Celebrating Academic Achievements at Honors Convocation

Join the #MBUfamily in celebrating the scholarship of MBU students, recognized at Honors Convocation on March 28.

Every year, MBU recognizes students (many of them pictured here) for their strong academic performance.

Class Marshals

Class of 2019: Katriel Cho, Sarah Lawson, Qadira Muhammad, Ascharya Balaji

Class of 2020: Tatyana Johnson, Kelly Li, Victoria Moore (alternate)

Class of 2021: Eleanore Hilgart, Camille Weeks, Gizella Wade (alternate)

Class of 2022: Kristi Walsh, Christine Mahoney, Tamera Phinizy (alternate)

Global Honor Scholars

Class of 2019: Caitlyn Alexander, Ascharya Balaji, Varalika Balla, Rebecca Balzan, Katherine Bernal Vigil, Ariel Cho, Kaylin Coe, Virginia Daniel, Caroline Dilorenzo, Hannah Fishburne, Mallory Goodine, Syrina Haldiman, Faith Hartley, Eliza Hong, Mahalia Huba, Tatyana Johnson, Sarah Lawson, Alyssa Linterman, Teodora Magda, Shari Moody, Zaria Moore, Qadira Muhammad, Mary Oliver, Faith Parker, Taylor Povich, Emma Rhodenizer, Lindsay Risenhoover, Katlin Schiefelbein, Sarah Sheehan, Bethany Taylor, Sage Wyatt

Class of 2020: Jessica Balough, Raina Daniels, Jade Doswell, Destiny Freeman, Shayla Spruill

Class of 2021: Kelsey Hines, Rachel Krosky, Colette Levens, Elyse Levens, Tamera Phinizy, Boajorm Quaynor, Kylie Stottlemyer

Class of 2022: Ajai Cave, Brandon John, McKenna Mollner, Parker Moore, Tori Morgan, Maya Reyes, Micaela Wortman

Margarett Kable Russell Award

The Margarett Kable Russell Award is given in memory of Margarett Kable Russell, editor of the 1902 Bluestocking, Mary Baldwin’s yearbook, and the first woman member of the Mary Baldwin Board of Trustees. The award is made annually by the Mary Baldwin Alumni Association and the Board of Trustees. The recipient, selected by vote of the faculty, is a rising senior outstanding in academic achievement, character, and service. The person honored is known as the Russell Scholar and works on a special research project in his or her field.

Qadira Muhammad

Phi Beta Kappa

The Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Society is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society, and membership is an emblem of high achievement and exceptional potential, conferred upon barely one percent of college seniors nationwide. To be elected to PBK, a student must have demonstrated a commitment to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and eligibility requirements include a high GPA, foreign language, mathematics, and laboratory science. The following students have been tapped for membership in PBK.

Seniors: Caroline Fresch, Sarah Lawson, Faith Parker, William Rinaldo

Member-in-course (current senior inducted last year as a junior): Qadira Muhammad

Juniors: Anais Gutierrez, Tatyana Johnson (Being elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior is a special honor recognizing exceptional academic accomplishments.)


The Carrie Douglass Award for Excellence in Anthropology honors one student, an anthropology/sociology major or anthropology minor, for his or her work in and contribution to the anthropology program at Mary Baldwin University. The award is determined by major GPA, career GPA, and contributions to the anthropology program through campus organizations, civic and/or global engagement, and excellence in research. The award is named in honor of former Professor of Anthropology Carrie Douglass.

Mallory Goodine

Asian Studies

Amy M. Rupe Award for Excellence in Asian Studies

Tanisha Parson


The Scholar Athlete award is given to members of Mary Baldwin sports teams who achieve high academic standing.

Alli Bascunan
Michaela Beverly
Colette Levens
Elyse Levens
Jaquelin Rosas

The Mary Jane Donnally Award is given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA after three semesters of work.

Jaquelin Rosas

The Team GPA Award is presented to the team with the highest cumulative GPA.

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field


The Alice McCaa Class of 1976 Biology Award was established by classmates of Alice McCaa, a 1976 biology major whose early death from cancer led to her fellow students establishing the annual award as a memorial to her.

