ZGK Foundation Honors Five Graduating Seniors at 9th Annual Awards Ceremony

After a record breaking 52 nominations from 38 brothers, the Zachary Gerald Knight Foundation presented five graduating seniors with the 9th annual awards at Salisbury University.

Please join us in congratulating: Cal Aldersley, Damon Savastano, Frank Pipich, Brendan Fagan, and Martin Kristian

The 2019 ZGK - Salisbury University Award Recipients: Cal Aldersley, Damon Savastano, Frank Pipich, Brendan Fagan, Martin Kristian

The 2019 ZGK - Salisbury University Award Recipients: Cal Aldersley, Damon Savastano, Frank Pipich, Brendan Fagan, Martin Kristian

This year’s awards truly demonstrated what Zack was all about: Kindness, Friendship, Looking out for Others, and a whole lot of Fun. From the 38 brothers who took the time to nominate their peers, to the 5 recipients, and 60 plus attendees, we couldn’t be happier about our 2019 Salisbury Awards.

Including this year’s recipients, the ZGK Foundation has now awarded $20,000 to 31 award recipients from Salisbury University. The ZGK Foundation continues to partner with the Kappa Sigma - Pi Sigma chapter to carry on Zack’s legacy of noticing and acknowledging the good in others.

Award recipients have shown the character strengths that exemplify being a positive role model within their college community. The award recognizes their leadership, selflessness and kindness toward others. Nominations for this award were voluntarily submitted by the recipients’ peers who detailed observations of outstanding character.

The 2018-2019 Salisbury University Kappa Sigma - Pi Sigma Chapter

Jerry Knight addressing the 2018-2019 Kappa Sigma - Pi Sigma chapter

Jerry Knight addressing the 2018-2019 Kappa Sigma - Pi Sigma chapter

2019 ZGK Award Recipients with ZGK Board Members

2019 ZGK Award Recipients with ZGK Board Members

2nd Annual Professional Workshop at Salisbury University

Bob Smith & Jerry Knight with Kappa Sigma, Pi Sigma 2019 Graduating Seniors

Bob Smith & Jerry Knight with Kappa Sigma, Pi Sigma 2019 Graduating Seniors

It’s that time of year again! Graduating Seniors everywhere are counting down the days until exams are over and they can celebrate the close of their college experience and welcome their next chapter. For a lot of graduates, this means navigating the professional world of job interviews, salary negotiations, and workplace etiquette.

To help with this transition, Bob Smith and Jerry Knight met with the graduating seniors from Kappa Sigma, Pi Sigma Chapter at Salisbury University. There was a terrific turnout at the second annual event including the 2018 ZGK Foundation award recipient, Arjun Shaw. (First row, first from left).

Bob and Jerry discussed challenges and gave pointers to help young professionals with networking, preparing for interviews, productive interviewing, and assimilating into your first professional position.  Bob and Jerry focused on insights that are not commonly taught. Things like: effective ways to follow up after an interview or when someone helps in your professional career, and ideas about how to quickly build a relationship with your new boss. 

The Kappa Sigma brothers enjoyed the evening and suggested that Bob and Jerry continue meeting with seniors and bestowing real world knowledge.

Congratulations, Class of 2019!

Congratulations 2018 Zachary Gerald Knight Award Recipients

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Zachary Gerald Knight Foundation Award winners from Salisbury University and Severna Park High School.

Board Members: Clayton Ramsey and Mark Priebe, with 2018 Salisbury University recipients. 

Board Members: Clayton Ramsey and Mark Priebe, with 2018 Salisbury University recipients. 

Zack was loved for his kindness, enthusiasm, selflessness, and courage to take on leadership roles. The Zachary Gerald Knight Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, recognizes these traits in rising leaders.

Our foundation strives to recognize graduating seniors who uplift and set a positive example for others. We look for positive role models and individuals who demonstrate leadership skills in the school setting and in the larger community. We recognize award recipients who exhibit traits including kindness, compassion, creating an inclusive environment, and selfless behavior.

Since the criteria we value cannot be measured solely by grades, nor accomplishments on the sporting field, we rely on student applications, nominations, and input from community members, faculty, and peers.

Our recipients receive monetary awards ranging from $500-$2,500 to use towards their next chapter in life, whatever that may be. This year, we were privileged to award almost $10,000 to graduating seniors. We are thrilled that past recipients have used part of their award to give back to their communities, truly living the mission of the Zachary Gerald Knight Foundation.

Congratulations 2018 Recipients!

Kappa Sigma, Pi Sigma Chapter, Salisbury University - 8th Annual Award

Arjun Shah
He's helpful and kind - "he willingly taught me the ropes so I would not fail." He reinforced these qualities by telling me that I, too, possessed these qualities and was doing a good job as well as being the best person I could be. "He's the type of person I strive to be like every day."

Shane Strott
Shane is often the behind the scenes kind of guy. He does the type of work required that others are unwilling to do. Most people don't know this about Shane and he is, therefore, what I'd call an under-rated asset.

Dex DiMattia
He is a great listener and puts others before self. I can lean on him - he is dedicated, compassionate and kind. I had taken on too many classes one semester - he was pivotal in helping me stay on track with schoolwork in order to graduate in 4 years; he helped me go from failing to passing.

Severna Park High School - 2nd Annual Award

Griffin Bathras
We are impressed with your resilience, courage, and compassion for others. You are known for “leading by example” and have made an impact with organizations such as the Unified Sports program and “Make a Wish” Foundation.  

Nick Plummer
We admire that you are never too busy to help someone and your initiative to create supportive and positive environments. Our board was impressed with your commitment to the Anne Arundel County Police Explorer Program as well as your volunteer efforts with various local agencies.  

Jenna Farrell
We are impressed with your ability to inspire others around you through your passion, energy and enthusiasm. "She genuinely cares about others without expectation of being acknowledged or recognized." She pushes herself to do her best and remains humble in the process.

“WHEN YOU APPRECIATE THE GOOD, THE GOOD APPRECIATES"  (T.Ben-Shahar)

What Now? ZGK Foundation's Advice for 2018 Grads

What Now? ZGK Foundation's Advice for 2018 Grads

This past April, Board Member Jerry Knight and his colleague, Bob Smith, met with the graduating seniors of Salisbury University's, Kappa Sigma - Pi Sigma chapter, for some real talk about life after college and how to navigate the job market. From Interview Prep to the Do’s and Dont’s of your first job, here are Jerry & Bob’s tips for 2018 Grads.

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