Kameron Echols receives Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award
Contact 1: Erin Chesnut
MARTIN, Tenn. — Kameron Echols, of Memphis, is one of five students statewide to receive a 2017 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award, as chosen by a Tennessee Higher Education Commission taskforce. The award was officially presented during a reception held April 21.
The award is named for the late state representative Harold Love, who was instrumental in passing legislation to create community service recognition programs at the state level in 1991. Each year, five students and five faculty or staff members from the state’s higher education institutions are chosen from nominations statewide.
Echols, a senior criminal justice major at the University of Tennessee at Martin, was nominated for his work with community youth programs such as the Martin Housing Authority’s after-school program.
Robert Nunley, program coordinator for the Martin Housing Authority’s after-school program, highly recommended Echols to the award selection committee.
“As a volunteer, (Echols) would often surpass his college peers by making contributions to the overall quality of life among our students. He helped improve the after-school program’s efficiency, which increased overall improvement in students’ academic outcomes. Further, he was extremely effective in attracting his college peers to serve as volunteers for the after-school program. He is personally responsible for recruiting scores of university students and faculty members to perform hundreds of volunteer service hours,” Nunley wrote in his nomination letter.
Nunley also praised Echols for his leadership of the Martin Housing Authority’s summer enrichment program, which has served more than 300 children and youth during Echols’ time with the organization.
“Kameron’s volunteer work is not limited to the Martin Housing Authority but to the community as a whole. He also serves on the Weakley County Coalition, Weakley County Extended Advisory Board and is actively engaged in several service activities at UT Martin,” wrote Gina McClure and John Paul Robinson in their nomination letter. McClure and Robinson are UT Martin employees who have worked with Echols on campus and observed his dedication to the local community youth.
In addition to his time spent in the Martin community, Echols is also an active figure on campus and works to promote the ideals of leadership and service among his peer group. He has served as both president and vice president of the Tau Psi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and under his leadership the chapter has received the chapter of the year, chancellor’s cup, emerging leader and highest community service awards. Echols also initiated the fraternity’s annual “Week of Service,” which gives back to many areas of the local community.
PHOTO ID: Kameron Echols, of Memphis, is one of five students statewide to receive a 2017 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. He is pictured speaking during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in January of this year.