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UW Student Receives National Sorority Scholarship

May 31, 2017
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University of Wyoming student Paige Hanewald, from Casper, participates in a spring semester yoga class at Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center. She recently received a scholarship from the National Panhellenic Conference Foundation for her work with UW’s Delta Delta Delta sorority. (UW Photo)

Paige Hanewald, from Casper, is among three students nationwide to receive scholarships from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) Foundation.

Established in 1995, the NPC Foundation promotes values and ethics for sorority women and encourages all members to be active and responsible leaders in their respective communities. The foundation’s mission is supported through the sponsorship of NPC educational and charitable programs.

Hanewald, a member of UW’s Delta Delta Delta chapter, received the Alpha Phi/Betty Mullins Jones Scholarship. She has worked to further her sorority community’s reputation on the UW campus and “embodies the values of sisterhood, philanthropy and scholarship,” according to the award.

Hanewald’s $1,000 scholarship is awarded, in part, “because she is making a difference in sorority life by serving on her campus college Panhellenic.” She served as Tri Delta vice president of recruitment (2016) and president this past academic year.

Hanewald, majoring in secondary English and Spanish education, also is a member of the Order of Omega.

“While I may have initially attended the university to limit my student debt, I stayed because my eyes were opened beyond my individual bubble,” Hanewald says. “As a sorority woman and a future educator, I have learned that it is my responsibility to expand my cultural knowledge and, through that knowledge, have discovered a greater understanding of language and people.”

The NPC Foundation scholarship committee board of trustees selected Hanewald and two others for scholarships from among nearly 70 applicants.

“NPC and its member organizations are focused on college affordability, and the mission of the NPC Foundation is to advance the 26 women’s organizations of NPC through initiatives that launch and sustain women leaders,” says Janet Brown, president of the NPC board of trustees. “These scholarships help make college more affordable for three outstanding sorority leaders.”

NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations, representing women on more than 670 college/university campuses and in 3,784 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada.

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