Scholar of the Week: Jeff Naumann

Hello again! We are back with our Scholar of the Week feature, and do we have a treat for you! Another rising Scholar in the Missouri chapter, this man continues to excel in the classroom, while having some high hopes for St. Louis sports and his future academic career. Please enjoy!

1. Describe who you are, what you are studying, class level, where you are from, what you plan on doing for the upcoming summer/semester (if you are a senior, then please mention what company you will be working with or what you plan on doing after you graduate) and include some fun facts about you.
Jeff: My name is Jeffrey Naumann, I am a sophomore at Mizzou, and I caddied and Norwood Hills Country Club. I am currently one of two House managers, who assist the vice president of administration in keeping the Scholarship House looking good. I am currently studying for a degree in mechanical engineering with a possible minor in psychology. One of my biggest passions is doing service work, especially going on service trips. Last school year I went on a service trip to New Orleans with the Catholic Student Association at Mizzou, and am looking forward to another service trip to El Salvador this upcoming spring break. In the little free time I have away from studying for engineering, you can find me either playing board games in the Scholarship House, hanging out at the Newman Center, or playing intramurals sports. I am a huge Cardinals and Blues fan, and I'm excited to celebrate the Blues' first Stanley Cup victory next summer!

 2. What has been your favorite memory of living in the Scholarship House? 
Jeff: Earlier this year, some of us older Scholars took the freshmen to a roller skating rink on a Friday night. At first we felt out of place in the family-friendly roller rink, but we ended up spending the night racing around the rink and singing to oldies music until the place shut down. It is one of my favorite memories with the Evans Scholars.

 3. What has been your favorite memory being a student at Mizzou? 
J
eff: One of my favorite memories as a Mizzou student was going on a service trip to New Orleans with the Catholic Student Association last spring break. Going on the trip was a last-minute decision, but one of the best experiences I had last year. We worked with Habitat for Humanity and helped rebuild flood-damaged homes. It was an eye-opening experience, and led me to meet some of my closest friends at Mizzou.

4. On a more serious note, how has the Evans Scholarship helped you grow as a student and as a person?
Jeff: The Evans Scholarship has taught me a lot about building and balancing communities in my life. At times it seems like it's hard to have a life both inside and outside the House, but living in this House has given me the opportunity to branch out into more communities. Group living has taught me the importance of seeing the best in everyone I encounter, no matter what kind of experiences I have had with them in the past. Without that ability, I wouldn't have been able to become part of the great family this House has, or been able to form so many more communities outside of the House.

5. If you had a chance to spend a whole day with Chick Evans what would you do? Is there anything you would want to say to him?
Jeff: Well one thing for sure is that I would not play golf - that would be a horrific sight to watch me play. I would take him out to the course to caddie for him though. I would love to know more why he decided to start such a fantastic program and would want to thank him for the opportunity he has given me.

6. Finally if you could mention one sentence about what the Evan Scholarship has meant to you what would it be?
Jeff: The Evans Scholarship has given me a head start on life, an opportunity to achieve goals I wouldn't have been able to without it, and a new family that supports me and pushes me to be my best.

As always, stay tuned for our next Scholar of the Week, as we interview one of our members of our New Scholar Class. GO TIGERS!!