Academic and Leadership Award Winners

Mary Baldwin University congratulates all the recipients of scholarly and leadership awards for the 2019-20 academic year. Although the annual Honors Convocation and Student Leadership Awards ceremony had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the scholarship and community dedication of MBU students still shines bright.

Honors Convocation Academic Awards

Class Marshals

Class of 2020: Tatyana Johnson, Victoria Moore, Camille Weeks

Class of 2021: Eleanore Hilgart, Kylie Stottlemeyer

Class of 2022: Catherine Keegan, Kristi Walsh

Class of 2023: Noah Knick, Alyssa LaGrange, Gracie Patrick

Global Honor Scholars 

Class of 2023: Abigail Adams, Emily Fahey, Alexis Fertig, Georgia Foster, Joshua Henson, Madeleine Hudson, Heather Korzun, Lauren Lawson, Connor Lindhjem, Owen Marshall, Ashley Morse, Gracie Patrick, Carrington Schulz, Caleb Simmons, Anyka Wilkin, Quincy Wilkins 

Class of 2022: Ajai Cave, McKayla Cotton, Katie Keegan, McKenna Mollner, Tori Morgan,
Tamera Phinizy, Maya Reyes, Hannah Gessler, Christine Mahoney 

Class of 2021: Jessica Balough, Rachel Krosky, Colette Levens, Elyse Levens, Boajorm Quaynor, Kylie Stottlemyer, Olivia Presley

Class of 2020: Rebecca Balzan, Katherine Bernal Vigil, Kaylin Coe, Raina Daniels, Jade Doswell, Hannah Fishburne, Syrina Haldiman, Mahalia Huba, Tatyana Johnson, Alyssa Linterman, Zaria Moore, Shayla Spruill, Bethany Taylor

Margarett Kable Russell Award 

The Margarett Kable Russell Award is given in memory of Margarett Kable Russell, editor of the1902 Bluestocking 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 a 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 her field.

Tatyana Johnson ’20

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.

Rebecca Balzan ’20, Dana Cromer ’20, Jade Doswell ’20, Syrina Haldiman ’20, Shayla Spruill ’20


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.

Jade Doswell ’20

Asian Studies

Amy M. Rupe Award for Excellence in Asian Studies  

Shayla Spruill ’20


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

Geddy Bartosch ’22 (men’s tennis)
Michaela Beverly ’20 (volleyball)
Deborah Black ’21 (volleyball)
Leah Calhoun ’21 (women’s basketball)
Kristy Kelley ’22 (women’s soccer)
Nicole Mallon ’22 (women’s basketball)
Quinland Musgrove ’22 (women’s cross country/track and field)
Maggie Olshove ’21 (women’s soccer)
Demet Saygili ’21 (women’s basketball)
Kayley Turner ’22 (softball)
Kristi Walsh ’21 (women’s cross country/track and field)
Romaijn Williams ’21 (men’s cross country/track and field) 

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

Men’s athletics: Geddy Bartosch ’22 (men’s tennis)
Women’s athletics: Kristi Walsh ’21 (women’s cross country/track and field)

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

Men’s athletics: Cross Country for a cumulative GPA of 3.106.
Women’s athletics: Softball for a cumulative GPA of 3.045.


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.

Eleanor Hilgart ’20

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

Victoria Moore ’20


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 Hammock’s focus on teaching and mentoring students to be ethical leaders in business.

June Schlereth ’21

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: Kelly Dowd ’20
Residential program: Desjournes Reid ’20

Charlotte Forten Grimke Award

Jade Doswell ’20


The Chemistry Outstanding Student Award is given to a student who has excelled in the major and in other areas related to the subject.  

Bethany Taylor ’20 has been an outstanding lab assistant and tutor for both organic chemistry and general chemistry. She has a talent and enthusiasm for environmental chemistry research, and she has had two abstracts accepted for the 2020 American Chemical Society Meeting and Exposition. She plans to attend graduate school in analytical chemistry at Loughborough University in the UK.

The Pinkston Biochemistry Award recipient is a talented and motivated biochemistry student who has shown outstanding performance in his or her coursework.  

Mahalia Huba ’20 has worked part-time performing research in a lab at the University of Virginia during her senior year, and she plans to continue with this work next year while she applies to medical school.   

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Scholar Award for Academic Excellence 

Kaylin Coe ’20

Award for Service to the Criminal Justice Program 

Valena Rose ’20


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.

Kemper Snyder ’22

Healthcare Administration

The Healthcare Administration 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.

Guadalupe Reyes ’20 

Health Sciences

GPA-Based Health Sciences Award

Alyssa Linterman ’20

Research-Based Health Sciences Award 

Lindsey Evans ’20 


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.

Samantha Grimsley ’23

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.

Kelly Li ’19

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.

Chelsea Isles ’21, Business, Accounting
Bailey Mullen ’22, Criminal Justice


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

Anais Gutierrez ’20 is an applied math major with a physics minor. She is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics national honor society, and has excelled in her physics coursework. After graduation, Anais will begin pilot training for the United States Air Force.   

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).

Jaqueline Rosas ’20

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.

Dakota Hargrove ’20


Service Award in Sociology

Nikki “Nitch” Narduzzi ’20 

Academic Excellence in Sociology Award

Emma Ferreira ’20

Study Abroad Awards

Alexis Brown ’21, Imogen Connell ’22, Jade Doswell ’20, Teerra Gillespie ’20, Marin Higgins ’23,  McKenna Mollner ’22, Zaria Moore ’20, Aayana Nedd ’20, Victoria Peterson ’23, Boajorm Quaynor ’21, Courtney Rosenstadt ’23

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.

Rhealiza Ambanta ’20, Rebecca Balzan ’20, Sesaly Barden ’20, Kaylin Coe ’20, Danielle Fortunato ’20, Nykia Free ’20, Anais Gutierrez ’20, Josephina Reeder ’20, Jaquelin Rosas ’20
Malika Theus ’20, Patricia Valdes Gonzalez ’20, Thalia Villa ’20

Virginia Foundation for Independent College Ethics Bowl Team

Joshua Henson ’23, Courtney Rosenstadt ’23, Daleya Scaife ’23, Kris Walsh ’22

Student Leadership Awards

Student Awards

Boldly Baldwin Award

For demonstrating exceptional school spirit and a desire to mentor and help fellow students: Kaylin Coe ’20

Brenda Bryant Leadership Award

For demonstrating excellence in campus leadership: Jaquelin Rosas ’20

Honor & Integrity Award

For demonstrating a commitment to upholding the principles of Mary Baldwin’s Honor and Conduct Codes: Catherine Bailey ’23

President’s Award

For demonstrating excellence in campus leadership and service and being instrumental in advancing the university’s strategic plan: Kylie Stottlemyer ’22

Unsung Hero Award

For demonstrating excellence in service to the university, with or without receiving public acknowledgement for their work: Alyssa Linterman ’20

Organization Awards

Organization of the Year

For being most effective in engaging students and encouraging participation in campus life: Baldwin Program Board 

Organization Service Award

For engaging in service and promoting global awareness and civic engagement: MBU Social Work Club

Faculty/Staff Awards

Advisor of the Year

For a faculty or staff member who serves as an advisor to a student group or organization and has demonstrated outstanding service and leadership to those students: Rev. Andrea Cornett-Scott, associate provost for inclusive excellence 

MBU Staff Member of the Year

For serving Mary Baldwin University and demonstrating outstanding service to the MBU community and leadership to students: Lee Reid, managing director, information technology