KUWomenofDistinction

Hannah Sitz (Middle Right)

Hannah Sitz (Middle Right)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society President
  • Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference Planning Committee Member
  • Douthart Scholarship Hall Vice President
  • Board of Class Officers Vice President of the Freshman Class
  • Honors Ambassador
  • Mortar Board Torch Chapter
  • Hall Center Scholar
  • Dole Institute Hemenway Public Service Award Finalist
  • Watkins-Berger Scholar
  • Wooldridge Scholar
  • Certification in Service Learning
  • Certified Turbokick Group Fitness Instructor
  • Department of Student Housing Rising Star Award
  • School of Journalism Brill-Schmitz Award
  • Fred McElhenie Scholarship
  • School of Journalism Clyde & Betty Reed Scholarship

How I became interested in my area of study:

I grew up in a community, a church, and a family that rooted in me the importance of working hard and being a good steward of resources in order to serve others. After serving as a volunteer coordinator at the local soup kitchen as a teen, I knew I wanted to make a career out of affecting positive change in the many social issues facing us today. Continuing that desire in college, I’ve been in leadership and service roles that have further solidified my desire to become a nonprofit administrator. I think there is something to learn from every experience and every person.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

In April 2013, after nearly a year-long process, I was awarded the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship for individuals committed to public service. This was one of the most defining moments of my life, not only because it provides opportunities to further my education and help realize my goal of becoming a nonprofit administrator, but also because it validated that my work has made and will continue to make a positive difference in my communities. That’s a great feeling!

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

Dr. Kala Stroup has undoubtedly been responsible for all of my successes here at KU. I remember being so intimidated by such an incredible woman when I first asked to take her Honors 492 Citizen Philanthropy class as a freshman, but those fears were quickly dispelled. She has so much knowledge and wisdom that she has “downloaded” into me and my generation, and her unbridled support for my dreams has helped me so much. I hope to someday have as much impact on someone as she has had on me!

My favorite KU memory:

It may be cliché, but I still vividly remember running from the Fieldhouse down to Mass. St. after the Final Four game in 2012. I’ve never high-fived so many people in my life! What was so great about that night was that no one was a stranger; everyone was a Jayhawk. I am so grateful and proud to belong to such a tight-knit community.

When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:

I’m a sucker for cute animal pictures. Bad days don’t stay that way for long if a Google Image search elicits some kittens, puppies, or baby rabbits…it’s nice to change perspective a bit and just smile through whatever may be going on.

An important life lesson I have learned:

It’s not supposed to be easy. Something I’ve learned is that life isn’t all flowers and roses; there will be things that are hard, stressful, or uncomfortable. But without the struggles that force you to grow, you wouldn’t appreciate the successes as much.

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

I do have a sister coming to KU this fall! I want her to know that everything works out. I don’t believe that there’s only one pre-determined “right” path for every person; I think it’s ok and totally beneficial to explore new things, to change your mind, and to end up somewhere even better than you ever imagined!

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
– Luke 12:48b

This is kind of my motto; I consider it a responsibility to never be satisfied with the status quo or to take things for granted. I never want to become complacent or think that I’ve “done enough.”