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Many of the students who are involved with the Ignatian Center are just as dedicated and active in other Santa Clara University programs. It's no surprise then that many of our students were recognized for school-wide awards upon graduating and we couldn't be more proud! Here are just a few of the Ignatian Center Superstars who received special recognition from the University. Congratulations Class of 2019!
Go Forth and Set the World on Fire!


Areli Hernandez

Arelí Hernández
Fulbright Scholar

Congratulations to Ignatian Center Superstar and triple-major Arelí Hernández for being awarded her SECOND Fulbright Scholarship! This former Immersion Coordinator and Community Development Fellow will be an English teaching assistant at Universidad de Boyacá in Tunja, Colombia. She will also work on a community-based project, possibly focused on reintegrating migrants returning home, or working with youth and dance.


Cooper Scherr
Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, SJ Award

Congratulations to Cooper Scherr, 2017 Jean Donovan Fellow. Cooper was awarded the 2019 Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. 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. What an example of the Jesuit education he received at Santa Clara University!


Evan Chen

Evan Chen
Nobili Medal

Congratulations are in order for Evan Chen, Immersion Participant and Immersion Coordinator. Evan was awarded the Nobili Medal for his outstanding academic performance, personal character, school activities, and constructive contribution to the University. His sense of maturity, empathy, and responsibility and his generosity of spirit will be deeply missed!


Isabella Rios
Richard J. Riordan Award

Congratulations to Superstar student Isabella Rios, Immersion Participant and Immersion Coordinator. Isabella received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the area of community service. Her desire to inspire action and create justice will serve our communities well in years to come. We will miss her!


Madison Hokans-Scurilla

Madison Hokans-Scurilla
Richard J. Riordan Award

Congratulations to Madison Hokans-Scurilla, 2017 Jean Donovan Fellow. Madison received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the area of community service. We will miss her curiosity, reflective spirit, and generous heart. 

 

Ricky Matthews
Richard J. Riordan Award
Neider Family Alumni Service Award

Congratulations to Ricky Matthews, 5-time Immersion participant, 2-time Immersion Coordinator, and 2018 Jean Donovan Fellow. Ricky received the Richard J. Riordan Award in recognition of his outstanding community service contributions, as well as the Neider Family Alumni Service Award that provides financial support to graduates who are going directly into a service program or project. Ricky - you will be missed!


Sammi Bennett

Sammi Bennett
Fulbright Finalist

Congratulations to 2018-19 Community Development Fellow, Sammi Bennett on being named a Fulbright Finalist. This Ignatian Center Superstar will be working with an organization called Pollinate Group—which provides micro financing to Indian women to sell solar lanterns and other clean-energy products to impoverished residents—as well as the Centre for Women Studies at Bangalore University. Way to go, Sammi!


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