Brenna Wojcik

Selected by student colleagues, the Outstanding Biology Student Award winner is a scholar who defines outstanding achievement.

Ascharya Balaji


The Hammock Award is named after Professor Gordon Hammock, a deeply loved and well-respected member of the business faculty who passed away a number of years ago. One of his greatest gifts was his ability to mentor students. To honor him, the university created an endowed fund that carries a cash award for the recipient. The student who receives this award “exemplifies Gordon’s focus on teaching and mentoring students to be ethical leaders in business.”

Jessica Hall

The Outstanding Business Student Award is given to the student that best exemplifies the effective practices in today’s world with special focus on “business for a sustainable future.”

MBU Online: Theresa Janosky
Residential program: Desjournes Reid


The Outstanding Chemistry Student Award is given annually to a chemistry major who has excelled academically in the field, shown promise in the research lab, and been involved in service to the department.

Katriel Cho

The Biochemistry Research Award is given in memory of Peggy Pinkston, a beloved Mary Baldwin faculty member from 1976 to 1989.

Kelly Li

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Scholar Award for Academic Excellence

Alli Bascunan


The Benn Award for Creative Writing was established in 1969 by the late Mrs. Clyde Myers Lambert of Waynesboro in memory of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Benn. The award is presented by the English faculty in recognition of a returning Mary Baldwin student who is distinguished in the literary arts.

Liesel Lutz

Healthcare Administration

This award has been given out by the Healthcare Administration (HCA) program for more than 20 years. It is given to the top student in the HCA program — the person who exhibits the qualities of an effective, efficient, and humane professional in the making. Among the elements considered are GPA, classroom engagement, participation in HCA program activities, leadership, the quality of the required internship, a cooperative spirit matched with action, and a sense of humor.

Veronica Desper

Health Sciences

The Health Sciences Outstanding Student Award is given to the student who has achieved top academic excellence in the health sciences major.

Niyonah Washington


The First Year Calculus Award is given to a freshman with the highest grade in the Introduction to Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II courses.

Katherine Keegan

The Ashley DuLac Memorial Award in Mathematics is funded by the DuLac family in honor of their daughter Ashley DuLac, class of 1989. Each year this award is given to an outstanding graduating senior in the mathematics department.

Varalika Balla

MBU Online

The MBU Online Merit Scholarship is awarded to MBU Online students for academic achievements, service to the university, and service to their community.

Alexis Ferry
Emma Ferreira


The Physics Award is given to a student who has excelled academically in the field and has performed exceptional lab work.

Emma Rhodenizer

Social Work

The Jane Addams Social Work Award is given to an outstanding student in the social work department, the award is named in honor of Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, founder of the Settlement House Movement, a mover and shaker in the areas of labor reform, and a charter member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Samantha Alexander

The Mary Ellen Richmond Outstanding Social Work Field Practicum Award is named after Mary Ellen Richmond, who was instrumental in the professionalization of social work, and celebrates outstanding field work.

Jordan Brooks


The award for Academic Excellence in Sociology is given to seniors who have achieved academic distinction and excelled in all classes.

Shaina Riddle
Gina Edwards
Eliza Hong

Study Abroad

The C. Perry Nair Jr. Endowed Fund scholarship: Dominic Walker

The Thelma T. McDowell Endowed Fund scholarship: Tamia Baker-Johnson

The Marion Barge Clark ’67 scholarship: Imogen Connell, Rebecca Custer, Kelsie Whalen

The Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement Endowed Fund scholarships: Madison Bergstrom, Jazzlyn Manning, Mary Oliver, Guadalupe Reyes, Dalana Salyer, Danyale Wimmer

Irene Sarnelle Study Abroad Fund scholarship: Dianna Tran

Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership

The VWIL Advanced Leadership Certificate is awarded to highly motivated seniors who have dedicated extra-curricular time developing teams and leadership skills, executing events, and putting service before self. This certificate requires cadets to earn 30 additional credits, including a minor in leadership studies.

Maddison Bowen
Caroline Fresch
Samantha Mourning
Kaitlyn Yaconis

Virginia Foundation for Independent College Ethics Bowl Team

Virginia Daniel (captain)
Sarah Lawson
Faith Parker