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NIU announces Forward, Together Forward Scholarship winners

February 14, 2015

Courtney Crutchfield


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Northern Illinois University announces the selection of five Forward, Together Forward Scholars who will receive a $4,000 non-renewable scholarship for the coming academic year.

The 2015 scholarship recipients are:

“Students who receive this prestigious award are leaders who are truly working to make a difference in our community,” said Kelly Wesener Michael, associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. “Recipients are those that exemplify the spirit of giving and strength of character of those we lost on Feb. 14, 2008.”

Forward, Together Forward Memorial GardenOver the past seven years, NIU students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters have banded together to honor the spirit of Gayle Dubowski, Catalina Garcia, Juliana Gehant, Ryanne Mace and Daniel Parmenter through the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship program.

“Each of those outstanding individuals was involved in the campus community, had taken on leadership roles, and demonstrated their commitment to service,” Wesener Michael said.  “Not only is it important that we honor their memory, we also must acknowledge and celebrate their contributions.”

First awarded in 2009, the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship recognizes Huskie students who demonstrate integrity, motivation, a strong work ethic, a high regard for others and intellectual curiosity.

Thanks to the generosity of more than 1,770 donors, 30 students have been recognized as Forward, Together Forward scholars, receiving $120,000 in scholarship awards so far.

Next month, five more students who excel in and out of the classroom join them as recipients of the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship, as the scholarship award winners will be recognized at a March 1 event.