Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association

Scholarship / Assistantship Programs of Alpha Nu Omega

The Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association is organized primarily for education and scholarship purposes as provided for under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Alumni Association provides both scholarships and assistantships to active members of the fraternity. An endowment fund has been created to assist the organization with long term funding of these programs. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic success, fraternity participation (fraternity and campus/community service) and need. The emphasis of these selection criteria varies with each award program.  

The Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association fund has been created at UMD by formal agreement with UMD and ratification of this agreement by the University Of Minnesota Foundation.  The endowment funds for this scholarship are administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation.  The fund is invested in accordance with the investment principles of the University of Minnesota Foundation for endowment funds.

The University of Minnesota Duluth has established the Reaching Higher Scholarship Initiative Match Program, which matches on a dollar-for-dollar basis the payout of the endowed fund established here by Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association known as the Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.  The annual payout made available for distribution from the Alpha Nu Omega Alumni Association Scholarship Fund will be determined by the Foundation’s Spending policy as defined by its Board of Trustees.

The current awards are as follows:

The John L. Banks Memorial Scholarship
On March 29, 1966, John L. Banks died when his C-130 crashed in Vietnam. John exemplified the achievement of Alpha's objectives: academic success, active participation in the fraternity and other organizations and a strong personal allegiance to his brothers. Following his death, the Alumni Association named the "John L. Banks Memorial Scholarship" in his honor.

The Daryl B. Knodt Memorial Assistantship
In the years that followed, alumni became increasingly sensitive to the extra efforts of some Alphas who worked hard for the fraternity and were in need of financial assistance. This assistantship was added in 1978 with an emphasis on fraternity participation and need. The assistantship was named for Daryl Brooks Knodt, a very active and loyal member of Alpha who died in a car accident on December 21, 1968. Brooks was a former president of Alpha and beloved brother. His contributions to the fraternity have been memorialized by the establishment of the Daryl B. Knodt Memorial Assistantship.

The Warren F. Orrick Memorial Scholarship
During the 1960s, Alphas were often involved in many fraternity, school and community activities. One of the more active was Warren "Butch" Orrick. Always eager, Butch provided the motivation (and often the "place") for the next event. Butch died on July 14, 1990. In respect for Butch's high level of participation and academic success, the Warren F. Orrick Memorial Scholarship has been created.


We are pleased to report our three scholarship recipients for fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.  Interviews were recently conducted at the UMD Darland Administration Building by a scholarship panel consisting of Alpha Scholarship Chairman Tom Kraus, Alpha Alumni President Mike Dean,  Associate Director of the Kirby Leadership Institute Joie Acheson Lee and Bekki Babineau of the UMD Development Office.  Awards were in the amount of $11,000 to be distributed equally in the fall semester of 2016 and the spring semester of 2017.  Funds were allocated at $4000 each for our two John L. Banks recipients and $3000 for our Daryl B. Knodt recipient. They are very impressive young men who have formed a very strong sense of brotherhood that was very evident in the interview process. Here is a brief sketch of our recipients:

Isaac Winter -  John L. Banks Scholarship ($4000)
Isaac is a Political Science major with a minor in History.  He will be a junior in 2016-2017 and has a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.778.  He is also the recipient of the Gerhard Von Glahn Scholarship as having the highest GPA among sophomore Political Science majors at UMD.  Isaac previously served as Service Chairman and has now been elected as Alpha’s new President. He is a graduate of Cottage Grove High School where he participated in varsity basketball and track and field.

Andreas Aristidou - John L. Banks Scholarship ($4000)
 Andreas is majoring in Chemical Engineering with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.687.  He served as Social Chairman in 2015-2016 and has been elected Vice President.  Andreas has mentored students in Chem 1, Chem 2 and Physics 1.  He was Alpha’s candidate for UMD Man of the Year.  Andreas is a graduate of Maple Grove High School where  played varsity football and competed in shot put and discus.

Ahmed Almanaseer - Daryl B. Knodt Scholarship ($3000)
Ahmed is majoring in Industrial Engineering and has a cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.565. He will be a senior this fall.  Ahmed has served as the Active Chapter President for three years.  During that time he has been instrumental in organizing joint service projects, social events, joint study times and forging relationships with UMD sororities.  Fittingly he was nominated for UMD Sweetheart by two sororities, Beta Lambda Psi and Psi Sigma Sigma.  We are thankful for his leadership and dedication.  Ahmed comes to UMD from the United Arab Emirates..