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Anton Aluquin Health Policy/Admin (BS)

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Awards

President's Freshman Award, Dean's List, Leadership Treasurer and Fundraising Chair of Singing Lions, High School Class Vice President, TEDxYouth@ChocolateAve Founder and Lead Organizer

Scholarships

Academic Excellence Scholarship

Internships

Penn State Hershey Medical Center Healthcare Career Exploration Program David Kennedy Lab

Languages

Spanish

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Mikara Anderson Agribusiness Mgmt (UMNR)
Animal Science (BS)
Wildlife/Fish Scien (UMNR)

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Leadership

PSU Block and Bridle Club corresponding secretary. Dairy Science Club - assistant cheese box fundraiser chairman, LEAD Society (Literacy, Education, and Agricultural Development). Americorps at the Raystown Lake Project as a Student Conservation Assistant. Pennsylvania FFA State Officer team, Spring Creek Diner waitress and manage 75 sheep on my parents farm, Bele-Boyd Ranch.

Awards

Dairy Science Club 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen

Scholarships

I’ve received many scholarships to this point to help offset the cost of my college education, most of which are agriculturally related.

Languages

English, Spanish

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Chinelolum Anonyuo Engr Premajor (PMAJ)

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Leadership

ECC Marketing Associate, MEPO Mentor Assistant

Scholarships

Lucier Engineering Scholarship, Buton-Waller Fellowship

Languages

English

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David Babaian Liberal Arts (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Captain, Mock Trial Association; Student Conduct Advisor, University Park Undergraduate Association; Class President (High School)

Awards

Good Citizenship Award, Fifth Congressional District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Dean's List; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Scholarships

Dermenjian Scholarship for Armenian Students; Delaware County Historical Society Scholarship

Internships

Law Offices of George S. Yacoubian Jr., LLC

Languages

Armenian, English

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Leah Black Div of Ug Studies (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP Mentor), Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity (Recruitment Administrative Officer), College Republicans (Director of Special Events), Wall Street Boot Camp (Graduate)

Awards

Dean's List (2/2 Semesters), President's Award for Educational Excellence, National Honor Society, and highest academic average on Boyertown's volleyball team.

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Madison Borkovich Info Sciences & Tech (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Women in Information Science and Technology’s Mentoring Panel, Junior Panhellenic Council

Awards

President’s Freshman Award.Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen, Gold Award for a Cross Cultural Literacy Initiative Project, In high school, I was awarded a student athlete certification for both years I played softball (holding above a 3.5 GPA,) and received the cumulative highest honors award each of my four years, due to graduating with a 4.27 GPA in the top ten percent of the class.

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Scholarship, Penn State Provost Award, Forbes Regional Hospital, the Pennsylvania State Elks Foundation, Fox Chapel Garden Club. 

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Maryah Burney Communications (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Director of Community Engagement for Schreyer for Women, PRCC Liaison, BLUEprint mentor, Treasurer for Minorities in Schreyer, Scholar Ambassador for the honors college, Multimedia Contributor for SovTv, Visuals Contributor for The Underground, Founder of Steppin' Up Girls Empowerment Summit, National Honor Society President, Co-Founder of Activism Club

Awards

Dean's List, President's Volunteer Service Award, World Affairs Council of Harrisburg Martin Luther King Jr. Poetry Contest 1st Place Winner, National History Day:  2nd place in the region, 3rd in the state (2016), 1st place in the region (2017), 3rd place in the region, 3rd in the state (2018), 2nd in the region (2019)

Scholarships

Bunton Waller Undergraduate Merit Award, Francis R. Pentz and Helen M. Pentz Memorial Academic Excellence scholarship, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Scholarship and Student Endowment, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc, Kappa Omicron Sigma’s Purpose Driven Scholarship 2019

Internships

Content Intern for Redoux, Press Intern for Destini Hodges for Magisterial Judge, Press Intern for the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

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Lara Colmenter Earth & Mineral Sci (PMAJ)

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Leadership

I am a staff member at Key Bees Camp in Key Biscayne, FL.

