COVID-19 Updates

Our guidelines have been updated for this coming fall.

Departmental Student Academic Awards and Recognition

Each year, Elmhurst University’s academic departments recognize students for their outstanding achievements. Here are the honorees for the 2021–2022 academic year.

The Latham Baskerville Award for Excellence

Established in honor of the Art Department’s first chairperson, Latham Baskerville, the award is a $200 cash honorarium to a graduating art major for excellence and distinction in the academic, social, and cultural life of the University.

  • LeMeah Brownlee

Award for Academic Achievement by a Graduating Senior Art Major

This award is made to a full-time senior major who achieves the highest Elmhurst University GPA with a combined GPA of 3.50 or higher.

  • Aleksandra Zdun

Kolb Talent Award to a Sophomore Art Major

This award is made on the basis of a consistent artistic talent demonstrated in studio coursework.

  • Victoria Korus

Kolb Award to a Junior Art Major

This award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio coursework and academic excellence.

  • Lizeth Luqueno

Kolb Talent Award to a Graduating Senior

This award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio coursework and academic excellence.

  • Princess Gonzalez Esparza
  • Grace Wiltgen
  • Aleksandra Zdun

Art Alumni Talent Award to a Junior Art Major

This award was created from the proceeds of Alumni Art Auctions held during Homecoming Weekends in 1989 and in 1993. The award is a grant for Art materials and supplies that are applied in the senior year. The award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio course work.

  • Rachel Fratt

Sandra Jorgenson Award for Academic Achievement by a Junior Art Major

The award is made to the full-time junior art major who achieves the highest Elmhurst University Grade Point Average with a combined G.P.A. 3.50 or higher. Combined GPA means all grades are counted including transfer credit from other institutions. The award carries with it a prize of a grant in the amount of $100.

  • Kaitlyn Kubica

Weber Talent Award to a Freshman or Sophomore Art Major

The award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio coursework. Initiated May 2000 by John Pitman Weber with funds from “The Harmony of Man and Nature” mural restoration project. It is presently continued by Elmhurst University.

  • Maribel Cruz

The Harvey DeBruine Award in Biology

Family and friends of the late Dr. Harvey DeBruine, former head of the University’s Department of Biology, established a fund, the income from which is awarded annually to a junior or senior major in the department who is judged to have attained the greatest proficiency in biology.

  • Yuliya Zanevych
  • Marina Orrico
  • Norbaya Durr
  • Edith Mercado
  • Becca Minutillo

Senior Academic Excellence Awards in Biology

  • Carla Santacruz
  • Noelle Bank

Junior Academic Excellence Awards

  • Nina Pasquini
  • Julia Zickus

Sophomore Academic Awards

  • Matthew Ossman
  • Afrah Ahmed
  • Ambrozia Itellari
  • Maimoona Mahek
  • Saaniyah Sajed

Freshman Academic Awards

  • Behraam Khattak
  • Rida Ahmed 

The Follstad Scholarship in Biology

Established by Harold C. Follstad in 1989 in memory of his son, Carl, Class of 1969, this award is available to full-time juniors and seniors majoring in biology.

  • Lindzie Nork
  • Leticia Flores-Najera
  • Makayla Clark
  • Lukas Rakauskas

Dr. William J. Mandy Scholarship

Established in 2000 by Rosalie Mandy ’61, in honor of her late husband. Candidates for this scholarship must be biology majors who will be identified by members of the biology faculty and must be entering their junior or senior year.

  • Jadyn Ginther

Jim Berry Chair’s Award

Presented to students who show the greatest improvement as biology students at Elmhurst University and the greatest potential for success in a career in biology.

  • Norbaya Durr
  • Edith Mercado 

Elizabeth Ellen Thompson Koppenaal Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes a senior, female premedical student. The award is based on demonstrated academic excellence, strong character and values, and a desire to become a health care professional.

  • Huda Hussaini

Outstanding Senior in the Department of Business and Economics

Recognizes academic accomplishment, service to the University, service to the community and co-curricular activity.

