Moriah Gavrish nominated for the Vermont Teddy Bear Student Citizen Award

Moriah Gavrish

Moriah Gavrish, a senior Norwich University architecture major from Derry, New Hampshire, has been nominated as a finalist for the Vermont Teddy Bear Company's Student Citizen Award.

Sponsored by the Vermont Teddy Bear Company in cooperation with the Vermont Higher Education Council, Smart Communication, Vermont Life Magazine, and the Vermont Campus Compact, the Student Citizen Award is given to a Vermont graduating college student who demonstrates outstanding service to a Vermont-based non-profit organization, school or civic group.

In order to be eligible for The Vermont Teddy Bear Student Citizen Award, a candidate must be enrolled as a full-time student or graduate student at a Vermont college or university, must be slated to graduate in January or spring of 2006, and must have volunteered at a Vermont-based non-profit organization, civic group or school group in the current or previous year.

Gavrish was selected for her continuous involvement with Norwich University's Youth Mentoring Program as its Coordinator. The Youth Mentoring Program connects Norwich University students, through the Vermont Campus Compact, with local, at-risk youth from Northfield, Roxbury, and East Montpelier. Students mentor youth as an exercise in leadership. Mentors act either as study partners or mentors in the style of Big Brother/Big Sister (not affiliated).

The names of the finalists selected by the participating colleges are submitted to the Vermont Student Citizen Award Steering Committee for consideration. From this group of individuals, one winner is selected for the Vermont Student Citizen Award. The winner, the non-profit organization with which the winner is affiliated, and the college or university that the student is attending each receives $1,000.