Andrew Price of Elburn, an Aurora University organizational management major, received AUâ€™s Spartan Awardâ€”the schoolâ€™s top student honorâ€”at an annual Honors Convocation at Crimi Auditorium on April 23.
The convocation recognized students and faculty for academic achievements and campus contributions. AU President Rebecca L. Sherrick presided at the event.
A graduate of St. Charles North High School, Price is the son of Cathy Ling and Paul Price.
Andrew Manion, AU provost, presented Priceâ€™s award. It recognizes a studentâ€™s scholarship and service to AU and the Aurora community. Faculty choose a senior for the honor based on outstanding contribution to university life during his/her university career.
To be nominated, a student must live the core values of AUâ€”integrity, citizenship, continuous learning and excellenceâ€”attain a GPA of 3.5 or better and exhibit exemplary character.
â€œThis student has been well known by the faculty throughout his time at Aurora University,â€ Manion said. â€œWe feel this individual embodies the qualities necessary to deserve this award. He is a gifted and dedicated student and has a genuine intellectual curiosity. He demonstrates a passion for learning both inside and outside of the classroom.â€
Price was selected for the Dunham Scholar Program, Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society for freshmen.
He has been a member of the football team for four years, served as captain of the tennis team for three years and was MVP for two years. He was named an NCAA Scholar Athlete, served on AU Sports Leadership Council, and was selected to represent AU at the NCAA Division III Leadership Conference.
Additionally, he was a peer advisor for three years, served as Pre-Law Club president and started a Phi Alpha Delta chapter at AU. His service projects include Angel Tree, a fundraiser for children whose parents are incarcerated; participated in the Wayside Cross Walk a Mile, a fundraiser for Wayside Cross Ministries; he co-led the Dunham Scholars, cooking brunch for Ronald McDonald House Charity; served as a tutor during his junior year at Herget Middle School; supported a benefit for Friends of the Park; and served as a Novak Park community volunteer, helping with landscaping, rebuilding docks and renovating the community pavilion.