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Class of 2021 Student Awards

College, School, and Department Awards


University Awards

The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Award is given by the President of the University to a graduating senior who exemplify the ideals of Jesuit education, especially being “a whole persons of solidarity in the real world” and having the courage and faith to build a more just and humane world.

2021 Kolvenback Award (Moezidis)

Ciara has made valuable contributions to the campus and has personally aligned her involvement with the Jesuit values of SCU. She has led to ensure student voices from all walks of life were not just being heard but uplifted. She has advocated on behalf of her peers and has led as the President of the Associated Student Government (ASG) during a most unusual and challenging year. 

Prior to being President, Ciara served ASG as a class senator, a Community Facilitator, Co-founder of IGNITESCU, served as a Political Science Peer Advisor and deconstructed stereotypes and stigmas through the #BroncoPosi initiative. After graduation, Ciara will be attending Harvard Divinity School to pursue a M.T.S. in Religion, Ethics, and Politics as a Dean's Fellow.

 

 

The Saint Clare Medal is awarded to the female graduate who is judged outstanding in personal character, school activities, and overall contribution to the University.

2021 Saint Clare Medal Award (Jackson)

Briahna is an Ethnic Studies and Psychology double major and has been actively involved in Residence Life as an Assistant Resident Director (ARD) and a Community Facilitator (CF). Briahna also served as a Career Center Peer Career and a Peer Educator providing academic support in Sociology. Briahna was an Embrace Facilitator with the Office of Multicultural Learning and a three year member of SCU’s Together for Ladies of Color. After graduation Briahna will begin graduate school in the Wright Institute's Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program.

 

The Nobili Medal is awarded to the male graduate who is judged outstanding in personal character, school activities, and overall contribution to the University.

2021 Nobili Medal (Quan)

Alex is a neuroscience major and philosophy, biology, and art history triple minor. He is a member of the Honors Program and a Johnson Scholar. Outside of the classroom, Alex has served on the SCU Emergency Medical Services (EMS) squad as a shift leader and the Quality Assurance Officer updating protocols to reflect specific needs related to the COVID pandemic. Alex served as the 2020-21 Honzel Fellow in healthcare ethics, participated in a Global Medical Brigade trip to Panama, and was a three-time Co-Director of the Chinese Student Association Culture Show. After graduation, Alex will begin graduate school in the Master of Bioethics Program at Harvard.

 

 

Valedictorian

Established by the University in 1980, this honor is conferred annually on a graduating senior selected for outstanding academic achievement and University service as determined by the president in consultation with the faculty of the University and the provost.

2021 Valedictorian (Howard)

Haley is from San Ramon, CA and is graduating with a double major in Political Science and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Religious Studies.  A member of the University Honors Program, Haley has distinguished herself by maintaining a 3.94 grade point average while being actively involved in the campus community.  In her junior year, Haley attended the University of Oxford where she studied equity and power after being awarded the Mansfield Visiting Student Scholarship. Following graduation, Haley will continue working as a research assistant while applying to graduate programs.

 

The Richard J. Riordan Award recognizes outstanding contributions of graduating seniors in the area of community service.

2021 Riordan Awardees (Kuwada and Broyles)

Sam is an Honors student majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He is a member of Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honors Society and served on their board for one year as the master of ceremonies. Sam was also a member of SCU Engineers Without Borders for the past three years and served as a co-leader of the engineering ministry for the past two years. He supervised and worked on the final design and construction of a solar powered cart that was implemented in the community in Nyange, [Nye-Ange] Rwanda. Outside of his involvement with the School of Engineering, Sam has been a member of SCU's A Cappella group, the choir and the Chamber singers.

Kat is a double major in Psychology and Child Studies. She was the President of the SCU Vinnies Service Club where she created service opportunities with the San Jose homeless community. Through the Ignatian Center, Kat served as a Project Manager for Herbert Hoover Middle School where she developed and implemented a Racial Justice Program for classes of 6th and 7th grade students.  After graduation, Kat will begin graduate school at Stanford.

 

The Student Life Awards are awarded to seniors who have contributed to the overall quality of life in the University community.

2021 Student Life Awardees (Basham, Molanphy, and Figueria)

Cassidy was an Associated Student Government Senator for LGBTQ+ Inclusion, chaired the LGBTQ+ Task Force, served as a Student Inclusion Educator for the Rainbow Resource Center, and was President of Queer & Qualified. In addition she was an Orientation Leader, the President of Women in STEM, Vice President of Mock Trial and a math tutor. During this past year, Cassidy also served as a student representative on the COVID Resilience & Recovery committee and spearheaded the GetConnected website and calendar. After graduation Cassidy will begin a Legal Apprenticeship.

