One College of Arts & Letters student recently was awarded an Alumni Endowed Student Book Scholarship. The $500 scholarship is awarded to help alleviate the financial burden of a college education, while at the same time, recognizing outstanding academic achievement. The funds can be allocated toward any school-related costs, from books to art supplies.
This year’s recipient is Adam Nowak, who is planning to graduate in December 2022 with a double major in Humanities-Prelaw and Criminal Justice and minors in Law, Justice, and Public Policy.
“Receiving this scholarship from the College of Arts & Letters is a humbling honor,” Nowak said. “Throughout my time at MSU, the College of Arts & Letters has given me the resources I need to excel in my classes and professional life. This scholarship will aid in my endeavor to pursue higher education and support my community by working within the federal government.”
As a student, Nowak actively participated in many clubs and organizations, including the Michigan State University Pre-Law Society, in which he has been a member since 2018 and spent his senior year as President of the organization.
He also had several internships in which he gained much knowledge and experience that will aid him in attaining his career aspirations. These internships were with the Third Circuit Court for Judge David A. Groner, the Appointments Division in the Executive Office of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organization in Budapest, Hungary.
“Throughout my time at MSU, the College of Arts & Letters has given me the resources I need to excel in my classes and professional life.”Adam Nowak
His internship with the Mahatma Gandhi Human Rights Organization was obtained through the College of Arts & Letters’ Global Remote Internship Program. For this internship, he focused on researching European countries asylum laws to lobby the Hungarian government in loosening up their conservative refugee laws that are in place.”My favorite part of the College of Arts & Letters was how helpful Kate Rendi, my academic advisor, was during the course of my academic creer…I also felt like sh was truly on my side and only wanted to see me succeed.”
In addition to the Alumni Endowed Student Book Scholarship, Nowak also has received numerous other awards including the Case A.H. Scholarship and the Men of Principle Scholarship through Beta Theta Pi, a male social fraternity he has been a member of since 2019.
“My favorite part of the College of Arts & Letters was how helpful Kate Rendi, my academic advisor, was during the course of my academic career,” Nowak said. “She was patient and understanding and was never in a rush to finish our meetings. I also felt like she was truly on my side and only wanted to see me succeed.”
Since he graduated, Nowak plans to work in fraud investigation, and after gaining some experience, he plans to apply for law school in about three to four years.