2015 Maude Bigford Scholarship Recipient: Nicole Outman

By Haylee Luedtke nicole 2 2015

The Honors Program has an array of outstanding scholars as seen by the many students honored at the Honors 4.0 Dinner and Awards Night on Sept. 23. Seven students stood out and received awards and scholarships, including Nicole Outman.

Originally from Houghton Lake, MI, Nicole is a senior in the psychology program and a fourth year Honors student. While at Ferris, Nicole has been the vice president of the Honors Programming Board, secretary of the Student Psychology Association, community service chair of Psi Chi, executive vice president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and vice president of membership for Omicron Delta Kappa. She has also been in the Symphonic Band and the Peer Mentor Program.

On top of that, Nicole works for the Museum of Sexist Objects and with a school psychologist with Crossroads Charter Academy. She has volunteered through Saferide, mentoring, conducting surveys for Birkham Health Center, and the Honors Days of Service and Learning with St. Mary’s Fun Fest and WISE.

Nicole had a few words to share about her experience in Honors.

“My favorite thing I am involved in is the Honors Peer Mentoring Board,” she said. “This was the first RSO I became an e-board member in and I developed my leadership skills with this organization. I’ve made some of my best friends through this RSO, and I have also had great experiences with them along the way. I also connect my mentoring through this program. I love being a mentor. I find it so rewarding to help Honors freshmen navigate their first year, and eventually you become great friends.”

While making all those memories and working hard, Nicole has earned several awards in addition to the Maude Bigford Scholarship Award she received at last week’s Honor’s 4.0 Dinner and Awards Night. Nicole was recognized as the Best Honors Peer Mentor in Fall 2014 and the Rising Star award in Spring 2015. Alongside winning these awards, Nicole has gained countless friendships with likeminded individuals who have pushed her to achieve her goals and beyond.

According to Nicole, her favorite memory at Ferris has been a trip to the Mid-East Honors Association Conference last spring at Kent State.

“I made really great friends while I was there, and I also was able to present my research from the Museum of Sexist Objects,” said Nicole. “The best specific memory from there was when the Ferris students as a group decided to leave the opening ceremony and explore the Kent State campus and ‘broke into’ their honors building.”

Besides her involvement on campus, Nicole enjoys spending time with her parents, four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and traveling. She has travelled to Italy through the study abroad program, Florida for a conference for National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and plans to visit California this upcoming summer.

After her time here at Ferris, Nicole plans on attending graduate school for clinical psychology with a focus on gender studies. Her dream school would be the University of Michigan but is applying to other schools as well.

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