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Two Trine students receive Order of Omega scholarships
March 04, 2019
Two members of Trine University’s Order of Omega chapter recently received scholarships from the international organization.
Benjamin Moricz, a senior from Valparaiso, Indiana, majoring in mechanical engineering, was awarded a Parker F. Enright Scholarship in the amount of $750. Spencer Graf, a senior from Granger, Indiana, majoring in mechanical engineering, was awarded the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Scholarship in the amount of $300.
Scholarships are awarded based on leadership, academics and service to the campus and local community.
“The scholarship made an incredible difference for my spring semester. It took all of my worries away in having to cover my books, online academic passes and more,” said Moricz. “It also really made me proud to receive recognition for my effort in Order of Omega.”
While at Trine, Moricz has served as soccer team captain, resident director, president of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity and president of Order of Omega. After graduation, he will move to Nashua, New Hampshire, to work for BAE Systems in systems and hardware engineering as a member of its 2019 ELDP-Defense Program. He also will pursue a technical master's degree in mechanical engineering.
“Order of Omega was founded by a group of outstanding fraternity men, who felt individuals in the Greek community should be recognized for their service to the fraternity community and the university as a whole,” Moricz said. “In my time at Trine University, I have relentlessly tried to become a beneficial member to each and every one of my organizations.”
The Parker F. Enright Scholarship was established to honor Order of Omega’s founding advisor. Enright was the fraternity advisor at the University of Miami, where Order of Omega was founded, and served as executive director from 1959-1964.
Graf has served as treasurer for Trine’s Order of Omega chapter for one year and has held numerous positions in the Delta Chi fraternity, including brotherhood, banquet, house manager and associate member counselor assistant. He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma honor societies and the men’s golf team, serving as its representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
An Eagle Scout, Graf plans to work as a mechanical engineer at Eagle Technologies in Bridgman, Michigan, after graduation. He hopes to eventually earn Master of Science in engineering management and Master of Business Administration degrees.
The Kent L. Gardner Scholarship was established in 1999 to recognize Dr. Kent L. Gardner, former vice president of student affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington and Order of Omega’s executive director from 1971–2013. He currently serves the organization as executive director emeritus.
Order of Omega is a Greek honorary organization recognizing only the top 3 percent of juniors and seniors in the fraternity and sorority community. The scholarship program was established to recognize academic achievements, participation and leadership in campus organizations, citizenship and service to Order of Omega and the campus community.
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