Edinboro student nominated for Athena Young Professional Award

Category:  News
Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 12:11 AM

It’s not uncommon to get emails. It’s not uncommon to get emails from the office of the university president. And it’s not uncommon to get in contact with the president of the university. However, it is uncommon when you get a personal nomination from the president of your university. Student, Megan Kunst, experienced just that.

Kunst was nominated for the 2015 Athena Young Professional Award.

The award recognizes young students who demonstrate excellence, creativity and initiative in their college community and who have the potential to be future leaders.

Kunst is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in illustration and painting and a bachelor’s degree in art education.

Kunst is currently president of the illustration club for the second consecutive year. Her previous leadership roles include president of the Student Art League for two years and co-managing editor of the Chimera Art and Literary Journal.

Kunst has also presented at conferences and won an award at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in 2014.

“Megan Kunst is the Edinboro University nominee for the Athena Young Professional Award because of her impressive record of academic success, leadership and service to her community,” Wollman said. “I am excited to see her honored...and very pleased that her hard work is being recognized well beyond our campus. I congratulate her!”

Every year, one student each from Mercyhurst, Gannon, Penn State Behrend and Edinboro is selected. Kunst is one of four finalists for this year’s award.

The awards luncheon took place on Sept. 17 where the winner, Emily Francis from Mercyhurst, was announced.

“Attending the pre-award reception and awards luncheon were both great experiences. I met so many wonderful and inspiring people that I would not have known otherwise,” Kunst said. “I felt incredibly honored to be nominated. There are so many wonderful and well deserving students at Edinboro and it felt great to represent my school.”

Karlee Dies is the News Editor of The Spectator and can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com

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