  • Daniel Jones
Outstanding Senior Nominees
  • Luz America Trinidad-Rivera
  • Sadiya Khan
  • Tanner King
  • Randall Basilio
  • Anastasia Penczek

The 2022 Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award

Provided by the Education Service Bureau of The Dow Jones & Company, Inc. of Princeton, NJ.

  • Luz America Trinidad-Rivera

Outstanding Student in Accounting

  • Randall Basilio

Outstanding Student in Business Administration

  • Not awarded in 2022.

Outstanding Student in Finance

  • Daniel Jones

Outstanding Student in International Business

  • Not awarded in 2022

Outstanding Student in Logistics and Supply Management

  • Noah Jordan

Outstanding Student in Management

  • Regine Basilio

Outstanding Student in Marketing

  • Matthew Zoppa

Outstanding Economics Major of the Year Award

This award is given to a senior economics major who is distinguished by exceptional academic achievement in the field of economics.

  • Luke Cecala

The George A. Thoma Light of Knowledge Scholarship

  • Adam Bojovic

The Margaret and Milton F. Darr Jr. Endowed Scholarship in Economics

  • Jacqueline Hurst

The Patricia Denman Scholarship

  • Prithivirajan Govindarajan

The Raymond H. and Marie W. Giesecke/McGraw Foundation Endowed Scholarship in Accounting and/or Finance

  • Karam Hasan

The Jean Sander Scholarship

  • Daniela Montealegre Polania

D.K. Hardin Market Research Scholarship Recipients

  • Lauren Ashley Kuehn

Supply Chain Scholarship

  • Nadeem Alqerem

The Lloyd J. Palmer/Nalco Chemical Company Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry

This award honors Lloyd J. Palmer, retired executive vice president of Nalco Chemical Company and former chairperson of the University’s Board of Trustees. The scholarship, created in 1993 to assist full-time chemistry majors with financial need, also recognizes the long history of affiliation between Nalco and the University.

Level A
  • Elizabeth Rozycki
Level B
  • Christopher Ortiz
  • Jennifer Solis
  • Izabela Zawitkowska
  • Jennelyn Jueco

The David and Judy Bertran Endowed Scholarship for Chemistry

This award, gifted by Board of Trustee member David Bertran and his wife, Judy, assists a junior or senior chemistry or biochemistry major with financial need who has demonstrated a strong academic record.

  • Richard Botzoc

Rudolf J. Priepke Award for Scholastic Achievement in Chemistry

  • Amanda Lams
  • Chris Nieto

Analytical Chemistry Award

  • Julia Zickus

Sophomore Organic Chemistry Award

  • Kaitlin Krivak
  • Edmund Conroy

CRC Award in Freshman Chemistry

  • Marvin Tchangwa

ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award

  • Richard Botzoc

ACS Physical Chemistry Book Award

  • Amanda Lams

Biochemistry Book Award

  • Nhi Tran

The John and Barbara Ganchoff Scholarship

This award was established by John Ganchoff, retired professor of chemistry, and honors his wife, Barbara. The scholarship was created to assist students who are pursuing a degree in chemistry, who plan to have a career related to the medical field or attend graduate school.

Level A
  • Martha Denise Lupian Lucatero
Level B
  • Victor Alvarez
  • Hubert Kicinski
Level C
  • Melissa Ortega

Donald R. Low Award in Communication

Presented to a senior communication student who has an outstanding academic record and demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills, this award is named in honor of Dr. Don Low for his 29 years of service to the Speech Communication department as an outstanding professor, respected chair, and trusted mentor.

  • Alexis Calascibetta
  • Harry Meredith
  • Diamond Stenhouse

Deatra Sullivan-Morgan Award in Communication

Presented to a senior communication student who exemplifies the Elmhurst spirit by demonstrating high idealism and a desire to succeed. This award is named in honor of Dr. Deatra Sullivan-Morgan for her 20 years of service to the Communication department as a beloved professor and colleague.

  • Alyssa De Jesus
  • Aleksandra Graf
  • Louis Handke-Roth
  • Kween Jean

The Leader Newspaper Awards

The Illinois College Press Association 2022
Awards for Excellence in Illinois College Newspapers

2021-2022: The contest was a little different this year; there was not a traditional General Excellence category, but instead a tallying of “points” earned by each staff in the individual categories.

