Bruce James past winners

The Bruce R. James ‘64 Distinguished Public Service Award is presented to a current RIT student.

This student public service award commemorates the distinguished public service of Bruce R. James, chair emeritus of the RIT Board of Trustees. The award recognizes a student for exemplary public service in the wider Rochester community. Its purpose is to also encourage other students to engage in public service.

Bruce James Award Nomination Form

Bhuvish Mehta, 2021
Fifth-Year Student
Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

A gift was made in Bhuvish Mehta's name to the following organizations:

  • Counseling and Psychological Services at RIT
  • North American Association of Indian Students (NAAIS)

Çlirim Sheremeti, 2020
Third-Year Student
Management & Entrepreneurship, Economics
RIT Kosovo

A gift was made in Çlirim Sheremeti’s name to the following organization:

  • Global Albanian Foundation

Robert Moakley, 2019
Fourth-Year Student
Environmental Science
College of Science

A gift was made in Robert Moakley’s name to the following organization:

  • Ibero-American Development Corporation

Claire Finnerty, 2018
Fourth-Year Student
Biomedical Sciences and Public Policy

College of Health Sciences and Technology and College of Liberal Arts

A gift was made in Claire Finnerty’s name to the following organization:

  • Mary’s Place

Wilson Darko, 2017
Fifth-Year Student
Electrical Engineering Technology
College of Applied Science & Technology

A gift was made in Wilson Darko's name to the following organization:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester

Amanda Schartau, 2016
Fourth-Year Student
International and Global Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Gifts were made in Amanda Schartau’s name to the following organizations:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rochester
  • Mary’s Place

Hrushikesh Sagar, 2015
Second-Year Graduate Student
Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration
College of Applied Science and Technology


Gifts were made in Hrushikesh Sagar's name to the following organizations:

  • Ash for Education
  • Lynn's Kids Corporation

Meaghan Malone, 2014
Graduate Student, Sustainable Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

A gift was made in Meaghan Malone's name to the following organization:

  • Friends of Borgne

Bakar Ali, 2013
Third-Year RIT/NTID Student, Double Major
Urban and Community Studies and International Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Gifts were made in Bakar Ali's name to the following organizations:

    • The Center for Youth
    • Global Deaf Muslim
    • Mary's Place

    David Kelbe, 2012
    Ph.D. Candidate, Imaging Science
    2010 Graduate, Imaging Science
    College of Science

    Gifts were made in David Kelbe's name to the following organizations:

    • AMG International
    • The OrphanAge Foundation

    Julianna Johnson, 2011
    Fourth-Year Student, Graphic Design
    College of Imaging Arts & Sciences

    Gifts were made in Julianna Johnson's name to the following organizations:

    • Bethany House
    • The Women's Place

    Ryan Buckley, 2010
    Third-Year Student, Biomedical Sciences
    College of Science

    Gifts were made in Ryan Buckley's name to the following organizations:

    • ArtPeace
    • Rochester Roots

    Kaitlyn Werner, 2009
    Third-Year Student, Marketing
    E. Philip Saunders College of Business

    Gifts were made in Kaitlyn Werner’s name to the following organizations:

    • Livingston County Habitat for Humanity
    • Food Link

    Angelina Faulkner, 2008
    President, College Pan-Hellenic Council
    Fourth-Year Student, Visual Media
    School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
    College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

    A gift was made in Angelina Faulkner’s name to the following:

    • Teen Empowerment Program.

    Kate Dyson, 2007
    Fourth-Year Student, Biology
    College of Science

    A gift was made in Kate Dyson’s name to the following orginizations:

    • AIDS Rochester.

    Abenaa Addei, 2006
    Vice President, National Pan-Hellenic Council
    Vice President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
    Fourth-Year Student, Management Information Systems
    College of Business

    Gifts were made in Abenna Addei’s name to the following organizations:

    • Alpha Kappa Alpha – Omicron Beta Chapter
    • Tarote Non-profit Organization

    Sheila D. Sarratore, 2005
    President, RIT Student Government
    Fourth-Year Student, New Media Publishing
    College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

    Gifts were made in Shelia Sarratore’s name to the following organizations:

    • Special Olympics Genesee Region
    • Red Cross Tsunami Relief Fund