Awards

I was awarded the President's Freshman Award at Penn State. Recipient of the Starfish Award. Recipient of the honorable mention in the 89th Annual Beaux Art Competition of the University of Miami.

Internships

Business management intern at Wynwood Editions in Miami, FL.

Languages

I am able to speak Spanish and English, and I am proficient in French.

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Owen DelMonte Business Admin (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Assistant manager at Reel Cinemas Narberth, Founder of Craft Camps (currently working on building this digital camp for this summer in lieu of traditional summer camps)

Scholarships

Cederstrom-Sargent Scholarship Fund

Languages

English, Some Spanish

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Geneva Flarend Science (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Judge - Best Attorney at Blue and White Courtroom Classic and University of Pittsburgh Mock Trial Tournament, Altoona Area High School Student Ambassador, Crisis Text Line Counselor, National Honor Society Member and President’s Award for Educational Excellence recipient

Awards

Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Special Judge’s Award

Internships

antibiotic natural product discovery

Languages

English and French

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Esteban Galindo-Carvajal Architecture (BARCH)

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Leadership

High School: Retreat Leader and Speaker on 3 occasions in High School, small group presentation/discussion leader through Guidance office and Multicultural Affairs and Community Development Office on a number of occasions, member of a select group serving to organize and execute community wide fundraiser over a year and a half long period, Drama Guild Head of Construction & Backstage Manager. Penn State Leadership: College of Arts and Architecture Arts Ambassador, member of Engagement and Advocacy Committee, Member of Student Council Reconstitution Committee.

Awards

Loyalty and Service Award (High School), National Honors Society (High School)

Internships

Lived in Colombia for two years and attended school there.

Languages

English and Spanish

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John Howard Science (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Philanthropy Committee Chair, Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity; Member, Men’s Club Volleyball; Member, College Democrats

Awards

President’s Freshman Award, Dean’s List, Eagle Scout, Illinois All State

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Scholarship

Internships

Internships Data Analytics, Center for Nonprofit Management at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

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Akshay Khanna Neuroscience (UMNR)
Premedical - Medical (BS)
Psychology (UMNR)

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Leadership

Vice President of fundraising in Omega Chi Sigma Business Fraternity

Awards

2015 Gold President’s Award for Academic Achievement, AP Scholar With Distinction, National AP Scholar, 2019 US Presidential Scholar Nominee, President's Freshmen Award

Internships

Research Columbia University Medical Center Mitochondrial Signaling Lab, Stanford Anesthesiology Summer Institute Capstone Research Project on Sjogren's Syndrome, Rutgers Waksman Student Scholars Research Program in molecular genetics

Languages

English, Hindi, Latin, French, Punjabi

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Alexandria Koehl Div of Ug Studies (PMAJ)

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Awards

Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence Leadership: Director of Programming for Empower Orphans

Scholarships

Provost Award and Academic Excellence Award from PSU

Languages

English, proficient Spanish, and some ASL

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Abigail La Porta Non Crdt Professionl Develpmnt
Arch Engr Premajor (PMAJ)

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Awards

National Merit Scholarship Finalist (2019), Top 10% of SCAHS Class of 2019 (2015-19), SCAHS Faculty Award (2019), State College Girls’ Basketball Coaches’ Award (2019), AP Scholar with Distinction (2019), Kiwanis Basketball Tournament “Most Valuable Person” (2018) Leadership: Sunrise Movement State College Founder and Co-Lead (2018-present), This Is Zero Hour national team (2019-present)

Scholarships

Paul Morrow Endowed Scholarship

Internships

passive house technology with Dr. Freihaut SCAHS German Exchange Program (2018)

Languages

English, German

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Malcolm MacKenzie Acting (BFA)

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Leadership

Youth Company Captain (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks), Student Representative (Penn State School of Theatre), Co- President (High School GSSU

Scholarships

Pheaa, Pittsburgh Promise

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Chimwemwe Mitole Business Admin (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Awarded Distinguished Member of Sapphire Leadership Program - Student Leader in Salt Company Ministry - New Student Orientation Leader English, Spanish (reading and writing)