Critical Review (Other Than Film)

Honorable Mention – Keithleen Mendoza (open category)

Front Page Layout

Third Place – Jasmine Lillis


First Place; Honorable Mention: Leader Editorial Board

  • Jared Boekenhauer
  • Olivia Janicke
  • Gianna Montesano
  • Ryan Windle
Opinion Page Layout

First Place – Jasmine Lillis


Third Place – Vanessa Sevilla
Honorable Mention – Ryan Windle

Feature Story

First Place – Afaaf Amatullah
Honorable Mention – Afaaf Amatullah

News Story

Honorable Mention – Gianna Montesano

Sports Page Design

First Place – Niklas Faulk and Julia Zawitkowska

Headline Writing

Second Place – Gianna Montesano
Third Place – Afaaf Amatullah

Outstanding Graduating Senior in CSD

  • Emily Monbarren
  • Michelle Diaz

Outstanding Academician in CSD

  • Olivia Morrison

Outstanding Researcher in CSD

  • Lauryn Wesoloski

Albert H. and Iona D. Glos Scholarship in Speech

This scholarship provides assistance for students majoring in speech-language pathology.

  • Korynn Elise Armendarez
  • Jasmine Castaneda
  • Kelsey Nichole Clark
  • Michelle Diaz
  • Melanie Grupka
  • Habiba Ishtiaq
  • Emily Kay Monbarren
  • Maria Paleologos
  • Julia Pollina
  • Ana Maria Romo

The Jack and Sandy Terrill Scholarship

This award recognizes women majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders who have made outstanding contributions to the campus community.

  • Michelle Diaz

The Sean Beltowski Award

This award recognizes students majoring in Communications Sciences and Disorders who have demonstrated an active interest in working with children with autism.

  • Lindsay Pina Garcia

Rose Weigand Memorial Scholarship

  • Sophia Diane Barrios
  • Katie Anne Law
  • Lauren Lozneanu
  • Olivia Lynn Morrison

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

This award is given annually to an outstanding graduating senior in the CSIS department. Recipients are chosen for their passion for the field and learning, professional qualities, proven leadership and academic accomplishments.

  • Michael Beierwaltes
  • Louis Handke-Roth

Thaskala—Education Recognition Awards

The Thaskala Award is given to one student in each of the majors for scholarship and promise as a teacher.

  • Educating Young Children: Cara Cannella
  • Elementary Education: Ashley Myers
  • Secondary Math Education: Jessica Hilario
  • Special Education: Abby Daniels

Whitener Scholarship

This scholarship was established by John A. and Betty R. Stastny in recognition and memory of the lifelong commitment to excellence in education demonstrated by Raymond L. and Mary F. Whitener. Whitener Scholars will be expected to exemplify, and instill in others, a lifelong desire to learn, the ability to solve problems and thinking clearly and independently, and a sense of obligation to not only sustain and improve oneself but also to contribute to the betterment of the larger society.

  • Gabriela Diaz 
  • Riley Deahl
  • Kamila Obrzut
  • Maisie Steele

Karl H. Carlson Awards for Creative Writing

The Department of English has established, in honor of the late Karl H. Carlson, awards for excellence in short story and poetry writing.

  • First Place: “It’s Mahogany” by Keithleen Mendoza
  • Second Place: “Bring Me Home” by Finley Hopmann
  • Honorable Mentions: “The Luck” by Hope Chamberlin; “The Living Woods” by Viviana Castillo
  • First Place: “names of the nwc adult ward” by Joseph Jimenez-Monaco
  • Second Place: “growing up barely living (a sestina)” by Haley Partyka
  • Honorable Mentions: “When Frances McDormand Wins” by Marissa Wojcieszek; “abuse” by Sarina Okrzesik; “Found Family — A Sestina” by Melissa Reyes

Outstanding Graduating English Major GPA

From a bequest of Pearl L. Robertson, given to the graduating English major with the highest grade-point average in Department of English classes over a four-year period.

  • Michael Seyller

Swords Memorial Award for Literary Study

Given annually in memory of Robert Swords and Barbara Winchester Swords, beloved and stalwart members of the English faculty and wider University community, to the senior English major who demonstrates the strongest aptitude, performance, passion and future promise in literary study.

