Congratulations to Adam Malik ’20, who was named the 2020 recipient of the Frank S. Spigener Service and Leadership Award. The award recognizes a graduating senior for outstanding service and leadership to the University School and greater Milwaukee communities.
Malik was recognized for his outstanding service and leadership work with a variety of projects, including teaching English to children in an orphanage in Pakistan, tutoring with Our Next Generation, volunteering with SEA Literacy, and becoming a member of the Borgen Project, which addresses global poverty. Malik understands the importance of helping others as they strive to reach their goals, particularly in marginalized communities and among those who have and continue to face great adversity with minimal access to resources.
As a recipient of the award, Malik received a check for $1,000, and he will donate $2,000 to SEA Literacy.
About the Frank S. Spigener Service and Leadership Award
The Frank S. Spigener Service and Leadership Award is named for a long-time American history teacher and headmaster at Milwaukee University School—a predecessor to University School of Milwaukee. It recognizes a USM Upper School student who demonstrates the spirit of caring, humanitarianism, and volunteerism exemplified by Spigener.
The award was created in 2016 in partnership with Robert Burch MUS’52, who made a generous gift to establish an endowed fund for the award. Each recipient receives a cash award of $1,000 and the privilege to designate a grant of $2,000 to a local Milwaukee 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of his or her choice. “This is a two-part award,” said Burch, “because it’s not about what you get. It’s about what you give.”
The Spigener Service and Leadership Award is modeled after one Spigener conferred during his time at MUS called the Thompson Trophy, which was engraved with the following words:
“Not what you get, but what you give;
Not what you say, but how you live;
Giving the world the love it needs,
Living a life of noble deeds;
Strong for the right – the good – the true –
These are the things worthwhile to you.”
Those words were spoken often by Spigener, and inspired generations of students—Burch included—to live a positive life.