Meagan Allers received her ACT award from Fredonia College Council Chair Frank Pagano.
During the recent Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) of the State of New York Conference in Lake Placid, Ms. Allers received the ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship.
The ACT award was presented by Ms. Allers by Fredonia College Council Chair Frank Pagano. One of only six awards to students throughout the SUNY system, the honor includes a $1,000 scholarship and an additional $250 given in the recipient’s name to a charity of their choice.
The ACT scholarship rewards students for excellence in academic performance and extraordinary commitment to their campus and/or community.
The president of Fredonia for St. Jude for three years and recipient of the Danny Thomas Leadership Scholarship, Ms. Allers has chosen St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as the charity recipient.
Ms. Allers was also recently named the recipient of the SUNY Emerging Leaders Award, a new SUNY initiative honoring students who have best demonstrated significant leadership within their campus and community based on one or more of SUNY’s six Big Ideas from the SUNY Strategic Plan. Categories include Entrepreneurial Century, Seamless Education Pipeline, Healthier New York, Energy-Smart New York, Vibrant Community, and the World. As an award recipient, Ms. Allers was invited to attend the SUNY Student Leadership Institute in November at the SUNY Student Assembly Conference in Syracuse.
A Childhood Education major with a concentration in Mathematics and a minor in Leadership Studies, Ms. Allers also serves as Senior Class President at SUNY Fredonia. She served on the Faculty Student Association Executive Director Search Committee as well as the Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, and is the student representative to the Fredonia College Foundation Board of Directors and on the Faculty Student Association Board of Directors. At the recent investiture of SUNY Fredonia President Virginia Schaefer Horvath, Ms. Allers was appointed by Student Association President Jordan Nicholson to participate in the academic procession as a Student Marshal. She is also serving as a teaching assistant for a freshman seminar class during the fall semester, and has served as a College Ambassador and admissions tour guide since 2011. In student governance, Ms. Allers has served as a representative and Public Relations chair to the Student Association since her freshman year, and as sophomore class president and a member of the Student Affairs Committee.
The recipient of the Robert Coon Recognition Award as the outstanding junior student, Ms. Allers was also the recipient of an Undergraduate Alumni Council Scholarship, the American Association of University Women-Jacquie Walker Scholarship, Malcolm J. French Scholarship, the campus’ Council for Women’s Concerns Marion Sonnenfeld Scholarship and the Marc Cohen Award of the Alma Mater Society. In the spring of 2010 she served internships with the Fredonia College Foundation and the Leadership Development Workshop.
As one of the first members of Fredonia for St. Jude, Ms. Allers has led many efforts to raise funds for the children’s hospital. The campus group was honored by St. Jude for its highly successful “Rock Out for Cancer” event and won a national video contest which brought 10 new Apple computers to SUNY Fredonia. During the past two years, Fredonia for St. Jude raised over $25,000. Ms. Allers also assisted a nearby Dunkirk elementary school with its Math-a-Thon which raised over $4,000 for St. Jude.
SUNY Fredonia President Horvath, in a letter supporting Ms. Allers’ nomination for the ACT scholarship noted, “Meagan combines caring for others with a keen sense of how to inspire individuals and organize groups. Despite her stepping easily into leadership roles, she never fails to give credit to those with whom she works. I expect Meagan Allers to make a difference in the world – not a statement that I offer lightly or have said about many people.”
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