Penn State Altoona announces Student Awards recipients

April 30, 2021

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona has announced the recipients of the 2021 Student Awards. These awards recognize students who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the areas of academics, campus involvement and leadership. The awards also recognize faculty, staff and student organizations for excellence in and outside the classroom.

The virtual Student Awards Ceremony is available for viewing on the Student Awards Webpage.

Penn State Altoona Academic Awards

  • Fine Arts Award — Jordan Alwine
  • Zoller Art Award — Amy Norris
  • General W. A. Morgan Award — Kyle J. Fleming
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing — Rheanna Winter
  • Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology Award — Cory Curfman
  • Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Music — Makenzie Arone
  • Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Music — Ethan Cutshall
  • Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Visual Arts — Madisyn Simington
  • Kenneth M. Kuhn Memorial Award for Visual Arts — Meghann Mignogna
  • Liszka Award for English — Lauren Everett
  • Liszka Award for English — Haldan Jacobson
  • Bud Shuster Achievement Award — Nathanial Moore
  • Altoona College Business Student Award (B.S.) — Ryan Long
  • Altoona College Accounting Student Award — Jacob Muthler
  • John E. Boyd and Bernard G. Monahan Award — Thomas Dalton
  • John E. Boyd and Bernard G. Monahan Award — Allyson Givler
  • Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Recognition Award — Stephen Farella
  • Outstanding Veteran Student Recognition Award — Dustin McCloskey

University Academic Achievement Awards

President’s Freshman Awards

This award is presented annually to undergraduate degree candidates and provisional students who have earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative grade-point average based on at least 12 graded Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Candidates are eligible for this award if they have not exceeded 35 total credits earned. (College Board advanced placement credits are not counted in the total credits earned for purposes of this award.)

  • Jordan Marie Alwine
  • Jenna Elizabeth Bartlett
  • Kevin James Bartley
  • Cassidie A Best
  • Gianna A Caputo
  • Philip Michael Chamberlin
  • Haley Chambers
  • Jun Chen
  • Veronica Elizabeth Chesney
  • Thomas Edward Dalton
  • Kylee Davis
  • Emely Disla Ferreira
  • Case David Donaldson
  • Madison Elizabeth Eisaman
  • Jamie Renee Emerick
  • Cydney Glass
  • Andrew David Graupensperger
  • Emily Audrey Hayes
  • Macie Marie Hicks
  • Noah Christopher Hillegass
  • Taylor Victoria Kalke
  • Lindsey Mae Kensinger
  • Grace Suzanne Kulp
  • Unjin Kwon
  • Zihan Lan
  • Matthew Allan Lenze
  • David Matthew Mueller
  • Adam Ryan Naugle
  • Tyler Joseph Palfey
  • Emily Perry
  • Vy Ngoc Tuong Pham
  • Shannon Louise Pigott
  • Kylee Marie Rishel
  • Regan Elizabeth Robinson
  • Olivia Grace Sharrow
  • Leah Starr Tippett
  • Alexa Christine Verkuilen
  • Victoria Waite
  • Joseph Miles Windows
  • Shelby Renee Zelensky

President Sparks Awards

This award is presented annually to those undergraduate degree candidates who have earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative grade-point average based on at least 36 graded Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Candidates are eligible for this award if they have not exceeded 59 total credits earned. (College Board advanced placement credits are not counted in the total credits earned for purposes of this award.)

  • Micah Delattre
  • Jiexin Dong
  • Dilin Duan
  • Brett Eckenrode
  • Elani Elizabeth Etter
  • Olivia P Fisher
  • Aaron Hoover
  • Emma Hoover
  • Rachel Kosaka
  • Mary Rebecca Kulp
  • Daniel Lee Kustaborder
  • Lindsey Marie McClaren
  • Noah Scott Muthler
  • Po-Hsuan Peng
  • Shahriar Rayhan

Evan Pugh Scholar Awards for Juniors and Seniors

The Evan Pugh Scholars are those juniors and seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes and have completed at least 48 graded Penn State credits at the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Candidates are eligible if they have been full-time undergraduate students for at least four semesters prior to selection. The juniors this year have cumulative grade point averages of 3.97 and above. The seniors this year have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.99 and above.

Juniors

  • Makenna Betar
  • Sierra Binduga
  • Abigail Rose Hyde
  • Jackson Tyler Wisyanski

Seniors

  • Samantha Leigh Anderson
  • Joshua M Hollingshead
  • Taylor J Hoover
  • Amber Knott
  • Christian A Wilkins

Student Government Association Awards

  • Excellence in Classroom Teaching Award — Todd Davis
  • Excellence in Academic Advising Award — Laura K. Palmer
  • Student Organization of the Year Award — Lion Ambassadors
  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award — Cassandra Lewis

Student Life Awards

  • Butterfield and McHale Business Student Award — Amber Newberry
  • Butterfield and McHale Business Student Award — Jacob Mrvos  
  • Student Activities Leadership Award — Drake Loose
  • Student Activities Leadership Award — Mary Secord
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award — Karyn Marvasti
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award — Vanessa Gil Sanhueza
  • Living the Values Award — Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry
  • Lion's Pride Award — Angel Beverly
  • Lion's Pride Award — Jiexin Dong
  • Lion's Pride Award — Madison Lippert
  • Lion's Pride Award — Allyson Givler
  • Servant Leader Award — Raya Kenepp
  • Student Organization President Award — Allyson Givler
  • The Baccalaureate Degree Award — Sawyer Kline
  • The Baccalaureate Degree Award — Christian Wilkins
  • Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award — Madra Furman

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Last Updated April 30, 2021