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NKU Foundation Student Leadership Award: Lauren Goodwin

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.
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Lauren Goodwin
For Lauren Goodwin, Northern Kentucky University is home.

The Owensboro, Kentucky, native attended a small high school and wanted to attend NKU so she could have a similar college experience—classes where professors would know her name and she wasn’t just a number.

Lauren, a criminal justice major with minors in pre-law and organizational leadership, was quick to get involved when she began her journey at NKU. She has been involved in leadership positions in the Women’s Soccer Club and the Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute as well as a student worker since January 2018. More recently, she served as president of NKU’s Student Government Association and student regent to the university’s Board of Regents.
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"My greatest passion is serving others. Helping other people with whatever they need is something that makes me happy and feel more accomplished in my day."

“Your college experience really is what you make it. Join as many organizations as you can,” she says. “NKU has so many support resources for students and staff who want to help. If you need something, ask!”

Lauren found that support in not one but three staff members on campus—Aprile Redden, Audra Points and Sarah Aikman.

“These three women have mentored me on campus in so many ways, and I can honestly say that my college career would have looked different without any of them,” she says. “They pushed me to be more successful than I thought I could be and supported me in ways that I could never thank them enough for.”

Now, as Lauren is set to graduate and looks toward her future, she is ready to head to law school and make a difference no matter where she goes.

“My greatest passion is serving others. Helping other people with whatever they need is something that makes me happy and feel more accomplished in my day,” she says. “We aren’t just here for ourselves. We’re here to help others through life as a community as well.”

About This Article

Lizzie Kibler
Jayna Morris
Editor, NKU Magazine
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Published April 2021
Photography provided
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