Feb. 23, 2012
CHICAGO - BTN has announced the 12 winners of its BTN LiveBIG Scholarship for Outstanding Service. On-line voting yielded more than 80,000 votes.
Each Big Ten Conference school had one winner that will receive a $1,000 scholarship for his or her service to others.
Purdue's winner was Timothy Spano. "Through pledging Alpha Phi Omega I have had a chance to do many different service projects," Spano says. "Our service extends from campus to scouting, community, and national service. There is little that we do not do with regards to helping our fellow Americans." His complete essay can be read here.
Purdue's other finalists were Kaitlin Conti, Travis Huber, Alan Mast and Rachael Smith.
BTN's original series, BTN LiveBIG debuted last fall to celebrate, promote and encourage community service. Hosted by former Michigan football standout Dhani Jones, the inspirational program highlights Big Ten alumni, students and supporters who exemplify what it means to "live big" through their service to others. The series profiles luminaries such as Indiana's Jane Pauley, Minnesota's Tony Dungy, Nebraska's Tom Osborne, Wisconsin's Devin Harris and many others. Viewers can learn more about these inspirational stories and others at BTNLiveBIG.com, the virtual hub for the program. Online, viewers can also discover ways they can act, serve and inspire through BTN LiveBIG's 25 partner service organizations.