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President's Award: Felipe Hidalgo

The President’s Award is given to a senior student who has greatly contributed to the development of a strong sense of community at Northern Kentucky University through special efforts to: break down barriers of discrimination, or promote international awareness or promote the interaction of traditional and non- traditional students, or promote diversity, or promote handicap awareness and access. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required. This award will be presented upon completion of degree requirements. The award does not have to be given if the committee determines there are no suitable nominees during a particular year. The Office of Student Life sponsors this award.
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Felipe Hidalgo
When Felipe Hidalgo thinks about Northern Kentucky University, family is the one word that comes to mind. 

Felipe moved from Costa Rica to Miami, Florida, before beginning his journey at NKU. The global supply chain management major and tennis player has been contributing to the people around him since his first year on campus. Through his experience as the men’s tennis representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee since his freshman year, Felipe has been able to form a community by representing the interests of his peers and teammates.

“My greatest passion is to help the people around me succeed and be a positive influence for the younger generations,” he says. “I always try to leave a place, group or organization that I am a part of in a better place than when I found it.”
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"I always try to leave a place, group or organization that I am a part of in a better place than when I found it.”

Felipe has been a model student-athlete during his time at NKU and has still devoted the little free time he has outside of studying and training to championing social issues and ensuring that all student-athletes—especially international student athletes—feel that they have a home at NKU. He participated in the Norse Violence Prevention video, “It’s On Us” in 2020, in an effort to change the culture on college campuses surrounding sexual assault violence, and has also dedicated time and energy to mental health and racial injustice awareness. 

Felipe encourages all NKU students to go out and meet as many people as they can. 

“Everyone I have met at NKU is so friendly and willing to help. Once you can create a community of friends and family for yourself, even the simple things like walking around campus can become super enjoyable because you get to really live through NKU,” he says. “Your four years in college fly by, and engaging with classmates, professors and joining organizations can change your experience at NKU drastically and for the better."

About This Article

Anna Dressman
Anna Dressman
Editorial Intern, NKU Magazine
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Published May 2021
Photography by Scott Beseler
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