Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards
Application opens in fall 2020
Championed by UNC friends Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family, the CAP Awards recognize students whose lives demonstrate an exceptional and exemplary personal commitment to:
- Contribute… by volunteering time and personal skills, talents, abilities, experience and passion around issues in service to the community.
- Achieve… by displaying a bias toward action and performance, overcoming obstacles and setbacks, and accomplishing goals.
- Pay-it-forward… by impacting the lives of others in meaningful and positive ways through random and planned acts of kindness, caring, and “giving back.”
The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards will recognize up to 3 students annually who meet the aforementioned criteria with a $5,000 scholarship and award plaque presented at the annual Community Engaged Scholars Symposium.
2019 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards Recipients
The University of Northern Colorado through the Office of Academic Community Engagement is proud to announce the 2020 winners of The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards.
I am a first-generation and Queer identified student at UNC. I am currently pursuing a B.A. in Asian Studies with minors in Japanese, Sociology, and Communication Studies. Originally from Denver, Colorado, I chose to attend UNC to peruse my life-long passion of learning. I have been accepted into the McNair Scholars Program as a member of the 2020 cohort. Throughout my undergraduate experience, I have had the had the privilege of advocating for, educating with, and supporting my LGBTQ+ community and family through my work at the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center since August 2018. I am dedicated to improving the well-being of Queer identified students as well as the larger UNC campus community.
In this upcoming year, I am looking forward to participating in the GSRC Mentoring Program, deepening my connection with my community, and continuing to advocate for students with marginalized identities on campus. I hope to study abroad in Japan during spring 2021. After graduating from UNC, I hope to further my education by being the first person in my family to attend graduate school. My perseverance and dedication to contributing, achieving, and paying-it-forward to the LGBTQ+ community and UNC will continue into life after graduation.
I am a fourth year UNC student majoring in human services with a double minor in gender studies and psychology. For the past six months I have been working in partnership with the Center For Women's and Gender Equity and the Center For Peer Education on a campus wide initiative titled "Project M.E.". This project seeks to provide UNC students with increased access to menstrual products by converting preexisting menstrual product dispensers from a coin operated model to a free model. I currently work on UNC's campus as the sexual health peer educator in the Center For Peer and as an event planner for the University Program Council. I am passionate about making UNC an inclusive learning environment and am dedicated to serving UNC's student population through my work. After receiving my undergraduate degree I hope to further my education by continuing on to a public health graduate program.
Lyndsi Joy Mason
I am a senior at UNC and currently hold a 3.85 GPA. I am pursuing a degree in American Sign Language English Interpretation, a minor in American Sign Language, with an Educational Interpreting concentration. Being a first-generation college student and the youngest of seven children from a small rural area in Iowa, it has been my dream to move to Colorado and finish my education to become an Educational Interpreter. I am devoted to being of service in my community. I lead weekly support groups, interpret for the deaf ministry at my church, and am committed and excited to continue my volunteer work. For the last 10 years, I’ve worked at a non-profit organization for children with developmental disabilities and with Poudre School District working with deaf students. My work experience revealed my passion for working with deaf individuals. After graduation, I plan to become a nationally certified Educational Sign Language Interpreter working in my local community and school district. It’s an honor to be a part of one of the most prestigious interpreting programs in the country here at UNC.