Student Life Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 award winners!

Community Impact Awards

Dozens of Rochester Institute of Technology students have been awarded Community Impact Award scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 for leadership, making improvements to the campus or being involved in club activities.

The awards are a way to recognize and appreciate the “change makers” on the RIT campus.

“Celebrating our students who have found a way to stay involved and impact change this last year has been inspiring,” said Sri Kartik, assistant director for leadership at RIT’s Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement.

The awards are administered or selected by the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement unless otherwise mentioned.

Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship, given to students who have demonstrated significant effort toward the improvement and quality of campus, and administered by Financial Aid:

  • Sinclaire Ogof, a second-year Public Policy major
  • Laylah Vital, a second-year Management Information Systems major
  • Cindy Lam, a third-year Physician Assistant major
  • Gabriella Mancuso, a second-year Graphic Design major
  • Christina Nguyen, a fourth-year Electrical Engineering major
  • Maddie Tlachac, a second-year Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety major
  • Kiera Carrington, a third-year Computing Security major
  • Madeline Nepokroeff, a fourth-year Physician Assistant major
  • Danny Le, a third-year Finance & Management Information Systems major
  • Andrew Le, a first-year Computer Science major
  • Olivia Gallucci, a second-year Computer Science and Computing Security double major
  • Mikayla Bird, fourth-year Packaging Science major
  • Justine Fournier, a second-year Physician Assistant major
  • Zoe Zapata, a second-year Digital Humanities & Social  Sciences major
  • Zoe LaLena, a third-year Imaging Science major
  • Ndidiamaka Chimah, a third-year Hospitality Management major
  • Jessie Li, a fourth-year Accounting major
  • Aisha Khalid, a second-year Computing Information Technologies major
  • Anna Kasper, a third-year Biology major
  • Peter Michael Stefos, a fourth-year Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management major
  • Aedan Frank, a second-year Game Design Development/Psychology major
  • Kavitha Rajkumar, a third-year Accounting major
  • Drew Young, a first-year Computing Security major
  • Christian Waldschmidt, a second-year Biomedical Engineering major

Alpha Phi Omega Endowed Scholarship, awarded to students who have demonstrated that service to the RIT community is a personal commitment and an integral part of their university experience:

  • Peter Michael Stefos, a fourth-year Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management major
  • Maddie Tlachac, a second-year Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety major

Frederick Douglass Scholarship, awarded to AALANA students who have demonstrated leadership, campus citizenship and community service, administered by Multicultural Center for Academic Success.

  • Laylah Vital, a second-year Management Information Systems major
  • Aedan Frank, a second-year Game Design Development/Psychology major
  • Matteo Alexander,  a third-year Applied Arts and Sciences major
  • Andrew Le, a first-year Computer Science major

Susan Willoughby, Lanette Moore and Cheryl Bulls Scholarship, awarded to AALANA students who have demonstrated leadership in student groups and/or community activities:

  • Oluwamumiyo Makindipe, a second-year Mechanical Engineering major

Walls Olson Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students active in at least two major student activities:

  • Andrew Le, a first-year Computer Science major

Joseph T. Ferraro Memorial Scholarship, awarded to students in good academic standing who have demonstrated an interest in and ability to build bridges among people of diverse backgrounds, selected by Spirituality and Religious Life:

  • Anna Kasper, a third-year Biology major
  • Sinclaire Ogof, a second-year Public Policy major

RIT Student Leadership Fund , awarded to students who have demonstrated significant and unique contributions towards the improvement and quality of campus life, tradition, pride and spirit at RIT:

  • Joshua Rosenberg, a second-year Mechanical Engineering major

Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Endowed Scholarship, awarded to students who demonstrate an understanding of diversity and contribute to inclusive efforts, selected by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Aedan Frank, a second-year Game Design Development/Psychology major
  • Drew Young, a first-year Computing Security major

Center for Residence Life Outstanding Staff Person, awarded to Resident Advisors who make outstanding contributions to their role, staff and the Center for Residence Life:

  • Dmitry Selin, a fourth-year Computing and Info Science major
  • Jesse Martin, a fifth-year Mechanical Engineering Technology major
  • Justin McFadden, a third-year Business major

H Preston Herring Award, awarded to a Resident Advisor that has balanced their responsibilities within and outside the role and made personal efforts to provide a unique and significant contribution to the Center for Residence Life:

  • Sakinah Abdul-Khaliq, a fourth-year Science major

Excellence in Student Life

RIT has been honoring students for this award since 1964 as a way to recognize students who were able to find the balance between academic success and student engagement. Students have been selected for this honor based upon having GPAs over 3.4, and holding significant leadership positions within RIT-related activities. All award recipients are graduating in 2022.

Excellence in Student Life Award Recipients:

  • Carly DeLeonardo, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • Jamison Friauf, Saunders College of Business
  • Siobhan Gannon, College of Art and Design
  • Maduka Gunasinghe, College of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Angel Hristov, RIT Croatia 
  • Karthik Iyer, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences 
  • Swathi Jacob, College of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Keegan Kresge, College of Science
  • Hillary Le, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • Ashley Martsen, College of Science
  • Shannon Mckee, College of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Ariel Meltser, College of Art and Design
  • Mady Nepokroeff, College of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Landon Nolta, Saunders College of Business
  • Katie O'Neill-Knasick, College of Science
  • Lindsey Olson, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences 
  • Jesse Phelps, College of Health Sciences and Technology
  • Emily Rogers, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • Peter Stefos, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • Bryn Stricker, College of Liberal Arts
  • Dzejla Suman, RIT Croatia 
  • Lauren Tompkins, College of Art and Design
  • Isabella Totino, Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences 
  • Mackenzie Vanacore, College of Liberal Arts 
  • Maya Vanderhorst, Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • Alec Vent, College of Science
  • Kiana Walker, College of Liberal Arts
  • Zach Williams, College of Health Sciences and Technology

Legacy Leaders

This award, sponsored by the Campus Life Women & Gender program, is presented to students who have shown great leadership and are leaving a legacy behind at RIT or in the Rochester community. All applicants must identify as a woman or non-binary to qualify, and they must be graduating in 2022.

Legacy Leader Award recipients:

  • Anika Griffiths, a sociology and anthropology major
  • Ann-Katherine Candelori, a management information systems major
  • Dominique Molee, a computing and information technology major
  • Emily Crilley, a software engineering major
  • Emily Rogers, a packaging science major
  • Erzë Ahmeti, a web & mobile computing/ management & entrepreneurship major
  • Isabella Totino, a human centered computing major
  • Jennifer Hill, a new media marketing major
  • Jennifer Schroll, masters of business administration
  • Kimberly Mac, a film production major 
  • Lindsey Olson, a web and mobile computing major
  • Mackenzie Vanacore, a english major 
  • Mridhula Sreekumar, a electrical engineering major
  • Natalie Robinson, a interior design major 
  • Nicole Such, a physician assistant major