University of North Georgia Circle
As a first-generation college student, Brittaney Dyer graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Georgia in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a forensic concentration. She is currently an active member and will continue to serve as an officer in two of five honor societies: Omicron Delta Kappa (president), Phi Kappa Phi (vice president), Alpha Phi Sigma, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key.
Being born and raised in the mountains of north Georgia, clean and sustainable water
became important to her. Brittaney became a certified Georgia Adopt-a-Stream volunteer water quality monitor in 2015. As president of the University of North Georgia Circle, she began collaborating on financing single-stream recycle bins to encourage recyclable waste collection on campus and reduce contaminated landfill run-off. Under Brittaney’s leadership, the UNG Circle placed 23 containers on campus in 2018.
This fall, Brittaney began a master’s degree in science with a major in criminal justice. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a doctorate and become a college professor to share her knowledge and love of learning with other students.
Hamline University Circle
Taylor Evans graduated from Hamline University with a bachelor’s degree in public health and nonprofit management. During her time as an undergraduate student, she was secretary of her circle, a volunteer with Hamline’s Methodist Church, a member of the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force, among other organizations focusing on youth empowerment and affordable housing and long-term homelessness. Taylor conducted research with the Minnesota Department of Health where she developed a toolkit based on the data she collected.
In her free time, Taylor enjoys studying and training in martial arts, especially Thai Boxing and Jeet Kune Do. In September, Taylor moved Oregon to participate in the AmeriCorps RARE program, working as the Community Development Coordinator for the City of Monroe. Taylor’s hope for the program is to find what area of fundraising and development she is interested in and use that as a focus for when she enrolls in the nonprofit management graduate program at the University of Oregon the next fall.
Winton M. Blount Scholarship
University of Alabama Circle
An initiate of the University of Alabama Circle, Asha Fuller wrote, “I became keenly more aware of the mental health of my peers after my friend’s suicide in high school. This experience led to my interest in psychology, specifically to work with children and adolescents.”
As an undergraduate student, Asha volunteered twice a week and helped lead service groups as an assistant team leader at UA’s Center for Service and Leadership. She also served as treasurer for her O∆K circle, as an ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences, and as director of philanthropy and service for the Greek Programming Board. Asha participated as a member of various honor societies and served as a research assistant in a psychology lab.
Asha is attending Arizona State University and pursuing a master’s degree in behavioral analysis. Her ultimate aspiration is to obtain a doctorate in psychology to help reform the mental health care system, especially for individuals of lower socioeconomic status and those in the justice system.
University of Redlands Circle
Maia Gordon graduated from the University of Redlands in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in psychology and Bachelor of Music with a major in violin performance. As president of the University of Redlands Circle, Maia worked to make O∆K more involved on campus. She also served as vice president for membership of Sigma Alpha Iota, director of the women’s a capella group: Redlands Rhapsodies, Finals Basket Committee Chair for Mortar Board, and as a member of Psi Chi, Phi Beta Kappa, and Pi Kappa Lambda.
Maia’s passion for leadership led her to pursue a Master of Science with a major in management at the University of Notre Dame in hopes of learning about business ethics. After graduation, Maia plans to seek a career in the music industry where she can combine her knowledge of music and business ethics to make a meaningful impact for performers in this field.
George Dillon Graham
Rupert Nelson Latture Scholarship
The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina Circle
Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Dillon Graham moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2006. Dillon became interested in the military at a young age and decided to attend The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina to pursue a degree in biology. While serving as the Regimental Commander, the highest ranking cadet in the Corps of Cadets, Dillon helped charter the college’s Omicron Delta Kappa circle. For the inaugural service project, O∆K members planned and organized a Leadership and Ethics Conference for local high school students to learn about leadership in the midst of moral and ethical dilemmas. He was also a commander of the Junior Sword Arc, as well as a member of the Citadel Summerall Guards.
Dillon commissioned in the U.S. Air Force after graduation and is attending the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville to pursue a medical degree. He aims to become an orthopedic surgeon upon completion of his training.
University of Pittsburgh Circle
Richard Hollenbach graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in mechanical engineering. With stellar grades, he graduated summa cum laude with honors distinction and even pursued a certificate in applied engineering simulation as well as minors in mathematics and German. In addition
to serving as vice president of the Pittsburgh Circle, Richard was also president of the Engineering Honor Society, a member of the Student Government Board, a resident assistant in the first-year Engineering Living Learning Community, and a brother in a social fraternity.
Richard’s heavy involvement in research both at Pittsburgh and Texas A&M, coupled with an insightful internship with the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, pushed him to apply to graduate school. In August, Richard began attending Duke University to pursue a master’s degree, and eventually a doctorate, in mechanical engineering with a focus on aerodynamics. His interests outside of engineering include traveling and martial arts. He studied abroad three times while at Pittsburgh: traveling to China, Peru, and Scandinavia. In 2015, Richard successfully earned his fourth-degree black belt in Taekwon-Do, while just this past March 2018, he secured a spot on the United States’ Team for the World Taekwon-Do Championships held in August 2018.
John Karlem Reiss Scholarship
Louisiana College Circle
Nicole Johnson graduated from Louisiana College in 2018 with a major in social work and a minor in psychology. Aside from her involvement with O∆K, Nicole also belonged to organizations such as Psi Chi, Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and Psi Alpha where she served as vice president. Through her other positions as a presenter for the National Association of Christian Social Workers conference, a volunteer with the Homeless Street Count in Pineville, Louisiana, and a member of the church choir, Nicole has demonstrated that faith is integral to her education.
Nicole is pursuing a Master of Social Work so that she can be an influence on her community in a positive way. Nicole has a heart for children who are facing struggles or come from broken homes and wants to make a difference in this population once completing her degree.
Chellgren Family Endowed Scholarship
Duquesne University Circle
Carly Koza is an initiate of the Duquesne University Circle. In 2017, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology and a Bachelor of Music with a major in voice performance. Carly represented Omicron Delta Kappa as one of five female representatives on the 2016 Homecoming Court at Duquesne. In 2018, she graduated with a Master of Music with a voice performance from Duquesne.
In the future, Carly also plans to use her music degrees to teach, sing in the church, and bring music into the lives of those with neurodegenerative diseases. In 2016, Carly began promoting her platform titled “Never Forgetting Those Who Forget,” which focuses on those living with Alzheimer’s disease along with their caregivers.
In law school, Carly continues participating in community service activities, taking on leadership roles, and acting as a mentor, while striving to excel academically. Carly began law school this fall at Case Western Reserve University with a focus on health law and public policy.