ASU Alumni Association Welcomes Largest Incoming Cohort of Medallion Fellows

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June 24, 2021

The Arizona State University Alumni Association recently welcomed 37 new ASU freshmen into the Medallion Scholarship Program, the Alumni Association’s signature scholarship initiative. The Medallion Fellowship Program is a four-year educational program focused on leadership, scholarship, and service.

This year, the ASU Alumni Association received more than 600 nominations, 30% more nominations than the previous year and the highest number of nominations ever since the inception of the program. Over 200 alumni from around the world volunteered their time to review applications and select the top 100 applicants who will be interviewed virtually by 60 alumni. Ultimately, 37 applicants were chosen based on their academic performance, involvement in extracurricular activities, leadership roles, and community service while in high school.

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Medallion Fellows receive scholarships of $ 4,000 per year, renewable over four years, provided they actively participate in a mentoring program, volunteer hours with the Alumni Association and other service organizations, maintain a cumulative grade point average, and remain in good standing as an ASU undergraduate student. .

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Grace Rogers was president of her high school acting society and grew up volunteering when her mother started the nonprofit The Real Gift Foundation. She combined her passions for acting and volunteering by dressing up as a Disney princess and visiting patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She applied to the Medallion Fellowship Program after reading about the emphasis on service.

“I’ve always had a passion for volunteering,” said Rogers. “I am thrilled to join the Medallion scholarship program and be part of a community with other students who also share a similar passion.”

She plans to major in vocal performance and musical theater, and after college she set her sights on Broadway, performing in films, and writing and performing music.

Jaime Orozco Velasquez graduated summa cum laude and was accepted to Barrett, The Honors College. She is ready to be immersed in the Honors College and take full advantage of the resources available at ASU, including joining the Medallion Fellowship Program.

“I look forward to meeting and being surrounded by the other members of the scholarship program,” said Orozco Velasquez. “I can’t wait to see what we can do as a group and the friendships and memories that will be created throughout this experience. “

Orozco Velasquez plans to major in political science with a minor or concurrent degree in Spanish. His career goal is to intern in the office of Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Senator Mark Kelly, Representative Ruben Gallego or Representative Greg Stanton.

Elizabeth Hannah has always had a gift for speaking, understanding and helping people. After watching a lot of police shows and being fascinated by the process, she chose to pursue a degree in criminology with a minor in psychology and eventually would like to become a criminal profiler for the FBI or CIA. In addition to her educational goals, she will play the clarinet in the ASU Marching Band and has been accepted into the Medallion Scholarship Program.

“I am thrilled to be part of a community where students share the same ideals of helping others,” Hannah said. “I participated in several community service programs in high school and look forward to volunteering with other students in the Medallion Scholarship Program.”

This year’s class of Medallion Scholars, expected to graduate in 2025, is:

  • Ria Bhatti, Hamilton High School, Chandler.
  • Connor Bosworth, Higley High School, Gilbert.
  • Hiram Bowen, Tuba City High School.
  • Cambridge Bui Nguyen, Arizona College Prep – Erie, Chandler.
  • Samuel Coles, Arcadia High School, Phoenix.
  • Sophia De Souza, BASE Scottsdale.
  • Jonathan Ellwanger, Perry High School, Gilbert.
  • Anna Filgueira, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix.
  • Caroline Formisano, Corona del Sol High School, Tempe.
  • Tyler Gaston, BASE Ahwatukee, Phoenix.
  • Dominic Giunta, Horizon High School, Phoenix.
  • Elizabeth Hannah, Highland High School, Gilbert.
  • Davis Houck, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix.
  • Eliza Joy, Casteel High School, Queen Creek.
  • Julia King, Hamilton High School, Chandler.
  • Delaney Krieger, Arizona College Prep – Erie, Chandler.
  • Aditya Krishna, Hamilton High School, Chandler.
  • Luzy Kruse, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson.
  • Chase Mathias, Hamilton High School, Chandler.
  • Jaime Orozco Velasquez, Chandler High School.
  • Madisson Overton, Flagstaff High School.
  • Saketh Pabolu, Hamilton High School, Chandler.
  • Jocelynn Pearson, Arcadia High School, Phoenix.
  • Abigail Quintus, Chandler Online Academy.
  • Noa Ramsey, Sandra Day O’Connor High School, Phoenix.
  • Ava Randecker, Red Mountain High School, Mesa.
  • Grace Rogers, Scottsdale Preparatory Academy.
  • Roberto Ruiz Felix Jr., University High School, Tolleson.
  • Nathan Shapiro, Corona del Sol High School, Tempe.
  • Ian Sherwood, Dobson Montessori School, Mesa.
  • Natalie Shinbaum, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale.
  • Augustus Shrestha, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale.
  • Jacob Siegerman, Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson.
  • Andrea Soto, Corona del Sol High School, Tempe.
  • Nicole Spencer Walters, Corona del Sol High School, Tempe.
  • Jeffrey Wentworth Jr., Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix.
  • Allison Willis, Chaparral High School, Scottsdale.

About 118 students are currently receiving the scholarship. During the past academic year, Medallion Fellows received financial support of $ 472,000.

Arizona vehicle owners with the official ASU collegiate license plate issued by the state motor vehicle division pay $ 25 per year for their plates, of which $ 17 supports Medallion Fellows. Sales of ASU-themed license plates began in 1988 and there are now over 32,600 Sun Devil plates on vehicles statewide.

Reconstituted in 2006, the Medallion Fellowship Program grew out of the Alumni Association’s previous Medallion of Merit Fellowship. The original scholarship program dates back to the 1960s and provided merit-based financial aid to thousands of students across the state.

For more information on the Medallion scholarship program, visit alumni.asu.edu/give-back/donate/scholarships-and-funds. To learn more about the license plate program or to purchase a plate, visit alumni.asu.edu/services/asu-license-plates.


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