Duffy Receives Awards

Zach Duffy, a senior at William Woods University, has been named to the 2005 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” He is the son of Scott and Roberta Duffy of Janesville, Wis.

He was also named the Distinguished Scholar in Equestrian Studies during an academic convocation April 20. To be a Distinguished Scholar at William Woods, a graduating senior must be selected by the faculty of a particular discipline. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required.

In addition, Duffy received a Student Alumni Council Outstanding Senior Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 20. The Outstanding Student Awards are the only awards at William Woods University bestowed on students by the nomination and vote of other students. Nominees must demonstrate academic achievement, campus and community involvement and leadership.

Duffy was one of 13 William Woods University students selected for Who’s Who, based on being an outstanding campus leader. A campus nominating committee and editors of the annual directory chose the students based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and potential for continued success.

By his listing in “Who’s Who,” Duffy joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Duffy is involved in numerous campus activities. He is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society; president of Order of Omega, an honorary for Greeks, and an executive officer of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

He also is auction chair of President’s Twenty a collegiate honorary service society whose members serve as the university president’s official ambassadors at university events.

Duffy has received a large amount of honors and awards during his time at William Woods, including National Dean’s List and WWU Dean’s List every semester. He also was named an Outstanding Junior.

He was a 2003 American Royal “Royal Six” ambassador and scholarship winner and he won blue ribbons at the 2004 and 2002 American Royal UPHA Horse Show.

He has been the recipient of several scholarships, including the Vonderschmitt Scholarship, Academic Scholarship, 2004 Phi Gamma Delta undergraduate scholarship,
2001 American Saddlebred Horse Association Foundation scholarship and 2001 Geraldine Hedberg renewable scholarship.

Last summer he completed an internship on equine research at the University of Wisconsin with Marijo Kent-First, an internationally recognized genetics expert and William Woods graduate.