Power-Up Awards

The Power-Up Scholarship Program enables students to earn scholarships by engaging in activities throughout the school year that align with the Pathway to Empowerment.

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, Power-Up students participated in several events, including: Workshops on resume writing, fiscal responsibility, and interviewing; community service activities; job shadowing and internships; trips to the Cleveland Zoo and Holden Arboretum; Sustainability Series involvement; Empowerment Dialogue series; virtual CareerFest and OFIC online professional development modules; Empowerment Week activities, and much more. Power-Up students are always encouraged to go “above and beyond” each year by participating in more than the required number of events and by getting involved in a variety of LEC activities and programs. Based on the quality of their reflections, the following students went above and beyond this year and will receive a $2,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year. Congratulations to these students!

Students who participated in and reflected upon at least three events each semester each received a $1,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 school year. Congratulations to these students!

These Power-Up Honorary students took advantage of the various personal and professional development opportunities available to them and fulfilled all program requirements even though they were not eligible to receive an additional scholarship. These students serve as great examples!


Internship Awards

At the beginning of the 2020 academic year, Eric Evans, Director of Career Development, asked internship supervisors and internship faculty advisors for Excellence in Internship nominations.  Following the fall and spring internship mid-term evaluations, all nominations were reviewed and shortlisted by faculty advisors and the Director of Career Development, who then met with Financial Aid to award scholarships.

Those winners were:

Lauren Nehoda - Communications MajorLauren interned for the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. From Dr. Jennifer Swartz-Levine:

"Lauren was terrific: she was thoughtful, took initiative, sought out feedback, worked collaboratively and collegially across departments, checked in with me at least once weekly, asked thoughtful and incisive questions, synthesized information, and was a true joy to be around. Overall, Lauren was truly fantastic and I will miss her—she became a valued colleague and I’m looking forward to seeing where her life’s journey next takes her. She will be an asset to whichever company is lucky enough to hire her."

Morgan Piecuch - Accounting MajorMorgan interned at NMS, Inc, an accounting firm in Chardon, Ohio. From her supervisor:

"Morgan has been the top performing intern we have ever had on our team. This year has been especially challenging. Our Firm was hit hard by the Covid Virus, with numerous professionals out for extended periods and the challenges of working from home or a hybrid work environment. With the challenges of new tax law changes, revised deadlines and compliance adjustments we have been in a constant state of flux. Morgan was always available to step in. She was asked to assist with PPP Loan Applications as well with other Federal Employee Retention Programs and Credits. She took it upon herself to read, understand and explain to clients the requirements of these 'everchanging' programs. I have overheard her on the phone numerous times explaining not only to clients but to bankers and attorneys the requirements and restrictions of the available monies and credits. I never once saw her get stressed or unsure of her abilities to assist our clients or staff. In our business, as with many, it is important to have a professional that you can trust and rely on - Morgan was that person."