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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Celebrate our graduating class with us as we highlight this year's award winners, some of the great things our seniors have done while at SCU, as well as some of their post-graduation plans.

University Awards

 

SCU Award Winners

SCU Award Winners

Valedictorian

Conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service.

Haley Howard

Political Science, Ethnic Studies // Religious Studies minor


Nobili Medal

Presented to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.

Alexander Quan*

Neuroscience // Art History, Philosophy, Biology minors


St. Clare Medal

Presented to the female graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University.

Briahna Jackson

Psychology, Ethnic Studies


Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. Award

In recognition of their outstanding contributions in the area of community service.

Ciara Moezidis*

Political Science, Communication // Arabic, Islamic & Mid Eastern Studies minor


Richard J. Riordan Award

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.

Katherine Kuwada*

Psychology, Child Studies


Student Life Award

To recognize their contributions to the overall quality of life in the University community.

Cassidy Basham

Mathematics, Philosophy

Olivia Figueira

Computer Science & Engineering // Mathematics minor

Nina Molanphy

Public Health Science // Spanish, Political Science minors


The Gracelyn Rillorta Bateman Award for Inclusive Excellence

Awarded to a student(s) or student organization that has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing an inclusive environment at SCU.

Camila Khorrami*

Ethnic Studies, Biology

Daniel Mendoza

Electrical Engineering // Sustainability minor


Neider Family Alumni Service Award

Provides financial support to seniors who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project.

Abby Fafinski

Psychology, Communication // Religious Studies minor

Martimeano Villa

English, Political Science // Professional Writing minor


*Participated in the College’s REAL Program exploring leadership development and career exploration during their time at Santa Clara University.

College of Arts and Sciences Department Awards

College of Arts and Sciences Awards


Hoefer Undergraduate Writing Prize

The Hoefer Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing recognizes outstanding undergraduate writing achievement in two categories: Student Research Paper and Student-Faculty Member Co-Authored Paper or Research Project.

Student Research Paper

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Chloe Gentile-Montgomery

Majors: Ethnic Studies and Environmental Science

Student-Faculty Co-authored Paper

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Riley Scherr

Majors: Anthropology and Biology

Orella Prize

Established in 1915 by Dr. and Mrs. Fermín R. Orella B.S. 1889, this prize is awarded to the senior science student who attains the highest average in scientific subjects during the junior and senior years.

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Cozmo Smith

Major: Mathematics

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Tate Calem

Major: Mathematics

Gerald and Sally DeNardo Senior Prize

Established in 2007 to complement the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship, this prize is given by the Dean to recognize outstanding science research accomplishment by a graduating senior(s) who reflects the distinctive characteristics of a Jesuit education and is pursuing a career in the health sciences.

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Christian Jimenez

Major: Biochemistry


Faculty Mentor: Amelia Fuller, Chemistry & Biochemistry

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Natalie Rovero

Majors: Neuroscience and Psychology


Faculty Mentor: Lindsay Halladay, Psychology/Neuroscience

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Riley Scherr

Majors: Anthropology and Biology


Faculty Mentors: Michelle Bezanson, Robin Nelson, Anthropology

Next Steps

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Liam Abbate

Environmental Studies, French, Political Science

I will be participating in TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) for seven months starting in October 2021, teaching English in a secondary school (middle/high school) in the French region of Auvergne.

Liam Abbate

Environmental Studies, French, Political Science

Meghan Adams

Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies

After graduation, I will be entering the teaching profession as a 2021 Teach for America Bay Area Corps Member! I have been placed in the San Jose/South Bay region where I will be teaching Special Education (K-12). Through Teach for America, I will be getting my Masters in Special Education from National University.

Meghan Adams

Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies

Lexi Addison

Environmental Studies

I will be attending Duke's Master of Coastal Environmental Management Program in Fall of 2021 to pursue my interest in ocean conservation and marine policy.

Lexi Addison

Environmental Studies

Gabriella Ballardo

Italian Studies, Environmental Studies

I am excited to be attending Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment next fall to obtain a Master of Environmental Management.

Gabriella Ballardo

Italian Studies, Environmental Studies

Lauren Cherrey

Economics, Public Health Science

I will be attending London School of Economics and Political Science and studying a Master's of Science in International Health Policy/Health Economics.

Lauren Cherrey

Economics, Public Health Science

Elena Linardi

Communication

After graduation, I will be moving to London to study Plant Based Culinary Arts at Le Cordon Bleu!!

Elena Linardi

Communication

Ciara Moezidis

Communication, Political Science

I will be pursuing a Master of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics, and Politics as a Dean's Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.

Ciara Moezidis

Communication, Political Science

Blanca Moncada

Ethnic Studies, Psychology

I will be attending the University of San Francisco for the Master in Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Blanca Moncada

Ethnic Studies, Psychology

Ryan Nazari

English, Philosophy

I will be a Fulbrighter in Armenia as an English Teaching Assistant!

Ryan Nazari

English, Philosophy

Karyn Nguyen

Economics

I'll be joining Cisco's Leaders in Finance and Technology (LIFT) program as a full-time financial analyst after graduation.

Karyn Nguyen

Economics

Christian Phillips

Economics

In the fall of 2021, I will be starting my Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Washington!

Christian Phillips

Economics

Alex Quan

Neuroscience

This fall, I'll be in Boston pursuing my Master in Bioethics at Harvard! I'm incredibly excited to unite my interests in science, humanities, and medicine through the program while applying to medical schools this year.

Alex Quan

Neuroscience

Dhanush Shetty

Computer Science, Psychology

After graduation, I’ll be interning at my dream job as a Product Manager at Walmart's strategy team. In the fall, I will also be starting the MSc in Engineering Management at SCU to further my product management career.

Dhanush Shetty

Computer Science, Psychology

Artistic Accomplishments

Senior Recitals

Class Stories

A Passion for Public Health, Economics, and Helping Others

Senior Lauren Cherrey seeks out connections between her Public Health and Economics majors and has used them to drive her work abroad and on campus.

Four Broncos Win Fulbrights

Four College of Arts and Sciences students have earned prestigious scholarships to study or teach in Armenia, India, Germany, and Taiwan.

Little Lightbulbs Along the Way

ASG Vice President Ann Codiga ’21 said she felt “like an ant” at her first college. Transferring to Santa Clara changed that, and prepared her for law school.

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Anjali Rangaswami ’21 noticed some gaps in research on sexual harassment in higher education. So she won a Fulbright to do it herself.