  • Norbaya Durr
  • Vanessa Payne

Lively Memorial Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Given annually in memory of William Westley Lively, husband of English Department Faculty member, Dr. Janice Tuck Lively, for excellence in creative non-fiction writing.

  • First Place: “Living a Happier Life,” by Marqwuan Jenkins

Outstanding Senior in Geography and GIS

In recognition of superior academic and professional accomplishment by a senior Geography and GIS major.

  • Not awarded in 2021 or 2022

Outstanding Senior History Major of the Year Award

Given to a senior history major who is distinguished by an exceptional GPA in history courses and is the consensus choice of the members of the department. The recipients shall be given a book award.

  • Lillian Armentrout

Outstanding Student Service Award in the Department of Intercultural Studies

Recognizes an outstanding intercultural studies student who has actively participated in promoting social justice through service to the University and to the community. Special consideration is given to the students who plan to enroll in graduate studies and/or to work for a not-for-profit organization after obtaining an undergraduate degree. Eligible students are majoring in intercultural studies and have maintained a 3.5 GPA and have successfully completed at least 64 semester hours of undergraduate study.

  • Savannah Meinen

Outstanding Graduating Senior Award

  • Katrina Bauman

Eileen Hackman Student Achievement Award

The M. Eileen Hackman Student Achievement Award was established by the Department of Kinesiology to honor Eileen for her 28 years of service to the department and to Elmhurst University. The award is given annually to outstanding students for their academic accomplishments and professional qualities displayed in their respective fields of study.

Outstanding Student in Physical Education
  • Emily Finkbeiner
Outstanding Student in Exercise Science
  • Sabia “Sibi” Akhoon
Outstanding Student in Sport Management
  • Malek Mostafa

Mary Hart Zink Awards to Graduating Senior Mathematics Major

Given to one or more outstanding graduating senior mathematics majors, this award is named in honor of Mary Hart Zink, who served in the mathematics department at Elmhurst University 1943–1945, 1948–1949, and 1958–1970. During her last eleven years at Elmhurst, she served as chairperson of the mathematics department.

  • Harethah Alrousan
  • Galbayar Amardavaa
  • Nicholas Horcher
  • Miranda Kim

Mathematical Association of America Award to Junior Mathematics Majors

Given to a junior mathematics major in any concentration, this award honors outstanding academic accomplishment in mathematics.

  • Theresa Alberth
  • Kelly Horcher
  • Alfredo Mojica-Juarez
  • Jordan N Northrup
  • Josephine Vittore
  • Jonathan Zapinski

Frank B. Allen Award to a Junior Mathematics Major

Given to an outstanding junior mathematics major in education, this award is named in honor of Frank B. Allen, who served the mathematics department at Elmhurst University 1968–1979, and as chairperson of the department 1971–1975.

  • Theresa Alberth

The Emmanuel Family Guitar Scholarship

The Emmanuel Family Guitar Endowed Scholarship was created through the generosity of Elmhurst alumnus Fred Gretsch ’71, his wife, Dinah, and the Gretsch Company. The scholarship was established this past fall to honor Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and performer Tommy Emmanuel and the memory of his sister, Virginia, and brother, Phil. These are the first recipients of the Emmanuel Family scholarship.

  • Andrew Wieser
  • Vincent Guido

The Jim Cunningham Memorial Jazz Band Scholarship

Jim Cunningham, Dean of Students Emeritus, passed away on April 6, 2013. With the demise of the American College Jazz Festival in 1976, Jim single-handedly created the Elmhurst University Jazz Festival. He shifted the focus from competition to education, creating an environment where the collegiate musicians could not only perform, but also learn from the pros. The Festival is truly his legacy on this campus. Beyond all of this, Jim was also a superb Dean of Students and a gifted teacher in the Department of Education. To honor his legacy, the Jim Cunningham Jazz Scholarship Fund has been created. This scholarship is to be awarded annually to a deserving student who participates in the Jazz Band.

  • Colin Curatolo
  • Timothy Gorman
  • Nina Hoek

The Sherratt Scholarships in Music

Established in 1981, this scholarship is for full-time music majors, who demonstrate strong musicianship and are active in the music department. A 3.0 GPA is required.

