Senior Kurt Schultz, a Commonwealth Honors College student majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, was honored May 8 at the State House during the state Department of Higher Education’s 29 Who Shine ceremony saluting public campus graduates for their civic and academic achievements.
The Northborough resident was presented his award by state Secretary of Education Matthew Malone.
“The 29 Who Shine represent the best and the brightest of our public higher education system,” said Malone. “I’m inspired by how these graduates are giving back to their communities and at the same, for many, also working full time to support their families. And even with all they have going on these students achieved high academic honors. These are the types of people who you want as your neighbor and I’m very proud of each of them.”
Schultz, who was also recognized as a 21st Century Leader at Undergraduate Commencement, founded UCAN, a community service network connecting UMass Amherst students with volunteer opportunities in the Amherst schools. Since January 2010, UCAN has recruited 250 student volunteers.
He was also enrolled in the Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program and conducted research involving sleep and emotional memory in the Cognition and Action Laboratory. An aspiring emergency room physician, Schultz revived and reformed the Premedical Society that now offers opportunities for students to gain valuable medical experience that increases chances of acceptance into medical school.
Each of Massachusetts’ 29 public campuses selected its own honoree for the awards based on criteria established by the Department of Higher Education. Nomineess are required to be residents of Massachusetts who have a strong academic record and a history of civic engagement.