Monroe College Student Nathalie Waldschmidt Named National Honors Student of the Year

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Monroe College announced that one of its students was named the “Top Honors Student at a Four-Year Institution” at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s recent annual conference in Seattle.

The NCHC Student of the Year Award is the most prestigious honor the National Collegiate Honors Council bestows on member students, and the entire Monroe College community congratulates Nathalie on this extraordinary and well-earned recognition

Monroe College, a national leader in educating urban and international students, today announced that student Nathalie Waldschmidt was named the “Honors Student of the Year” at a four-year institution at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s recent annual conference in Seattle.

A fourth-year student in Monroe’s Business Management program, Ms. Waldschmidt is president of Monroe’s Honors Student Board and editor of the College’s soon-to-be-launched student newspaper. She also works closely with the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC), where she serves as a Conference Student Assistant and assists the Conference Chair, as well as secures sponsors and ideas to keep member institutions engaged in the region.

Ms. Waldschmidt, an international student from Sprockhoevel , Germany, was chosen for this highly regarded award from among more than 50 nominees across the country. She is reported to have impressed the student-comprised selection committee with her commitment and service to the program, as well as her involvement in making presentations at regional and national conferences, and her vision to introduce an Honors program back in Germany. She was nominated by Kathryn M. MacDonald, Coordinator to Monroe’s Honors Program and a professor in its English Department.

“The NCHC Student of the Year Award is the most prestigious honor the National Collegiate Honors Council bestows on member students, and the entire Monroe College community congratulates Nathalie on this extraordinary and well-earned recognition,” said Professor MacDonald. “I have mentored Nathalie since her first year on campus, and am continually impressed by her keen academic focus, uncompromising professionalism, leadership, drive, and strong ethics. Clearly, her peers on the selection committee for this award are as well.”

Professor MacDonald added: “Nathalie’s selection for this award is particularly impressive given that our honors students only began attending regional and national honors conferences in the last few years. Accordingly, the award is a testament to the strength of our Honors program as much as it is to Nathalie’s myriad personal accomplishments.”

Prior to enrolling at Monroe in 2013, Ms. Waldschmidt lived in Vancouver, Canada, where she worked for several companies under a year-long government-sponsored Work and Travel Program. She earlier worked for a fastener production company in Germany before making her way to the United States as an au pair in 2012.

Since 2004, the Monroe College Honors Program has provided advanced learning opportunities to the College’s most accomplished students. Available to all majors at Monroe, the Honors Program challenges students with an enhanced curriculum and unique, engaging social and academic activities. Community service is emphasized in addition to academic excellence. There are just over 200 undergraduate students currently in Monroe’s Honors Program.

ABOUT MONROE COLLEGE

Founded in 1933, New York-based Monroe College is a nationally ranked private institution of higher learning with a real-world learning approach that prioritizes hands-on academic experiences, practical and relevant academic programs, flexible learning schedules, best-in-class instructional technologies, and committed and engaged faculty to ensure that students are well positioned for career success upon graduation. Monroe is among the leading higher education institutions in the country for graduating minority students.

Monroe College offers Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degree programs. It has campuses in the Bronx, New Rochelle, as well as in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia, with programs offered through its Schools of Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Nursing, Education, Business & Accounting, Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts, and Allied Health, as well as through its liberal arts and continuing education programs and its King Graduate School. For more information and admissions criteria, please visit http://www.monroecollege.edu.

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