The NKU Foundation Student Leadership Award is given to a student leader who has provided outstanding service to the University through student government or other significant student leadership role. Although a specific grade point average is not required, the individual should be strong academically, as their academic record will be considered. The award does not have to be given if the committee determines there are no suitable nominees during a particular year. The NKU Foundation sponsors this award.
Zane Wagner committed himself to leadership, initiative and enthusiasm at NKU. Serving as a Presidential and College of Informatics Ambassador, he was tasked to represent NKU and lead prospective students and their families through campus.
“Being able to represent my beloved university was something I truly treasured,” he says. “I remember being in their shoes trying to choose a school, so I appreciated the opportunities to connect with them and make their decision easier.”
One of his most memorable moments on campus was during his health campaigns course. His team was tasked with creating a health campaign about the issue of vape and electronic cigarette usage plaguing northern Kentucky. Despite knowing that it would be more difficult and time consuming, Zane convinced his teammates to focus their campaign on middle school children. Their efforts did not go unnoticed, as the campaign won a $10,000 grant from Procter & Gamble to implement the campaign.
“Not only is Zane an excellent student who has earned numerous scholarships, he has shown strong leadership skills, initiative and enthusiasm,” says Dr. Monica Gallegos, assistant professor of communication. “I have heard freshman say that [his] enthusiasm and love for NKU made them want to come to NKU.”
Zane will forever be thankful for the time he spent on campus.
“NKU has made a lasting impact on my life,” says Zane. “I’m confident in my abilities to lead and help others in the years ahead because of the tremendous experiences that I’ve had while at NKU.”