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Fisher student receives two Congressional Medals

Published: 2012-02-28

U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers awards Congressional Medals to Fisher student Nielsen Dias
U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers (left) awards Congressional Medals to Fisher student Nielsen Dias

Fisher alumnus and U.S. Congressman Steve Stivers awarded his first Congressional Medal to a Fisher student. Make that, medals. Nielsen Dias, a first-year finance student, received both silver and bronze Congressional Medals for his volunteer work with charitable and social organizations.

The award recognizes service, initiative and achievements of young people ages 14 to 23. It is awarded through the Congressional Award Foundation, a public-private partnership, in four program areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness and expedition/exploration.

“This is the first medal I’ve presented,” Stivers said, as he placed the first of two medals around Dias neck. “I was really impressed with your work; you are making the world a better place.”

A longtime volunteer in his hometown of Miami, Florida, Dias worked for the Ronald McDonald House, Cyder Reading for the Blind, Starbuck’s Youth Philanthropy Committee and an animal shelter.

Here in Columbus, Dias is a Fisher Cares volunteer and Scholars for Service award recipient. He tutors students at the Windsor School, serves meals to homeless at Holy Family Soup Kitchen and he packages food at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank for distribution.

Although Dias was offered a scholarship to attend the University of Florida, he chose Fisher because of the strength of its finance program.

“For my area of specialization—finance and accounting, this school had a much stronger program than Florida,” he said.