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Scholarship Recipient: Abby Mahnke

The Northern Pact includes principles that outline the expectations for members of the NIU community. The principles of the pact – being purposeful, just, caring, open, disciplined and celebrative – are what makes the campus community flourish.

When it comes to being a Huskie, Abby Mahnke has been purposeful about her education since day one.

“What I love about being a Huskie is that I am surrounded by such diverse, driven students who want to better themselves as much as I do,” said Mahnke, 21, from Crystal Lake, Ill. “Students here are not only passionate about their field of study, but are truly proud to be a Huskie.”

Mahnke, a junior majoring in accountancy, was recently named as a Northern Pact Scholarship winner. It’s no accident that her efforts, both in and out of the classroom, exemplify the Northern Pact principles.

“Juggling my classes, extracurricular activities and working to pay for school has been extremely difficult, but it’s  also been a blessing in disguise,” said Mahnke, who has maintained a 3.47 grade point average. “It has given me the drive I need to succeed now and for the rest of my life.”

Mahnke seized the opportunity to make the most of her college career by getting involved in organizations like the Investment Association, Student Alumni Association, Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society, Internal Audit Association, Delta Gamma Sorority, University Honors Program and Peer Instructor for the Office of First Year Experience.

In addition to her rigorous academics, she manages to work to pay for college.

“Self-financing my entire education has been very difficult, but it has given me so many opportunities to grow into the adult I am today,” Mahnke said. “Being awarded this scholarship has showed me that I am doing something right and that my goals really are achievable. There is nothing more rewarding as a student than knowing you are making a difference on campus.”

Mahnke’s commitment to being purposeful is just one reason why we have a culture of care and a sense of Huskie pride. 

Apply online for the 2017-18 Northern Pact scholarship.


2016-2017 Northern Pact Scholarship Winner Abby Mahnke.

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