Purdue University North Central Chancellor Dr. James B. Dworkin has announced the winners of the 2015-2016 Chancellor’s Leadership Award.
The students selected for the honor join a distinguished group of students who have a record of academic achievement and demonstrated leadership through involvement in school and community activities.
Award criteria include school and community involvement and leadership, scholastic achievement and potential for participation and leadership in PNC extracurricular activities. Students earning the 2015-2016 leadership awards represent high schools throughout Northwest Indiana and into lower Michigan. They were involved in a variety of clubs, activities, community and church organizations and sports.
The Chancellor’s Leadership Award is a renewable scholarship program that requires participation in an on-campus leadership seminar and volunteer service, among other requirements. Several of the scholarships are sponsored through endowment funds created by local businesses and individuals.
These students will also take part in the semester-long Chancellor’s Leadership Seminar. The seminar, led by Dworkin, covers various topics involving leadership, civic engagement and community service.
Students earning the awards are:
Brianna Jodzis, of Macomb, Mich., is a freshman and a Mechanical Engineering major. She is a member of the PNC softball team.
Alexandra Jodzis, of Macomb Mich., is an Elementary Education major. A freshman, she is a member of the PNC softball team.
Kayla Patrick, of Michigan City, is a Nursing major. The freshman was a member of the PNC College Bound program in high school.
Brook King, of Michigan City, is a freshman Nursing major. She took part in the Concurrent Enrollment Program while in high school.
Jamilyn Goodwin, of Wanatah is a freshman Elementary Education major.
Shawna DeGraff, of LaPorte is a continuing PNC student. The Business major is a member of Student Government, the Business Leadership Society and the Honors Program.
Kurt Urbanski, of LaPorte, is a continuing PNC student and an Accounting major. He is a member of Circle K, Student Government and the Accounting Club.
Austin Krieter, of Chesterton, is a continuing student and a Business major. He is a military veteran.
Monica Renteria, of Plymouth, is a Nursing major and a continuing PNC student.
Riley Owens, of Valparaiso, is a freshman Business major. He is a member of the campus Panther News Network and a member of the Video Team.
Shelby Clindaniel, of Kouts is a continuing PNC student. The Communication major is the Panther News Network editor.
Kyleigh Werner, of Westville, is a freshman Pre-Nursing major and a member of the Cross Country team.