2012 UND Spirit Award winners


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2012 UND Spirit Award winners

2012 UND Spirit Award winners

As part of Spirit Week, the first-ever UND Spirit Award winners were selected based on their demonstrated leadership in service, philanthropy, community involvement and academics. Honorees will serve as student ambassadors for UND's philanthropic endeavors and were awarded $1,000 each — $500 for their personal tuition and fees and $500 to be gifted to a UND program of each recipient's choice as it matches their philanthropic focus.

The winners were:

Adam Swigost Sophomore Biology major (pre-med) with a minor in Chemistry

"My goals include going to medical school to become a surgeon or anesthesiologist. I'd love to do health mission trips throughout my career in order to give of my time and talents. After practicing, I would like to transition into health care management, policy or politics."

- Adam is a Bismarck native who says his family instilled the importance of service in him at a young age, when he began first began to volunteer for communitywide service organizations.

- Involved in Student Government (College of Arts & Sciences Senator), Lions Club, Undergraduate Medical Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Arts and Sciences Technology Fee Committee, Emerging Leaders, and is a UND Presidential Scholar

- 4.0 GPA

- Plans to gift $500 of his scholarship to Emerging Leaders to help fund their end-of-the year philanthropy projects that impact a wide array of UND and community organizations.

Chelsie Bickel Junior, Communication & Sociology double major

"I've been inspired by so many people at UND. As such, my goal is to work in Student Affairs after graduate school. I want to be a factor in providing positive student experiences that expose them to endless opportunities."

- Chelsie is originally from the small town of Kindred, N.D. Her small-town upbringing inspired her commitment to be involved in "everything." Her involvement in high school spurred her interest in getting involved when she came to UND.

- President of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, Student Ambassador, PRSSA, passionate volunteer for Community Violence Intervention Center

- Plans to gift $500 of her scholarship to Alpha Chi Omega to help establish an ongoing scholarship for an Alpha Chi Omega committed to the continued partnership between the sorority and CVIC.

To learn about how North Dakota Spirit | The Campaign for UND benefits passionate students like Chelsie and Adam, click here.

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