College Student of the Year Winners

2016 Winner

Amelia Keane of the University of New Hampshire Manchester (UNHM)

As a Biology major at the University of NH Manchester, Amelia holds a amelia-keane3.89 GPA and is looking to be part of the public health sector after graduation. She is actively involved in campus activities serving as a biology program mentor, a member of the Committee for Student Collaboration and the Committee for Veterans and Student Affairs, and began the first environmental club on campus, implementing a campus-wide recycling and sustainability program.

One of her recommendations stated, “Amelia’s sincere passion, leadership and tireless efforts; the clubs and activities she has been a part of have made a tremendous impact on the campus already and we know they will continue to pay dividends!”

2015 Winner

Alicia Frazier of Southern NH University (SNHU)

Alicia_FrazierAs a psychology and child development leadership major at SNHU, Alicia Frazier from Candia currently has a 3.87 GPA. She is involved on campus and in the community in many ways including: as an employee in the president’s office, admission’s office tour guide, honors student council, a participant in Business NH Magazine’s “Young Reporter’s Project,” and has had three internships.

One of her letters of recommendation stated, “Alicia gives me great hope for the future of our universities and schools,” and another, “from her first semester, Alicia’s warmth, passion, and desire to help others stood out. She is such an unpretentious leader, I’m not sure she fully realizes the impact she is having on our campus and on those around her.”

2014 Winner

Ian Gagnon of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham

Ian is an engineering major at the University of NH with a 3.88 GPA. IanGagnonHe is a member of Engineers Without Borders, a tutor on campus, is a student representative on two advisory boards, co-founder of a business, an intern in UNH’s Center for Ocean Renewable Energy and in his free time, Ian competes with the ski racing club. In addition, Ian has received the university-wide presidential scholarship, two engineering awards, and received his Eagle Scout badge in 2008. As one of his references said, “Ian is a great mixture of intellectual depth, scientific curiosity, and demonstrates a sincere desire to help others.”

2013 Winner

Christopher “CJ” Destramp of Southern NH University (SNHU)

CJDestrampCJ is in the three-year honors program in business administration at Southern NH University. He is the President of two campus organizations, the Presidential Ambassadors and the Delta Mu Delta Honors Society, and is a Communications Intern at Dyn.  In addition to excelling at his studies, graduating high school in the top 10% of his class and even earning a 4.0 GPA this past spring semester, CJ is also a musician playing in the SNHU Community band, has volunteered with Capital Region Food Program, and as one of his references said, “CJ has the charisma and passion for success that every employer is looking for; this is something you cannot teach in any college course. This combination of intelligence, leadership and character will enable him to advance in any career path he should choose to enter.”

2012 Winner

Andrew Burger of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham

The winner of the inaugural College Student of the Year award doesn’t Andrew_Burgerhave perfect grades but that isn’t to say he won’t be doing phenomenal things when he graduates. How do we know that? Because he’s doing extraordinary things already. A senior at the University of NH in Durham in 2012, this college student launched a business, EZcao.com, which connects students with potential employers. The goal? To keep graduating seniors in the state. This start-up star receives office space and support from the NH Commercialization Center in Portsmouth, and he was recently a runner up for the Holloway Prize. When he’s not working his business or studying at school, he volunteers at the Concord Boys and Girls Club Camp. In fact, he has donated more than 800 hours there during the past two summers. If you think he’s impressive now, just wait. This college student of the year has a bright future!