  • Noah Christiansen
  • Sabina Fijor
  • Lola Frost
  • Matthew Garcia
  • Kyle Kotula
  • Aaron Marin
  • Tristan Ramos
  • Christian Sanchez
  • Madelyn Soldan
  • Adrian Trujillo

Caroline R. Baltzer Music Scholarship

Caroline R. Baltzer established this endowed scholarship in 1997 to recognize her family’s long history with the United Church of Christ. The scholarship supports music majors who are full-time students and are active in music department organizations. A 3.0 is required.

  • Joanna Angumei
  • Dylan Catapat
  • Colin Curatolo
  • Juliette Gardiner
  • Emma Germann
  • Charlie Rossi
  • Alfred Sawyer
  • Ashley Silerio
  • Catherine Clare Songco

Mike and Wilma Delaney Scholarship

This scholarship is for full-time music education majors with financial need. A 2.75 GPA is required.

  • Kylin Adap
  • Daniel Cruz
  • Aaron Marin
  • Leonardo Rodriguez
  • Maisie Steele
  • Paulina Walczak

Ross Kellan Music Education Fund

  • Carly Bieda
  • Morgan Bilancia
  • Rebeca Flores
  • Tori Kornatowski
  • Alyssa Ladewski

Sylvia and William Gretsch Endowed Scholarship

Fred Gretsch, a 1971 alumnus, created with an initial gift in 1991 from the foundation, which like this award, is named for his parents. Recipients are music business majors with a strong interest in the music industry. A 2.5 GPA is required.

  • Hannah Ceaser
  • Stephanie Cipolla
  • Cassadie Comiskey
  • Suleika Cortes Amial
  • Fatima Dabbah
  • Zhanner Davis
  • Juliette Gardiner
  • Gizel Issa
  • Erin Keeny
  • Sean Marotta
  • Michan O’Brien
  • Zachary Stephenson
  • Melaney Walker

Harold and Harriet Norlie Jazz Band Scholarship

Through their estates these two long-time neighbors of the University made a gift for the endowed scholarship. The award is restricted to members of the Elmhurst University Jazz Band who are enrolled in a full-time course of studies. A 2.5 GPA is required.

  • John Havrilla
  • Nina Hoek
  • Daisuke Kamiuchi
  • Jonah Schumow

Daniel Bachar Scholarship

  • Kenneth Cook
  • Julia Padilla

David Austin Scholarship

  • Tristan Ramos
  • Matthew Smith

Duke Kramer Scholarship

  • Fatima Dabbah
  • Sean Marotta
  • Zachary Stephenson
  • Melaney Walker

Music Merit Scholarship

  • Kenneth Cook

Orth Scholarship

  • Hannah Ceaser
  • Jeri-Ann Day
  • Amelia McNeil-Maddox

T. Howard Krueger Scholarship

  • Kristopher Kusnierz
  • Matthew Smith

Amy and John Allen Scholarship

  • Carly Bieda
  • Daniel Cruz
  • Tori Kornatowski
  • Benjamin Robins
  • Maisie Steele

Susan Moninger Scholarship

  • Joanna Angumei
  • Evan Caverly
  • Tristan Ramos
  • Matthew Smith
  • Catherine Clare Songco
  • Jason Yost

Pabst-Zibricky Memorial Faculty Award

This award is in honor of two Elmhurst University Department of Nursing faculty who passed away in 2016 and 2019, Dr. Mary Pabst and Dr. Dawn Zibricky. Both professors positively influenced and shaped numerous Elmhurst University nursing students. This award is presented annually to the nursing student who best embodies the hallmark of Drs Pabst and Zibricky’s legacy- exceptional commitment to self-formation and professional preparation.

  • Scott Huston

Linda K. Niedringhaus Clinical Leadership Award

The Clinical Leadership Award is given to recognize two graduate student members of Sigma who have influenced nursing practice through leadership behaviors and development of his/her professional colleagues.

