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 2023–2024 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.

  • Rachel Fratt

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 3.50 or higher.

  • Katie Kubica

Kolb Talent Award to First-Year a Sophomore Art Major

The award is made on the basis of a consistent demonstrated in studio course work.

  • Shreya Chib
  • Hanna Nguyen

Kolb Award to a Junior Art Major

The award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio course work and academic excellence.

  • Ohana Jeron
  • Fatimah Nauman
  • Elle Ziemianin
  • Charlie Rossi
  • Maia Paderon
  • Maggie Ramirez
  • Emily Murphy

Kolb Talent Award to a Graduating Senior

The award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio course work and academic excellence.
Rachel Fratt

  • Katie Kubica

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.

  • Phoenix Bierbrauer

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.

  • Jessica Uriostegui

Weber Talent Award to a Freshman or Sophomore Art Major

The award is made on the basis of artistic talent demonstrated in studio course work. 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.

  • Vashayla Bradley

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.

  • Ethan Castillo
  • Isabella Dilollo
  • Emad Haque
  • Ambrozia Itellari
  • Behraam Khattak
  • Matthew Ossmann

Senior Academic Excellence Awards in Biology

  • Isaac Durbin
  • Karina Pasillas
  • Isabella Roque
  • Allyson Swanson

Junior Academic Excellence Awards

  • Abigail Kunz
  • Christopher Sakas

Sophomore Academic Awards

  • Faith Geevarghese
  • Catherine Kaczowka
  • Hamdan Khan
  • Sufyan Khan
  • Karolina Pasek
  • Amar Rajput

Freshman Academic Awards

  • Diane Chojnowski
  • Moises Gomez
  • Olivia Hottman
  • Giorgios Kalantzis
  • Sameer Khan
  • Elise Knight
  • Benjamin Kuehl
  • Mikala Marcussen-Abuharb
  • Faris Qureshi
  • Numa Syed
  • Sara Trojan

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.

  • Rida Ahmed
  • Eric Jandura
  • Umaimah Syed
  • Ella Talic

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.

  • Jacob Bishop

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.

  • Ambrozia Itellari

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.

  • Umaimah Syed

Outstanding Senior in the School of Business

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

  • Juan Trinidad

The 2023 Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award

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

  • Karam Hasan

Outstanding Student in Accounting

  • Jakub Sitko

Outstanding Student in Business Administration

  • Payton Schmidt

Outstanding Student in Finance

  • Jessica Steingard

Outstanding Student in International Business

  • Claudia Schmidt

Outstanding Student in Logistics and Supply Management

  • Juan Trinidad

Outstanding Student in Management

  • James Palumbo

Outstanding Student in Marketing

  • Barbrianna Russo

Outstanding Economics Major of the Year Award

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

  • Karam Hasan

The Lloyd J. Palmer/Nalco Chemical Company Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry for 2023-2024

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:

  •  Nimra Fatima               

Level B:

  • Jose Montelongo         
  • Robert Riola                  
  • Bianca Gonzalez           
  • Sarah Warren 

Level C:

  • Kate Jeske                     
  • Connor McDonald       
  • Andrea Aldrete             
  • Sophia Ochana    
  • Tayem Qaqish               

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.

Year 1:

  • Angela Chavez

Year 2:

  • Ryan Fontanetta 

Rudolf J. Priepke Award for Scholastic Achievement in Chemistry

  • Ryan Fontanetta
  • Lindsey O’Donnell
  • Marvin Tchangwa

Analytical Chemistry Award

  • Lindsey O’Donnell

Organic Chemistry Award

  • Thomas Smyth              
  • Victor Rogowski

ACS Inorganic Chemistry Award

  • Ryan Fontanetta

CRC Award in Freshman Chemistry

  • Kate Jeske     

ACS Physical Chemistry Book Award

  • Marvin Tchangwa

ACS Biochemistry Book Award

  • Victor Rogowski

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:

  • Thomas Smyth              
  • Callie Brady       

Level B:

  • Christopher Cornejo  

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.

  • Joseph DeLuca
  • Gabriel Galindo

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.

  • Adriana Briscoe
  • Amelia McNeil-Maddox

The Leader Newspaper Awards

The Illinois College Press Association 2024
Awards for Excellence in Illinois College Newspapers

  • Adriana Briscoe is the current editor-in-chief

Open Categories

  • 1st place, editorial cartoon (Jennie Bosas)
  • Honorable mention, print ad (Rachel Fratt)
  • 3rd place, digital ad (Abbey Mark)

Divisional Categories

  • 2nd place, front page layout (Rachel Fratt)
  • 2nd place, feature page design (Rachel Fratt)
  • 3rd place, editorial (staff)
  • Honorable mention, honorable mention, opinion pages (Ryan Windle, Ian Murphy, Rachel Fratt, Jennie Bosas, Abbey Mark, Sam Shulman)
  • 3rd place, feature writing (Sam Shulman)
  • 1st place, sports game story (Sante Dybowski)
  • 3rd place, sports feature (Alyssa Kuehne)
  • 3rd place, headline writing (Jennie Bosas)
  • 2nd place, multimedia reporting (Sarah Glees, Ilana Garnica)
  • 1st place, DEI coverage (Ericka Creek)
  • 2nd place, sweepstakes (staff)
  • Honorable mention, general excellence-web (staff)

