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Student Awards

Current Wiegert, Boswell & Tilly Winners

Joel Wiegert Award
Awarded to: Mats Eriksson

The Joel Wiegert Award was established in 1966 by the Fairbanks Building Trades Council and the Fairbanks Central Labor Council. Joel Wiegert was appointed as the second business manager for the Laborers in 1949 and remained in the position until his departure in 1966. Married to Nancy Loftus Wiegert, who died of cancer in 1984, Joel and Nancy were strong supporters of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Nancy's parents, Theodore & Audrey Loftus, attended and graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Mr. Wiegert currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

Marion Frances Boswell Memorial Award
Awarded to: Kristen McKay

The Marion Frances Boswell Memorial Award has been presented annually since 1934. Originally from Eastern Oregon, Marion enrolled in Business Administration and Home Economics in September, 1928 at the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, now the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Marion passed away April 8, 1933 at the age of 23 during her senior year. After her death, Marion's brother John met with President Charles Bunnell in 1934 to establish this award in honor of his sister. It was established to honor a woman who has balanced her college education with extracurricular activities, character, and personality. This award also recognizes an individual who inspires other undergraduates to conduct themselves as responsible men and women.


Gray S.Tilly Memorial Award
Awarded to: Kimberley Strong

The Gray S. Tilly Memorial Award was established by Lola C. Tilly in memory of her late husband Gray Tilly. Mr. Tilly came to Alaska in 1923 and lived in southeastern Alaska for several years. He later moved to Fairbanks and was head of the Selective Service Board for 25 years. Mrs. Tilly came to Fairbanks in 1929 to head the home economics department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, then the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines. Upon retiring from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1963, Mrs. Tilly was named professor of home economics emeritus; she received an honorary doctor of humanities degree. She died in 1996 at the age of 98.

The Scholar Athletes
 Awarded to: Logan Hanneman and Alyson McPhetres

The Scholar Athlete honors the most prestigious male and female student-athlete at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The recipients are selected based upon their excellence in academic achievement, athletic achievement, campus & community service, and character.