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Wayne State College Announces Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award

Published: 2-17-2014 12:35 pm

Wayne State College seeks nominations by March 5 for the Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award in honor of Dr. Ronald Holt, a 1989 Wayne State College alumnus. The award will recognize a 2014 WSC senior with a $500 award upon graduation.

Nominated seniors should have served as exemplary role models and contributed to the service ethos of the college campus and community at large during their college career. Selected students must have participated in at least one service‐learning academic or co‐curricular project/event while at WSC and have maintained good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher while in college. 

Throughout his educational and professional career, Dr. Holt has exhibited outstanding accomplishments as a strong advocate and champion of civic engagement and community service.

Holt is an attending psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in South San Francisco, Calif. His community service began at WSC 14 years ago when he began returning to campus each homecoming week as a volunteer to educate students on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues and civil rights.

“Each of us has unique knowledge, skills, and abilities that can be used to help others,’’ Holt said. “We each have the ability to make a difference in our own special way.”

Holt has received several awards for his community service across the country. He has been awarded the College’s 2004 Alumni Service Award and the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award. 

In addition to his valued work as a trustee of the Wayne State Foundation, Holt has created numerous endowed and annual scholarships at Wayne State College. He began his first annual scholarship in 1989 while a WSC senior.

Please send the nomination form and letter of support to Lisa Nelson, Service-Learning coordinator, at, by March 5. 

For more information on nominating a WSC senior for the Ron Holt Award or for the nomination form and instructions on writing a letter of support, visit or contact Lisa Nelson at 402-375-7182.


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