Outstanding Communication Graduate – Communication Studies

  • Michael Finnegan

Outstanding Communication Graduate – Multimedia Journalism

  • Not Given 2024

Outstanding Communication Graduate – Digital Marketing Communication

  • Heather Vesely

Outstanding Digital Media Graduate – Writing for Film and Television

  • Patch Flammang

Outstanding Digital Media Graduate – Audio & Video Production

  • Ellie Bonefas

Outstanding Digital Media Graduate – Animation and Game Design

  • Sarah Dasilva

WRSE Elmhurst

WRSE-88.7 FM, is Elmhurst University’s entirely student-run radio station! We focus on rock variety, but it’s easy to find sports, hip-hop, local music, and even live performances on air.

Outstanding Graduating Seniors in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department

Outstanding Graduating Senior in CSD

  • Noelle Veome

Outstanding Academician in CSD

  • Alexandra Avila

Outstanding Clinician

  • Andrea Armenta

Albert H. and Iona D. Glos Scholarship in Speech

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

  • Cassidy Amelio
  • Andrea Armenta
  • Patricia Boyle
  • Olivia Harcarik
  • Bailey Hoenig
  • Julia Janicek
  • Mia Mangialardi
  • Emily Shearer
  • Allison Skiple
  • Joanna Skorupa
  • Morgan Woodbury

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.

  • Carley White

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.

  • Caroline Slater

Marjorie Goodban Endowed Scholarship

  • Kimberly Flores
  • Joely Liacone

Rose Weigand Memorial Scholarship

The Weigand scholarship is for students who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, critical thinking, self-improvement and contributions to society.

  • Janette Flores
  • Ali Mockenhaupt
  • Nicole Petterson
  • Sara Wheeler

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.

  • Yahaira Gonzalez

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: Greta Inskeep
  • Elementary Education: Michelle Diaz
  • Secondary Education: Tori Kornatowski
  • Special Education: Samantha Pack

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.

Undergrad Scholars

  • Stephanie Chavez
  • Jasmin Galan
  • Mateo Gomez Bedeya
  • Jorge Manjarrez
  • Ava Pollack
  • Lauren Snelgrove

Student Teaching

  • Nausheen Ajmeri
  • Micaiah Brown
  • Cassandra Diaz
  • Marisol Hernandez
  • Sofia Masood
  • Madison Rivera
  • Mary Sanfilippo
  • Kate Sommer

Feldman Educational Leadership Award

  • Esther Pereira, Alumna

M. 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

  • April Clancy

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: Sarah Glees
  • Second Place: Finley Hopmann
  • Honorable Mentions: Kathleen Ryndak
  • First Place: Leo Almeida
  • Second Place: Ilana Garnica
  • Honorable Mentions: Matthew Mazur, Tyler Warren

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.

  • Kathleen Ryndak

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.

  • Molly Lucas

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.

  • None for 2024

First Voice Winner

  • Leo Almeida

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.

  • Maryam Chida
  • Calvin Greene
  • Olivia Reamer

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 Exercise Science
  • Ethan Rojas
  • Kristina Scavelli
  • Sarah Stephens
Outstanding Student in Sport Management
  • Jackson Chadesh
  • Kendall Schieppe
  • Payton Schmidt

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.

  • Theresa Alberth
  • Anthony Calabrese
  • Troy Mock

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.

  • Jocelyn Garcia
  • Robert Grant
  • Ahlam Mohammed
  • Randa Qatanani

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.

  • Ahlam Mohammed

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.

  • Zayd Acevedo
  • Vincent Guido
  • Jonathan Stoner

Doug Beach Scholarship

  • Dylan Catapat
  • Charlie Rossi
  • Brian Tacastacas

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.

  • Anthony Galang
  • Timothy Gorman

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.

  • Sabina Fijor
  • Leonardo Rodriguez
  • Charlie Rossi
  • William Stezowski
  • Christopher Tejeda
  • Anna Thompson
  • Ximena Valenzuela
  • Disha Virdi
  • Cristian Zavala

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.

  • Crystal Adaya
  • Sarah Louise Bergman
  • Karabeth Footman
  • Timothy Gorman
  • Lissette HernandezNina Hoek
  • Daisuke Kamiuchi
  • Eliza Martinez
  • Ian Martinez
  • Sebastian Martinez
  • Claudia Rejowski
  • Charlie Rossi

Mike and Wilma Delaney Scholarship

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

  • Regan Camp
  • Ivan Martinez

Ross Kellan Music Education Fund

  • Crystal Adaya
  • Regan Camp
  • Anthony Galang
  • Grace Loris
  • Eliza Martinez
  • Disha Virdi

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.