Olivia was President of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, served as the Lead Peer Advisor in the School of Engineering, was Co-President for the Association for Computing Machinery Women’s Chapter (ACM-W) and created the Engineering Student Organization Buddies Program, which facilitates connections between student organization officers and new students and also planned events within the School of Engineering for prospective students. After graduation Olivia will attend UC Irvine in the Commuter Science PhD program.

Nina has served as Orientation Leader and Senior Orientation Leader, as President of the Peer Health Educator Program within the Wellness Center, and led the first ever Greek Mental Health Summit. She was an ASG Senator at Large for Health and Wellness and was a student representative on the JED Committee and the Alcohol and Other Drugs Strategy Committee. This summer Nina will be interning with the University of California, Office of the President helping with their Medical Education Programs.

 

The Gracelyn Bateman Award for Inclusive Excellence recognizes students for providing leadership and programming that enhance excellence through diversity and inclusion in the University community.

2021 Bateman Awardees (Khorrami, Lopez, Mendoza)

During her time at SCU, Camila has dedicated herself to improving the lives of students through her involvement with the Latinx Student Union (LSU).   She feels that her greatest contribution has been mentoring and supporting her fellow board members and helping them to develop  their own leadership skills.  In addition to serving as co-chair of LSU for two consecutive terms, Camila was the Vice Chair of the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council, and served the Multicultural Center as Community Outreach Director.  Post graduation, Camila plans to take two years off, hopefully working in clinical research and volunteering in community clinics as a Spanish interpreter, before enrolling in medical school.

As a Marketing major who is currently pursuing an MBA in the evening MBA program at SCU, Liyah helped establish and support a number of social justice initiatives.  She was part of a small group of students who helped to increase the recognition of the Muwekma Ohlone people on whose land SCU resides. She wrote a research paper about the ethics of restricting employment opportunities for those who do not have residential or citizenship status and will be presenting this research at the Philosophy of Management Conference at Oxford University in the summer of 2022.  As a member of the women’s softball team, Liyah has assisted the Athletics department in their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion by establishing an Anti-racism Book Club and serving as a leader for SCU Athletics Diversity, a group dedicated to building a better community for BIPOC student athletes.

Daniel has served in a variety of leadership positions including Co-Outreach Coordinator and treasurer of the Latinx Student Union (LSU), Treasurer and Co-President of the SCU chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.  Daniel has also interned in the Environmental Justice and the Common Good Initiative for the past two years.  Regardless of the leadership role, Daniel strives to bring awareness of resources and support to his fellow students.  Post-graduation, Daniel will be pursuing a Masters of Electrical Engineering at SCU.

 

THE MARKKULA PRIZE

Established in 1997 by the Advisory Board of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics in honor of A.C. "Mike" Markkula Jr.'s leadership as chairman of the board, this award is given annually to a student or students in recognition of outstanding work in applied ethics.

Alexandra George


 

NEIDER FAMILY ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

The Neider Family Alumni Service Award provides financial support to two seniors who are leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project.  

2021 Neider Family Awardees Villa and Kafinski()

Abigail Grace Fafinski
Martimeano Villa


 

College of Arts and Sciences  

THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY AWARD IN INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Christopher Seunghyun Tak

THE AMERICAN CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION NATIONAL CHORAL STUDENT AWARD 
Hayden Gibb

THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF CHEMISTS FOUNDATION AWARD 
Chandler Kanoa Dobson

THE ART HISTORY RESEARCH PAPER PRIZE 
Alexander Jacob Quan

THE ART HISTORY SYMPOSIUM PRIZE
Lily Antionette Schumacher

THE ROBERT P. BALLES SCU MATHEMATICS SCHOLARS AWARD 
Cozmo Smith

THE DAVID BLOCKUS AWARD
Robert M. Stallman

THE RAMÓN CHACÓN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Chloe Rose Gentile-Montgomery
Erin Leigh Malcolm
Blanca Rosa Moncada

THE CHILD ADVOCACY AWARD
Anna Sophie Penrose

THE CHILD STUDIES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Gabrielle Benson

THE COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT PRIZE
Ciara Shereen Moezidis

