Maggie Fritz, a junior environmental science and policy major with a concentration in politics and policy, received the Katherine McAdams Leadership Award at the College Park Scholars annual award ceremony in September. The award is presented to a "young woman who has proven to be an effective leader in Scholars during her freshman and sophomore years." In addition, the award "recognizes leadership that is broadly defined, ranging from concerned student to campus governance officer."
Fritz, who is minoring in nonprofit leadership and social innovation as well as sustainability, is a College Park Scholars Science and Global Change alumnus and received the award for her range of involvement in leadership within the Scholars program. The Los Angeles native was a Scholars Peer Mentor and the head of her program's fundraising committee during her sophomore year, raising over $1,000 for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She also volunteered at the Alturas Wildlife Sanctuary in Dominical, Costa Rica to complete her Scholars practicum. Now, Fritz serves as the founder and coordinator of a new student-led service initiative in the Scholars community, Scholars in Action, in which she manages a team of 14 student leaders in mobilizing students across the living-learning program to volunteer on campus and in the Greater College Park area.
This semester, Fritz is studying energy and the environment in the University's Federal Fellows program. She is also the student staff intern for the 2018 season at The Farmers Market at Maryland, channeling her passion for sustainable food systems through writing weekly newsletters, facilitating social media campaigns, spearheading new marketing initiatives, and overseeing the market itself each Wednesday on the Tawes Plaza. In her spare time, she is also a RecWell Group Fitness Instructor, leading weekly Zumba, DanceFit, and Barre classes at Eppley Recreation Center.