UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
The university has long recognized academic achievement through the granting of awards, scholarships, and honors. In 1977, the Chancellor and the Student Affairs staff began considering a way of also honoring students who had made significant non-academic contributions to the university. In 1980, the Chancellor's Award for Students was first awarded to five recipients in recognition of their service to UW-River Falls. Since then, 5-12 students have been selected every year to receive this honor.
Amarea Witt is a senior biomedical sciences major from St. Paul. Amarea became a peer mentor in the Aspire program, working closely with incoming freshmen who are low income, first-generation or from underrepresented minorities. She has taken many opportunities to help underrepresented students access the supports available to them, including through the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging office, always promoting dialogue and supporting engagement of students of color.
In January, Amarea paired her interest in global education and undergraduate research through the Taiwan Biomed Study Abroad Program where she researched zebra fish embryos to try and find a cure for heart failure.
Alanna Bram is a junior who is double-majoring in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. Alanna has served her peers through her work as a peer-led team learning leader; as a teacher’s assistant in the biology department; and as an orientation and transition leader. In 2017, Alanna initiated UWRF’s Shoe Away Hunger Drive. Its purpose is to collect shoes in any condition, which are then sold to raise money to buy food for needy families in the Twin Cities.