THE AMOS DANA AWARD FOR DISTINCTION IN PUBLIC SERVICE
Ciara Shereen Moezidis

THE PROFESSOR JOSEPH F. DECK AWARD
Nour Fezzani
Alia Jinan Rubaie

THE GERALD AND SALLY DENARDO SENIOR PRIZE IN SCIENCE RESEARCH
Christian J. Jimenez
Natalie Gabriela Rovero
Riley Stewart Scher

THE ARRIGO AND CATERINA DESCALZI PRIZE
Michael Noonan

THE DISTINGUISHED MILITARY GRADUATE AWARD
Julianna Lee Bernado
Christopher Tian

THE JOHN B. DRAHMANN PRIZE IN PHYSICS
Pratul Saini

THE GEORGE W. EVANS MEMORIAL PRIZE FOR MATHEMATICAL WRITING AND RESEARCH
Alissa B. Laferriere

THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AWARD
Lilah Ashlyn Foster
Kayleigh Marie Limbach

THE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES RESEARCH AWARD
Meghan Ashley Adams
Alexander Christian Varni

THE GEOFF AND JOSIE FOX GERMAN STUDIES AWARD
Anne-Claire Tandé

THE FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES PRIZE
Catherine  Golinvaux

THE CELESTE FRITCHLE AWARD
Kenneth John Gabel

THE GIACOMINI PRIZE
Brandon Michael Schultz

THE JOHN GILBERT AND STEPHEN MARTIN AWARD IN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 
Michelle Tho Nguyen

THE MARY GORDON PRIZE
Tegan Smith

THE JOSEPH A. GRASSI SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Georgina Chávez
Abigail Grace Fafinski
Haley Reneé Howard
Tegan Smith

THE PAUL R. HALMOS PRIZE 
Shaunak Mashalkar

THE ANNA HALPRIN DANCE AWARD
Abigail Jo Nairn 

THE HANDLERY PRIZE
Lacey Rae Yahnke

THE CHARLES AND BARBARA HAZEL OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ECONOMICS AWARD
Christian Peter Phillips

THE LUCKY HINKLE SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Julia Jenak 

THE PANCRAZIO AND GIULIA INFANTINO ITALIAN AWARD
Gabriella Adelina Ballardo

THE WITOLD KRASSOWSKI SOCIOLOGY AWARD
Jessica Nicole Britt

THE WALTER J. KROPP PRIZE
Abigail Jo Nairn

THE CHARLES LAMPKIN AWARD FOR PERFORMANCE
Isaac Nana-Agymen Addai

THE WILLIAM H. LEAHY PRIZE
Lucinda Gilbert

THE CHRISTIAAN THEODOOR LIEVESTRO PRIZE
Nathan Thomas Barnes

THE AUDRE LORDE SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD
Sean Clare Scanlon
Mallika Nithya Yeleswarapu

THE THEODORE MACKIN SENIOR THESIS AWARD
Kelby Joseph Uebelhor

THE GEORGE C. MARSHALL ROTC AWARD
Julianna Lee Bernado

THE MCCANN SHORT STORY PRIZE
Eric Bressinger

THE JUSTIN T. MCCARTHY AWARD
Ann Marilyn Codiga
Kyle Anthony de la Fuente
Sahale Greenwood

THE MCPHEE PRIZE
Brandon Michael Schultz

THE MATT MEIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN STUDENT RESEARCH
Kimberly Fernandez Pedraza

THE ORELLA PRIZE
Tate Graham Calem
Cozmo Smith

THE OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ANTHROPOLOGY AWARD
Riley Stewart Scherr

THE PRE-TEACHING AWARD
Katherine Naomi Kuwada

THE PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE SENIOR PRIZE IN COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Grace Lin-Cereghino

THE PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE SENIOR SCHOLAR AWARD
Hannah Jo Rubens 

THE RICHARD F. REBELLO PHI SIGMA IOTA AWARD
Madeleine Erin Doyle
Grace Lin-Cereghino
Claire Ann Thoms

THE RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR PRIZE
Olivia Rose Hill
Alina Low Yun Pincombe

THE MICHAEL SHALLO PRIZE
Alexandra George

THE SOCIOLOGY ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD
Jessica Nicole Britt
Elena Gajewski-Nemes
Maria Ardeth Gregg
Alexa Williams

THE SOCIOLOGY ALUMNI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH
Elvena Gevargiz
Anjali Chloe Rangaswami

