Four Purdue University Calumet fitness management students have received 2014-15 scholarships awarded by the university’s Department of Fitness, Wellness and Recreational Sports.
Christine Lewandowski of Whiting received the $1,500 Jennie Hamilton Endowed Scholarship, while Madisen Redar of Schererville, Brittany Olson of St. John and Tyler Borgman of Lafayette gained $1,000 John Friend Endowed Scholarships.
Jennie Hamilton Scholarship recipient
Lewandowski also is a certified nursing assistant who plans to enroll in Purdue Calumet’s accelerated nursing program after completing her fitness management bachelor’s degree program.
The Jennie Hamilton Endowed Scholarship’s namesake is a 2003 Purdue Calumet alumna who died in a cycling accident while training for the Ironman Triathlon. The scholarship was created by Hamilton’s family and friends to honor her memory and advance her legacy of health, fitness and education.
The university’s Fitness Center hosts two running road races each year to raise support for the scholarship.
John Friend Scholarship
The John Friend Endowed Scholarship was established in 2001 by friends and colleagues of Purdue Calumet’s longtime, former athletics director who spurred development of the university’s Fitness Center. In retirement, Friend continues to serve the university’s athletics program.
“This year’s Jennie Hamilton Scholarship winner, Chris Lewandowski, and John Friend Scholarship recipients, Madisen Redar, Brittany Olson and Tyler Borgman, are extremely deserving,” John Bobalik, Scholarship Committees chair and interim director of the Department of Fitness, Wellness and Recreational Sports, said. “They are excellent role models for fitness. They also are perceptive and inquisitive students, well respected by their undergraduate peers, and they have a strong commitment to helping people reach their health and fitness goals. They exemplify everything the Jennie Hamilton and John Friend Endowed Scholarships are all about.”