UND alumni honored by state organization at conference

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GRAND FORKS - March, 2011: An alum of the University of North Dakota alumni was honored recently at the state conference for TRIO Professionals in Bismarck, Heidi Demars received the North Dakota ASPIRE TRIO Achievers Award.

"I began my educational journey in a small town in ND. I was curious and shy as a child and enjoyed learning new things. I always knew I was destined for something more, I just didn't know what.," said Demars.

Demars is an Outreach Coordinator for the Dakota Resource Council which is a nonprofit where she is responsible for fundraising, coordinating outreach events, and communications. She graduated from a small town in North Dakota, following graduation she bought a one-way ticket to Alaska. While in Alaska she was a nanny to a boy with special needs, this opened her eyes to seeing the positive impact his special education team had on him each day. Heidi then understood the importance of a college education.

Demars moved back to North Dakota and began school, this is where she was connected to the TRIO Student Support Services program at the University of North Dakota. She graduated from UND Magna Cum Laude, received a NextGen award, and a scholarship for her outstanding leadership qualities. She was also recognized for a garden project that she created. Demars currently lives in Bismarck with her husband and two children.

Previous recipients of the North Dakota ASPIRE TRIO Achievers award include, Amy Fisher and Josh Nichols.