  • Cassadie Comiskey
  • Hannah Hadraba
  • Eliana Kiltz
  • Victoria LaPointe
  • Mia Merrell
  • Michan O’Brien
  • John Pinns
  • Matthew Swick

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.

  • Daisuke Kamiuchi
  • Aaron Marin

Daniel Bachar Scholarship

  • Pavlina Panagiotidis

David Austin Scholarship

  • Grace Loris

Duke Kramer Scholarship

  • Cassadie Comiskey
  • Hannah Hadraba
  • Victoria LaPointe
  • Mia Merrell
  • Michan O’Brien
  • John Pinns
  • Matthew Swick

Music Merit Scholarship

  • Dylan Catapat

Orth Scholarship

  • Rebeca Flores
  • Ethan Soltys

T. Howard Krueger Scholarship

  • Michael Chipchak

Amy and John Allen Scholarship

  • Alexandra Krieger
  • Amanda Leveille
  • Paige Nowak
  • Alfred Sawyer
  • Paulina Walczak

Jazz Band Merit Scholarship

  • Not given in 2023

Susan Moninger Scholarship

  • Sarah Louise Bergman
  • Kristin Crisostomo

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.

  • *BSN award recipient: Dominika Zak
  • *ABSN award recipient: Arabelle Esperanza

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.

  • *MENP Award recipient: Lily Brooks
  • *AMENP Award recipient: Erin Evans
  • *MSN Award recipient: Amanda Rodriguez
  • Nursing Alumni Scholarship
  • Prosser Jessica 

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.

  • Delilah Lewerenz
  • Abigail Mathew
  • Fhel Vince Mejia
  • Brianna Migaczewski
  • Mina Mizoguchi
  • Kaitlin Mungia

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.

  • Josie Babicz

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.

  • Alaisia Hunt
  • Ada Woznicki
  • Dominika Zak

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.

  • Sheila Marie Sestoso
  • Alexandra Robak     

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.

  • Kaseyleen Bernardo    

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.

  • Melissa Bartels

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.

  • NOT Awarded in 2023 or 2024

Julia P. House Scholarship

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

  • Len Phuong

L. Bajgrowicz Scholarship

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

  • Not Awarded in 2023 or 2024

Jan’s Scholarship

  • Karen Alvarez
  • Kyasi Bayani
  • Nicoletta Boik
  • Madison Breck
  • Ty Doman
  • Gracie Eastman
  • Christen Garcia
  • Samantha Lewerenz
  • Katleyn Mathews
  • Anneliese Mojica
  • Alyssa Moss
  • Jessica Prosser
  • Carys Reed
  • Zoe Rodriguez
  • Alondra Sainz

Dr. Rach Khanna Endowed Scholarship

  • Morgan Collar

Joyce Marilyn Huttman Meyer Scholarship

  • Katherine Kite

Klein Scholarship

  • Hannah Tibbetts

Schaible Scholarship

  • Amanda Przybylski        
  • Olivia Rill

Sharon Lyn and Nursing Alumni Legacy Scholarships

  • Jessica Prosser

Sprandel Scholarship

  • Andrea Guadarrama
  • Aoife Lyons
  • Arielle Petrunic

Diane Tyrrell Clinical Nursing Scholarship

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

  • Jessica Marszalek

Wallace W and Tonita M Reifsteck Endowed Scholarship

  • Katelyn Klunder

Robert J. Clark for Excellence in Philosophy

This is awarded to the most outstanding undergraduate(s) major in philosophy. 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.

  • Ashley Rushing

30th 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.

  • Theresa Alberth

Outstanding Political Science Major of the Year

  • De Luca, Joseph F.

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.

  • CJ  (Corinna) Salmon
  • Cristina Valencia

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.

  • Leah Fallon
  • Nathan Fonseca
  • Ansley Hirth
  • Fariyal Khan
  • Saba Mohiuddin
  • Isabella Roque
  • NONE IN 2024

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 given in 2024

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.

  • Finley Hopmann

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.

Michael and Wilma Delaney Theatre Scholarship

Kristin Spangler Memorial Scholarship

Theatre Leadership Scholarships

Theatre Talent Scholarships

Tony Noice Scholarship

Nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition

  • Not awarded in 2021, 2022 or 2023

LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award Competition

  • Not awarded in 2021, 2022 or 2023

Region III Certificate of Merit

  • Not awarded in 2021, 2022 or 2023

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.

  • Javier Gloria

Andrew K. Prinz Scholarship

Established in 1990 by urban studies program alumni to recognize Prinz’s initiation and development of the interdisciplinary program. It recognizes good scholarship from an urban studies major.

  • Tiffany D. Cuevas

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.

  • Ana Zaragoza

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.

  • Mateo Gomez Bedoya

Dr. Earl Thompson Scholarship

This endowed scholarship is awarded to an academically eligible major or minor in Spanish chosen by the Spanish faculty.

  • Alejandra Galvan

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