responded, saying, “I have to credit that to GCU and the Colangelo College of Business with Randy Gibb because that’s where I learned it. Without that, it would have been different.”
The classes and faculty members at the Colangelo College of Business have really helped Bugarello to achieve his goals, and most importantly, to share the love of Jesus in every setting.
While Marco Burgarello has since graduated, he will continue to live out the values he learned while here at GCU, inspiring other students, as well as the former juvenile hall detainees, to do the same.
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Written by Allison Richmond, a professional writing major.