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2018 Bob and Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards Recipients

The University of Northern Colorado through the Office of Community and Civic Engagement is proud to announce the 2018 winners of The Bob & Bonnie Phelps Family CAP Awards.

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Emily Wong

My name is Emily Wong and I am a first-generation college student. My parents immigrated from Vietnam to Hawai’i in the ‘90s. I spent a lot of my childhood with my grandparents because my parents used to own a small business and had to work fourteen hours a day. My grandparents only spoke Cantonese so naturally my siblings and I spoke it too. This made school difficult at first because we did not understand a single thing the teachers were saying. Despite the language barrier, I thrived in school and graduated from high school as the valedictorian.

I will be entering my third year of study this upcoming fall semester. I am a Biology major with an emphasis in pre-health and biomedical sciences and a minor in Sociology. Upon graduation, I plan to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics or emergency medicine.

I am an active volunteer for the Soccer Without Borders program in Greeley, Colorado, a peer mentor within the Learning through Engaging and Authentic Practices (LEAP) program for pre-health students, and a student ambassador for the College of Natural and Health Sciences. I also enjoy watching movies, cross-stitching, hiking, traveling, and trying new foods.

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Adrian Ramirez

My name is Adrian Ramirez and I am currently studying Mathematics: Secondary Education with an English as a Secondary Language (ESL) Endorsement. As a first-generation student from Colorado Springs, Co, I am proud to have a 3.51 GPA through 3 years at the University of Northern Colorado. Which is thanks to being part of so many great organizations and clubs such as the Center for Human Enrichment, Cumbres Teacher Preparation Program, and the League of United Latin American Citizens. Each of these organizations has contributed to my continued success at UNC by supporting me in both my personal and career projects. I am also grateful for my family who continue to support. I look forward to giving back and serving the community that raised. I plan on continuing my education by pursing a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education to research better methods to teach ESL students mathematics at the University of Colorado-Denver. I gained a love for the city of Denver by participating in a summer teaching internship called Generation Teach. I cannot wait for the day I have my own classroom, so I can help the next generation of scholars and leaders.


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Brenda Chairez- Moreno

 My Name is Brenda Chairez-Moreno, I am a first generation student studying Business Marketing at the Monfort College of Business, entering into my senior year. I am currently working as a Marketing intern at the Union Colony Civic Center which has helped strengthen my experience in the Marketing profession. I did just fulfill a long term goal of chartering my sorority on UNC’s campus, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc., and through that I have gained countless hours of community service, where we chose to focus our efforts on homelessness and hunger in the Greeley community. Through my college career, I realized I love giving back and making a difference in people’s lives one person at a time, and wish to continue my efforts of giving back long after I graduate. I am eager to enter into my senior year and become the first of my entire family to receive a Bachelor’s Degree, and even more eager to see what else I am capable of, as I wish to continue my academic career by getting into law school. 


Past Recipients

  • 2017

    Nickea Minott, Pre-Nursing and Human Services

    Hailey Gerton, Elementary Education

    Marisol Jackson, Sociology

  • 2016

    Janna Allen, Accounting and Finance

    Priscila Marin Amory, Elementary Education

    Adriana Trujillo, Art History and Anthropology

  • 2015

    Azanet Rodriguez, Human Services

    Cayden Osley, Social Sciences

    Amber Lemmon, Accounting and Finance

  • 2014

    Jorge Anaya, Art Education

    Megan Sajbel, Marketing

    Joanna Dutchess Paige, Psychology