  • Catherine Aslam
  • Shea Corpora

Virginia Wenk Memorial Award

Presented in memory of one of the nursing department’s original faculty members. We honor Virginia’s impact on nursing practice and nursing education by bestowing this annual award. The undergraduate student chosen for this award demonstrates the qualities of leadership, high professional standards, engagement in creative endeavor and commitment to improving the quality of nursing care.

  • Michael Lyskawka 

The Paul and Lois Umbeck Endowed Work/Study Scholarship

This scholarship aids students who are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, interest in health care and potential for human service. Such students will work as part-time health care interns at nearby Advocate Health Systems facilities while enrolled in their University course of study.

  • Gabriella Deleon
  • Kristiana Radakovic
  • Jasmine Rivera
  • Ashley Salinas
  • Michelle Sandoval
  • Melissa Schiro
  • Madeline Stratman
  • Jasmine Walton
  • Gracie Wasmond
  • Courtney Zygadto

The Dr. Ed and Kay Cannon Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Following the joint venture with Advocate Health Care, Elmhurst University nursing students became eligible to receive the earnings from an endowment of the Evangelical Health Foundation originally created to assist students of the Evangelical School of Nursing.

  • Sky Chapp

The Earle Darby Harmon III Endowed Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Earle D. Harmon Jr., Darby’s parents, established this award in 1991 for nursing students planning a career in psychiatric health care.

  • Michael Lyskawka
  • Caitlyn Schenatzki
  • Olivia Tomal

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1983 for the benefit of academically eligible students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing a full-time course of study.

  • Marissa Fico

The DuPage County Health Improvement Association Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 1992, was created from proceeds of the dissolution of the DuPage County Health Improvement Association, an organization created to give individuals access to group rates for Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The fund provides nursing scholarships.

  • Samantha Hillebrand

Jane Metcalf Camp Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Dr. Judy Diekmann, former associate professor of nursing, as a memorial to honor her sister. Recipients must be junior or senior nursing students with preference given to single parents.

  • Steven Chiovari
  • Shivani Patel

Kroehler Family Scholarship

This endowed scholarship fund was established in 1994 by the wife and children of the late Rev. Henry G. Kroehler, Class of 1927. This scholarship is available to full-time students who are academically eligible, demonstrate financial need and are preparing for the ministry, Christian service, nursing or social service.

  • Rebekah Small

Julia P. House Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2000. This scholarship will benefit nursing majors in their junior or senior year.

  • Dennis Arreaza
  • Martyna Balamut

L. Bajgrowicz Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional-age upperclassman nursing student.

  • Morgan Ogunleye

Jan’s Scholarship

  • Kaylee Burke
  • Adriandave Cauilan
  • Melissa Cook
  • Jocelyne Cuevas
  • Beata Drozda
  • Teagan Fitzgerald
  • Sara Gllafce
  • Sophia Kolbash
  • Emily Saucedo
  • Sophia Ulbrich
  • Olivia Zawadzki

Joyce Marilyn Huttman Meyer Scholarship

  • Alondra Cabrales

Dr. Raj Khanna Scholarship

  • Karime Martinez
  • Jennifer Szutowicz

Klein Scholarship

  • Kayley Burke
  • Nicole Jimenez
  • Sebastian Lara
  • Kaitlin Mungia
  • Ariana Ocegueda

Schaible Scholarship

  • Samantha Johnson
  • Ilvie Karafili
  • Rebeka Krochmal
  • Alejandro Lopez

Sprandel Scholarship

  • Samantha Moreno
  • Juana Moreno

Diane Tyrrell Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a full-time nursing student.

  • Madeline McKenna

Elsevier Student Achievement Award

Presented to the student who best embodies the hallmark of the Elmhurst experience—exceptional commitment to self-formation and professional preparation.

  • Not awarded in 2022

Robert J. Clark Scholarship in Philosophy

This is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate(s) major in philosophy. Scholarship recipients are measured by their performance in the major courses in philosophy, the likelihood of being a solid candidate for graduate education in philosophy, and their passion for and service to the field.

  • Lillian Armentrout
  • Robert Henry

28th Annual Earl C. Swallow Chairperson’s Book Award in Physics

This award is given to junior or senior physics majors who show outstanding promise and achievement.

