The initiative has been as successful as could have been imagined, both on and off campus, and mostly because of the Malawi students themselves. Their strong work ethic and positive school spirit have inspired and motivated many of our traditional students. Several faculty members have noted that discussions in their classes have been enhanced by the Malawi students and the experiences they have been able to relate to others. The Malawi students have distinguished themselves as able scholars as well. All maintain over a 3.0 GPA, and the vast majority have graduated with honors. Several have been selected for membership in The Mortar Board, a national honor society.
Off campus, many area churches, businesses, and community groups have donated winter clothing and personal items, collected used textbooks for shipment to Malawi, and invited the students to give presentations about their country. Individual families have volunteered to become "host" families to the students, taking them to church and opening their homes to them for holiday meals.
In short, the Malawi students have become integral and valued members of the Lakeland community, and the program has provided the College with another path to fulfilling its mission.