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. He 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.”
Christopher “CJ” Destramp of Southern NH University (SNHU)
CJ 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.”
Andrew Burger of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham
The winner of the inaugural College Student of the Year award doesn’t have 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!