  • Diego Juarez
  • loannis Mastoras

Outstanding Political Science Major of the Year

  • Hannah Bacon
  • Juan Sandoval

The David S. Lindberg Mock Trial Award

Dr. David S. Lindberg was a valued member of the Elmhurst University community for 40 years. From 1967 when he joined the faculty until his retirement in 2007, he served the college in a variety of roles, most notably as chair of political science, pre-law advisor and director of the mock trial team. He inspired students and colleagues alike with the breadth of his knowledge, his expertise in political philosophy and law, and his passion for teaching.

  • Angel Garcia
  • Nujaimah Kholwadia

Psychology Department Recognition Awards

The psychology department recognition award is given to juniors and seniors who have been voted by the psychology faculty members as being outstanding students in areas of academic, service and research assistant experiences.

  • Megan Adamowski
  • Husna Ahmed
  • Luceana Luna
  • Kayla Mast
  • Vanessa Sevilla
  • Rachel Banas
  • Hanna Flores
  • Eaden Hvarre
  • Yusra Omer
  • Elizabeth Schweitzer

The Niebuhr Award for Academic Excellence in Religious Studies

This award recognizes the highest level of scholarship and academic achievement of a senior student who is a major in the department. Criteria for the award include membership in Theta Alpha Kappa (the national honor society for the study of religion) and a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 in religious studies courses.

  • Not awarded in 2022

Peter M. Blau Award in Sociology

Awarded to the outstanding graduating senior in sociology, the award is named in honor of Peter M. Blau ’42, Doctor of Humane Letters ’74, a leading figure in sociology throughout the second half of the 20th century. Dr. Blau made major contributions to the study of macrostructure, was one of the founders of the field of organizational sociology, and co-authored a study of the American occupational structure that transformed the study of social inequality and social mobility.

  • Michael Lieggi

C.C. Arends Scholarship

The late C.C. Arends, emeritus professor and former chair of the Department of Speech Communication, established two scholarships for students majoring in speech communication or theatre. The scholarships are granted on the basis of the applicants’ participation in speech activities.

  • Alexa Nastasi
  • Linnea Grooms
  • Lindsay Janicki
  • Caryna Martinez-Rios

Helga and Tony Noice Theatre Scholarship

  • Claire Christie

Michael and Wilma Delaney Theatre Scholarship

  • Alexandra Williams

Kristin Spangler Memorial Scholarship

  • Amber Bretana

Theatre Leadership Scholarships

  • Amber Bretana
  • Claire Christie
  • Bridget Delaney
  • Matthew Dum
  • Nathaniel Fields
  • Shla George
  • Beatrice Harbaugh
  • Angelina Hermiz
  • Lindsay Janicki
  • Ethan Jankowski
  • Erika Knutson
  • Ashley Liljeberg
  • Marissa Lullo
  • Caryna Martinez-Rios
  • Amelia McNeil-Maddox
  • Alexa Nastasi
  • McKenna Ostos
  • Tristan Ramos
  • Benjamin Robins
  • Grace Savio
  • Grace Wadsworth
  • Alexandra Williams

Theatre Talent Scholarships

  • Henry Anderson
  • Evan Auriemma
  • Regan Bobich
  • Bridget Delaney
  • Lily Grosch
  • Beatrice Harbaugh
  • Marissa Lullo
  • Blake Macias Martinez
  • Jessica Sanderson
  • Rebekah Seidman
  • Zachary Yates

Abner S. Ganet Scholarship for Urban Studies

Established in 1985 by family and friends to recognize Ganet’s services as mayor of the City of Elmhurst. It recognizes good scholarship from an urban studies program major.

Annual World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Award for Excellence

Generally given to a Junior or Senior, this award recognizes a student whose academic excellence and commitment to the field of study best exemplify the values and mission of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. It includes a cash prize, certificate of recognition, and gift from the faculty.

  • Katrina Bauman 

Annual World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Scholarship for Continued Study

This stipend is awarded to a Sophomore or Junior who has demonstrated a love for the study of world languages and cultures and the ability to collaborate with and support their peers while representing the values and mission of the Department. The recipient must intend to return to the university the following year to continue their language study.

  • Francisco Gomez

Connect with #elmhurstu