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Oreon E. Scott Award

2019 Recipient: Carissa Bowie

"This student I am nominating is one of the hardest working that I know. This spring, she will be graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors as a Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology major, with a minor in biology and concentration in leadership. Her time at Drake has also included 4 years of high-quality research experience within various labs on campus.

While her academic record alone stands out, she has also maintained a high level of involvement in different organizations across campus including membership in: Kappa Alpha Theta, Phi Delta Epsilon Professional Medical Fraternity, and Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. As an active member in FSL, this candidate had the desire to leave her legacy in a positive way within the FSL community. She was able to accomplish this in multiple facets; one, as a recruitment counselor and two, as the Vice President of the Panhellenic Council.

Her service to Drake extends beyond her campus into the communities that directly surround her. For Halloween in 2017, as the Vice President of Community and Campus Engagement in the Student Alumni Association, she more than doubled the attendance of a yearly event called Halloween Hoops, which gave 200 local children the opportunity to attend a safe Halloween Party in the Drake neighborhood. Beyond this, she serves the local community through over 2,000 volunteer hours at a variety of places. She spends time at Mercy Hospital each week in the NICU, helping the nursing staff with their daily duties and providing care time to the babies. She has coordinated partnerships between the Fraternity and Sorority Life community and Monroe Elementary School in effort to support students. But by far her favorite opportunity is to serve is as a Wish Granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She has expressed countless times how much she enjoys seeing the smile on the kids’ faces when they are told they can go on an amazing adventure with their family, not to mention the memories each family can make during an extremely difficult time in their lives.

As you can see, she excels in all categories of scholarship, leadership, service and involvement; not only at Drake University but also within her surrounding community. This student truly represents everything that defined Oreon E. Scott.  She is well-deserving of this award and would be an outstanding representative of the graduating class of 2019 and of Drake University."


Award Description

Oreon E. Scott was a former Drake governing board member who turned his success as a St. Louis real estate businessman into a lifetime of philanthropy for the Disciples of Christ Church, which founded Drake in 1881.

Given annually since 1949, the Oreon E. Scott Award recipient is considered to be the exemplary senior student at Drake.  The Oreon E. Scott Award winner will represent the graduating class and speak at commencement in May.

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