Geography Major Wins Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship
Senior geography major Nicolas Munoz was recently awarded the George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship from Montana Campus Compact. The award honors students who have volunteered significant time, energy and resources to projects that make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.
“My vision for my community as well as for the world has been shaped by my volunteer work and service,” Nicolas said in his application. “With that in mind, my vision for the community/world is that people are able to have their needs recognized.”
Originally from DeKalb, Illinois, Nicolas has volunteered for Utah State University’s Student Nutrition Access Center and the Missoula Metropolitan Planning Organization. He also traveled to Sarajevo, Bosnia, to volunteer for Collective Aid, a non-governmental organization that provides critical services to refugee populations in the Balkans. He is also a student ambassador for the UM Global Engagement Office.
“I volunteer because it is a fantastic way to be involved in your community and understand, as well as address, certain community issues,” Nicolas said. “It is also a great way to network and meet people who have similar passions and goals. Volunteering is important because it provides aid and assistance to areas where funding and governmental or systematic support is lacking.”
Nicolas currently lives in Munich, Germany, while studying remotely at UM. After graduation, he hopes to work in Germany for a year to build his German-language skills and then enter a graduate program in urban planning at a German university.