The Harrison Kowiak Scholarship Fund and Hazing Prevention Network (HPN) are pleased to announce this year’s Hazing Prevention Institute scholarship winners.
“The Hazing Prevention Institute brings together organizations and campuses from across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of hazing and to provide hazing prevention strategies they can implement,” said Todd Shelton, HPN executive director. “We are fortunate to have the Harrison Kowiak Scholarship Fund as a foundational supporter of this effort. We applaud them for extending our reach by providing Institute scholarships for 12 individuals to attend.”
The Harrison Kowiak Scholarship Fund has provided Hazing Prevention Institute scholarships to: Maureen Derrick, University of South Carolina; Kollin Fitzpatrick, Delta Gamma Executive Office; Scott Irlbacher, Slippery Rock University; Annika Lachnor, Oswego State University of New York; Valerie Milanes, University of Nevada, Reno; Alina Quintana, Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority; Rebecca Reed, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Akeya Simeon, West Virginia University; Fisher Smith, Lane College; Olivia Sprow, University of Florida; William Takewell, Southweastern Louisiana University and Emily Tayce, Eastern Kentucky University. Scholarships include registration, lodging and a travel stipend.
“The Kowiak Family is very proud and honored to enable these individuals to attend the Institute and take the latest hazing prevention strategies back to their campuses and organizations,” said Lianne Kowiak.
“The Kowiak Family is very proud and honored to enable these individuals to attend the Institute and take the latest hazing prevention strategies back to their campuses and organizations,” said Lianne Kowiak, who founded the Harrison Kowiak Scholarship Fund with her family after the hazing death of her 19-year old son, Harrison. “We cannot change the events of losing our beautiful son and brother, however, we can try to educate others and support efforts to prevent hazing moving forward.”
Kowiak serves on the HPN board and shares her son’s story on campuses across the country. She does not charge fees for her appearances and all donations to the fund are used to support the scholarship.
The annual HPN Hazing Prevention Institute will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., at the NCAA Hall of Champion & Conference Center on June 12 and 13 and is powered by the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) in collaboration with the Piazza Center. The Institute provides the building blocks for proactive hazing prevention on campus or in an organization. The sessions will focus on helping professionals put hazing prevention plans in place for schools, universities, teams, clubs and organizations of all sizes. The evidence-based curriculum incorporates the latest research in hazing prevention and is taught by experienced hazing prevention educators. Complete event information is available at hazingpreventionnetwork.org
(May 10, 2023)