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Business Students Receive University Recognition

Four Leavey School of Business students received University awards for their special contributions to the Santa Clara University community this year.

“I wish to congratulate publicly the members of the Class of 2017 selected to receive the following University awards, the highest recognition given to students,” said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J.

These students were honored at the annual Senior Toast that took place June 2 and will be recognized again at Commencement on June 17. 


This honor is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service. The Valedictorian for the Class of 2017 is Erika Francks, who will graduate with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Management Information Systems.

Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award

This is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being a "whole person of solidarity in the real world" and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world. For 2017, the Kolvenbach Award will be presented at Commencement to Neil Datar, who is graduating with a double major in Political Science and History and a minor in Economics.

Student Life Award

Jaia Rovaris (Management)

This award, established in 1984, is presented to the senior who has contributed to the overall quality of life in the University community.

Richard J. Riordan Award

Samantha Hailey Malone (Management)

Established in 1984, the Riordan Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of graduating seniors in the area of community service. The community service for which the nominee is being recognized must have been through a department(s) or program(s) affiliated with Santa Clara University and must have focused on work with marginalized or under­served populations outside of the University community.



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