Liz Shepard recipient of fall 2020 Tiger Heart Award

From left, Liz Shepard and Robin Graves.

Liz Shepard, Director of Upward Bound, is the fall 2020 recipient of Cowley College’s Tiger Heart Award. The award is presented each semester to an employee that has gone above and beyond to help a fellow employee, therefore exhibiting the heart of a tiger.

Shepard has worked in the Upward Bound program at Cowley College for the past 18 plus years. She enjoys the tie between the people she works with and the students that the program serves.

Past Tiger Heart Award recipients include Rikki Hettenbach (fall 2019) and Robin Graves (spring 2020).

“Liz represents the true tiger spirit because she is generous with her time and talents and is always ready to help anyone,” Graves said. “She is enthusiastic, encouraging and a genuinely caring person. Thanks Liz for your reliable support and dedication to our future tigers and to all of our Cowley family.”

Shepard received the traveling award, a crystal tiger head.

“This award is very special because it represents who I am. I love Cowley,” Shepard said.

Cowley College’s Upward Bound is a pre-college program dedicated to helping high school students prepare for college or vocational-technical schools. Upward Bound is free to eligible students.

“I am a firm believer in the following: Relationships before Rigor. Grace before grades. Patience before programs. Love before lessons,” Shepard said. “People are our greatest asset and I am and will always be there to help in any way I can.”

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