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Ethics Center Announces Annual Award Recipients

Ethics Center Announces Annual Award Recipients

On June 9th, The Ethics Center celebrated another outstanding class of graduating seniors this academic year, including members of the Business Ethics Internship, Environmental Ethics Fellowship, Hackworth Fellowship, Health Care Ethics Internship, Ethics Bowl team, and the talented group of interns supporting the Center’s marketing and communications efforts.


2021 Markkula Prize: Alexandra George

As it does each year, the Center presented one outstanding senior with the Markkula Award. This year’s recipient is 2020-21 Hackworth Fellow Alexandra George, a double major in philosophy and political science. Her Hackworth project focused on the policy of compassionate release for prisoners with extraordinary or compelling circumstances, such as severe medical or family challenges. In her project proposal, Alexandra noted, “Clearly, something has to change, and policy makers have recently taken some steps in the right direction. For instance, the First Step Act introduced a provision that expedites the review process. Nevertheless, there is still more we can do to improve our policies about compassionate release, especially if we allow ethics to guide us.”

Alexandra is a member of Phi Beta Kappa; a recipient of the Fallon Award, awarded to Junior students who have demonstrated achievement in studying philosophy; and a member of the University Honors Program.

Other students participating in Ethics Center programs also received distinction from Santa Clara University, including:



Abby Fafinski – 2020–21 Hackworth Fellow received the 2021 Neider Family Alumni Service Award, which provides financial support to a graduate who is leaving SCU and going directly into a service program or project.





Sahale Greenwood: 2020 – 21 Marketing and Communications Intern received the Justin T. McCarthy Oratory Award for Excellence in Journalism 2021 from the College of Arts and Sciences.





Alex Quan: 2020 – 21 Honzel Fellow and the recipient of the 2021 Nobili Medal, which is awarded to the male graduate judged outstanding in academic performance, personal character, school activities and his constructive contribution to the University.




Congratulations to all of our outstanding graduating seniors!

Jun 21, 2021


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