THE SOURISSEAU PRIZE
Tanvi Antoo

THE GERALD P. SULLIVAN, S.J., AWARD 
Berkeley Corbin Hoerr

THE SUPERIOR CADET AWARD
Antonio Miguel Jaranilla Lorenzo

THE ELEANOR WILLEMSEN COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Georgina Chávez
Margaret F. Richter

THE KATHERINE WOODALL PRIZE IN LITERARY CRITICISM
Felicia Jarrin
Jessica Joudy

THE TENNANT C. WRIGHT, S.J. OUTSTANDING RELIGIOUS STUDIES MINOR AWARD
Kristen Rose Lee
Mary Olivia Maas
Laurén Schiek

THE WILHELM WUNDT AWARD
Sofia Michelle Sandoval Larco
Natalie Gabriela Rovero


Leavey School of Business  

THE PROFESSOR O. ROBERT ANDERSON OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ACCOUNTING AWARD
Kristen Rose Lee

THE PROFESSOR O. ROBERT ANDERSON OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ACCOUNTING AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS AWARD AWARD
Alana Rainosek

THE ALBERT F. BRUNO OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN MARKETING AWARD
Anna Lisa Rosztoczy

THE DELTA SIGMA PI SCHOLARSHIP KEY 
Adelyn Uyen-Vi Bui
Brooke Elizabeth VanSant

THE CHARLES AND BARBARA HAZEL OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN ECONOMICS AWARD
Brooke Elizabeth VanSant

THE ISABEL JONES ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PRIZE
Adelyn Uyen-Vi Bui
Brooke Elizabeth VanSant

THE LEAVEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AWARD
Quincey Evelyn Borggard
Conner Whitton

THE LEAVEY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS SERVICE AWARD
Adán González
Brendan Peter Jones
Kristen Rose Lee

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND ANALYTICS AWARD
Kyle Schryver

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
Sameehah Aamirah Hussain

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN FINANCE AWARD
Tess Sestito

THE OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN MANAGEMENT AWARD
Katarina Draskovic


School of Engineering  

THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
Austin James Colon
Martin Albert London

THE AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE ENGINEERING
Emma Jean Barrett-Catton

THE BIOENGINEERING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 
Derrick Wang

THE BIOENGINEERING AWARD FOR RESEARCH EXCELLENCE 
Murial Leigh Ross
Jiayi Zhang

THE BIOENGINEERING EXCELLENT SERVICE AND OUTREACH AWARD 
Emma Madison McCurry
Sarah Desautel

THE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING AWARD FOR TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE
Donovan Stetson Allen
Cameron Lee Burdsall
Angeline Chen
Margaret Dong
Tamir Enkhjargal
Omar Alfonso Garcia
Zachary William Graber
Jackson Nicholas Guillet
William Henrion
Sean Patrick Kelker
Jay Ladhad
Aditya Mohan
Kyle Jerome Moore
Colin James Rioux
Mark Anthony  Rizko
Cole Steere
Christopher Tian
Jonathan Truneh Yezalaleul

THE BRIAN DROCCO AWARD
Daniel T. Mendoza
Benjamin Harrison Mahony

THE RAYMOND M. GALANTINE AWARD
Holden W. Gordon

THE FRUGAL INNOVATION HUB HUMANITARIAN SENIOR PROJECT AWARD
Nicholas D. Buccino
Joseph Christopher Van Weber
Kyle C. Uyehara

THE OUTSTANDING BIOENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Emma Jean Barrett-Catton
Jiayi Zhang

THE OUTSTANDING CIVIL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Marieli Alejandra Rubio

THE OUTSTANDING COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Angeline Chen
Olivia Barbosa Figueira

THE OUTSTANDING ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Kristi Tuong-Anh Nguyen

THE OUTSTANDING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SENIOR AWARD
Conner Lee Pearson

THE JAMES W. REITES, S.J., AWARD
Olivia Barbosa Figueira
Robert Scott Vincent Percell

THE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING HUMANITIES AWARD
Nicholas Daniel Sosa Ellis
Brian Nathaniel Woo-Shem

THE SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY ENGINEERING ETHICS PRIZE
Travis H. Kay
Derrick Dang Nguyen
Lashan Bhagya Wijayawickrama

 

 

Congratulations to all our graduates! We’re proud of your outstanding achievements in your academic work and service to the community.