WMU News

Nominations sought for student volunteer awards

Feb. 8, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Students who devote their time to volunteering can be rewarded with cash prizes totaling $5,000 through a contest sponsored by Western Michigan University's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

The 10th annual competition will award 10 scholarships valued at $500 for the 2001-02 academic year to undergraduate students who work to improve the quality of life for others. Agencies, institutions and individuals are invited to nominate their WMU student volunteers for the awards, and students are also encouraged to nominate themselves. The application deadline is March 5.

To be eligible, contest entrants must be currently registered at WMU and taking at least one credit hour of classes. To receive the scholarships, they must be enrolled as undergraduates at the University during the 2001-02 fall and winter semesters, and the volunteer service for which they are nominated must have taken place within the past two years.

Applications will be evaluated on the impact of the volunteer work, change resulting from it and the amount of innovation shown while performing this work. Organizers encourage nominators to submit brochures, photos and other materials that verify and support their application.

Application forms are available on campus from the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, which is located in the Faunce Student Services Building, or Student Volunteer Services, which is located in the Lee Honors College.

For more information, contact Michelle Saigh in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at (616) 387-6017 or Kristi Zimmerman-Frost in Student Volunteer Services at (616) 387-3230.

Media contact: Jessica English, 616 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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