Katelyn Gonczy Receives 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award

May 09, 2016

ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union sophomore biochemistry major Katelyn Gonczy of Strongsville, Ohio, received the 2016 Newman Civic Fellows Award given by Campus Compact.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award recognizes students who value service, research and advocacy in their investments for finding solutions to challenges within their communities. Awarded students represent the next generation of problem solvers and are nominated by college presidents who acknowledge their ability in public leadership.

At Mount Union, Gonczy is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Lambda Delta, the Alliance Community Orchestra, Sophomore Service Honorary and the American Chemical Society.

“As president of APO, I feel more motivated than ever to get out into the community and beyond,” Gonczy said. “I am on my way to becoming a physician and I plan on using my passion for service in my future career.”

In his nomination of Gonczy, Dr. Richard Merriman, president of Mount Union, described her as a force for good in the Mount Union community.

“Katelyn has shown her dedication to others and commitment to lifelong service early in her collegiate career,” said Merriman. “In every situation, she is respectful of those with whom she interacts and always seeks a way to connect with new people.”

In the future, Gonczy hopes to combine her love for service and her academic background to help people in need.

“Currently, I'm working on becoming a health coach in my community, which entails being assigned to a patient who struggles with chronic health issues. It is my job to help educate and inspire this patient in order to better their quality of life,” Gonczy said. “My dream is to work for Doctors Without Borders after medical school in order to provide medical care to people in need around the world.”

Awards are made in memory of Frank Newman, an educator who dedicated his life to education reform. This award was inspired by Newman’s development of citizens who want to make a difference in the community. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the support of The KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. For more information on the Newman Civic Fellows Award, visit their website at http://compact.org/initiatives/awards-programs/the-frank-newman-leadership-award.

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