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The Dole Institute announces award and contest winners

LAWRENCE- The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has announced the winners of the 2020 Robert E. Hemenway Public Service Award, 2020 Senator Robert J. Dole Public Service Scholarship and the 2020 civic engagement essay contest.

“Working with students is not only an intrinsic part of the Dole Institute’s mission but one of the most rewarding things we do,” said Director Bill Lacy. “We are thrilled to recognize these young people for their hard work and dedication.”

This year’s Robert E. Hemenway Public Service Award winner is Jessica Geiger. The Dole Institute of Politics established this award in May 2009 in honor of the 16th Chancellor of the University of Kansas upon his retirement. The award is given annually to a student leader, respected by peers, who is concerned with strengthening civic life at the University of Kansas: the overriding criteria for this award is commitment to civic engagement and public service, with demonstrated leadership. After completing her undergraduate degree, Jessica plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration, and a career in the public sector.

This year’s Robert J. Dole Service to Country Award winner is Samiyah Para-Cremer. This award was established by John D. Pinegar, Douglas E. Smith and Pinegar, Smith & Associates, Inc. to recognize a student of the University of Kansas who is an active member of the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board (SAB). The recipient must be committed to public service and have demonstrated leadership.

The 2020 civic engagement essay contest celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, and Women’s History Month. Contestants submitted essays of no more than 500 words answering the question, “Is the vote a right or a responsibility?” Jessica Geiger won first place, Samiyah Para-Cremer won second, Wil Ullmann won third, and Julianne Dillion received honorable mention.

More information about the winners of the scholarship and essay contest is below:

Julianne Dillion

Julianne Dillon is a junior at the University of Kansas from Lakewood Ranch, Florida. She is majoring in French, Global and International Studies, and Journalism. In the future, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in French to conduct research and teach at the university level. Julianne is a member of the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board.

Jessica Geiger

Jessica Geiger is a senior at the University of Kansas, majoring in communication studies with minors in public administration and political science. She has been a member of the Dole Institute of Politics Student Advisory Board since Fall of 2019, and during that time, she served as the organization’s social chair. In addition to being involved with the Dole SAB, she is a member of KU’s Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta. Throughout college, she has also worked as an intern for the Kansas Legislature and the Trust Women Foundation. She plans to pursue a Master’s of Public Administration following graduation.

Samiyah Para-Cremer

Samiyah Para-Cremer graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2020 with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science, Law & Society, and Spanish. She has been honored for outstanding achievement in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, the Department of Applied Behavioral Science, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. In October 2020, she will begin a Master’s of Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford.

Wil Ullmann

Wil Ullmann is a junior at the University of Kansas, unfortunately, we were unable to obtain a biography and picture, before deadline.

The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics is dedicated to promoting political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bipartisan, philosophically balanced manner. It is located on KU’s West Campus and houses the Dole Archive and Special Collections. Through its robust public programming, congressional archive and museum, the Dole Institute strives to celebrate public service and the legacies of U.S. Senators Bob Dole and Elizabeth Dole.

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