Aaron Horath thanks the Foxes for their support

Aaron Horath

The Wayne and Margie Fox Award for Excellence

Each year, two business students receive the Wayne and Margie Fox Award for Excellence. This award recognizes business students who demonstrate excellence in an unpaid internship with a nonprofit. As part of the recognition, each student was presented with a monetary award.

Wayne and Margie Fox began the award in 2010 because they recognize the significant time the students commit to their unpaid internships. They also value real world engagement opportunities for students.

Aaron Horath received the award in 2015 after completing an unpaid internship at Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County. He wrote the following in grateful appreciation to the Foxes:

I was honored to receive the Wayne and Margie Fox Award for Excellence and I appreciate their help in pursuing my undergraduate degree. I was a non-traditional student who took longer than four years to complete my degree in order to work during my education. The scholarship helped me very much. Thank you.

Immediately after the internship, Aaron did a one-year term of service with Habitat as an AmeriCorps member while finishing his undergraduate degree. As a former firefighter and EMT, he has always had an interest in serving the public, and serving with Habitat aligned nicely with that goal.

Aaron graduated from UIS in May 2017. He has considered continuing for an MBA with a focus in healthcare administration, but he has also been testing for the Springfield Police Department. He is now qualified for many positions and is casting a wide net to discover his personal path to success.

How would you like to support students?

Wayne and Margie Fox saw a need at UIS and now students like Aaron Horath are that much more able to achieve success.

Do you know of a need that you would like to address? Gift officers in the Office of Advancement will be happy to work with you on that goal. Call 217.206.6058 or email giftinfo@uis.edu for more information.