Dru Sjodin memorial Scholarship
Maggie O'Leary, a junior studying English with minors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies, is the 2014-15 recipient of the Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship.
She serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, is active within the UND Women’s Center, and helped establish a new student organization called the Third Wave, which recognizes social inequalities based on gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, and physical ability.
As recipient of this award, O’Leary is asked to honor Sjodin’s memory by promoting women’s safety and violence prevention over the next year.
“I hope to preserve Dru’s memory by doing everything in my power to ensure that this is so, and by contributing even individually to the conversation, it will incrementally broaden to include the campus and by extension the greater Grand Forks community,” O’Leary wrote in her scholarship application.
The Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship provides funding toward tuition and fees for a full academic year.
“You hear about what a lively, talented woman Dru was and how her death affected the community,” O’Leary said. “There’s so much esteem for the scholarship and so much weight behind it; I feel really blessed.”
2014-15 Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Maggie O'Leary