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Scholarship Recipient: Allison Kozinski

Among the principles which embody the spirit behind The Northern Pact, caring would be the one to best exemplify Allison Kozinski.

The DeKalb native has been helping others since long before she became an NIU student. As an eight year old, Kozinski made regular visits to an area nursing home. She recalls delivering Valentine’s Day cards and spending time with the residents. Thinking of others was something her parents had encouraged, and Kozinski now recognizes her compassionate side and a special sense of purpose grew out of such early experiences.

The strength of Kozinski’s commitment to caring on and off campus recently earned the junior rehabilitation services major a Northern Pact scholarship.

“I love helping others, so I think it’s really nice that NIU is recognizing those who embrace those principles,” Kozinski said, adding the award will allow her to save money toward her future plans of attending graduate school. “I was honored to be selected as one of the Northern Pact scholarship recipients because the Pact ideals represent things that I value.”

Kozinski credits organization and goal setting for keeping her on track through the busy paces of her class schedule, her job and a variety of extracurricular activities. She jumped right into things last fall by participating in Research Rookies, the Student Occupational Therapy Association and the fencing club. And, she’s embraced the opportunity to share her passion for helping others by encouraging fellow students to get involved and give back.

She’s also stayed active in and around DeKalb as a volunteer at the Oak Crest Retirement Center, for her church and with a homeless shelter in Rochelle. Kozinski appreciates the university’s commitment to the community on mutually beneficial initiatives.

“I love how NIU partners with other organizations to make a difference in the community, and I have enjoyed being a part of events such as NIU Cares Day,” she said.

Being a Huskie only adds to the experience for Kozinski, whose mother and siblings are NIU alumni.

“It’s kind of a tradition. Growing up in DeKalb, I’ve have always been an avid Huskies fan,” Kozinski shared.

The Northern Pact emphasizes among students the key principles of being purposeful, just, caring, disciplined and celebrative within the university community. Three $1,000 scholarships are awarded to first-time undergraduate students who are considered based on an essay explaining how he or she represents one of the Pact’s principles.

Apply online for the 2018-19 Northern Pact scholarship.

 

 


2016-2017 Northern Pact Scholarship Winner Allison Kozinski.

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