Scholarships

Sons & Daughters Scholarship (Arconic) -Winner of KPMG, PWC, and Deloitte case competitions at Penn State

Internships

Currently working with research team to develop an app that assists in depression treatment

Languages

English, Spanish (reading and writing)

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Amanda Mohamed Civic & Comnty Engmt (UMNR)
Liberal Arts (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Assistant Director - Students Teaching Students, Member - Penn State Alternative Breaks, Member - Women in Business, Member - Eco-Action, Member- Spanish Club, Member - Spanish Immersion Club, ROTEX with Rotary Youth Exchange. High School Member - Student Council, Member - National Honor Society, Member - Spanish Honor Society Member - Service Club, Women’s Volleyball and Basketball Manager

Awards

Rotary Youth Exchange Outstanding Exchange Student (gap year) Dean’s List

Scholarships

Rotary Youth Exchange Study Abroad (gap year) STARTALK Arabic Academy (high school)

Languages

English, Dutch, Spanish

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Aryath Narayanamangalam Engr Premajor (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Event Coordinator for the Schreyer Student Council, Mentor for Schreyer Honors Orientation (SHO TIME), Downingtown STEM Academy Class of 2019 Co-President in Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Year of High School, Co-Founder of Diwali For Downingtown (pushed local school district to recognize Diwali as an official holiday on the calendar via a petition with 16,000+ signatures), Founding Member and Lead Witness of Downingtown STEM Mock Trial Team (high school), Executive Council Member of Downingtown Speech and Debate Team (high school), Master of Ceremonies for TEDxYouth@DSA (high school), Vice President of Downingtown STEM TSA (high school)

Scholarships

Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship Awards: Penn State Dean’s List Fall 2019, Awarded summa cum laude honors at high school graduation in 2019, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Recipient, HOSA International Finalist in Biomedical Debate in 2018, FBLA 2nd in Region for Entrepreneurship and Global Business in 2017 and 2018, DECA 2nd in State for Entrepreneurship in 2019, Nationally Ranked Public Forum Debater in the NCFL in 2018

Internships

Learning for Life Engineering Program Internship at Sikorsky from Summer 2016 to Summer 2017, Internship/Career Exploration at DSM Biomedical in Summer 2018

Languages

Fluent in English, Telugu, and general proficiency in Spanish

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Alyssa Ortiz Kinesiology (BS)

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Leadership

New Student Orientation Leader; Senior Council Member (high school); Captain, Townsend Harris High School Junior Varsity Volleyball

Awards

School Medal for Excellence in Physics; Townsend Harris High School Certificate for Excellence in Performing Arts

Scholarships

Bunton Waller Fellow; Provost Award; Janet Atwood Honors Scholarship in the Department of Kinesiology; Kinesiology

Internships

EF Educational Tours: 2 week program in Peru

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Joshua Reynolds Liberal Arts (PMAJ)

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Leadership

At-Large Representative of the 15th Assembly, University Park Undergraduate Association; Programming Chair, Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council; (High School) Track and Field Boy's Captain

Awards

The President's Freshman Award for maintaining a 4.0 GPA during my first semester at Penn State (and Dean's List for maintaining a 3.5+ GPA during my first year); National Honors Society for maintaining an average grade of 93 or higher throughout high school; National Chemistry Olympiad Regional Finalist during my junior year of high school, for the highest score in my region on the Chemistry Olympiad test

Scholarships

Chaiken Trustee Scholarship; Wolf Family Renaissance Scholarship; misc. scholarships from my church

Languages

Spanish (proficient, six years of study); Chinese (basic, one semester of study so far)

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Asna Rizwan Science (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Pennsylvania Federation of Democratic Women (PFDW Tri-County Chapter), Youth and Government Statewide Associate Justice (high school)

Service

Peer Adviser at UPUA's Student and Organization Rights Advisers (SORA), YMCA Youth and Government Alumni Volunteer, Dawah in Action, National Honors Society (high school)

Awards

Dean's List, AP Scholar with Distinction

Scholarships

Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship, Provost's Award, Lisa M. Waller Striving for Excellence

Internships

Undergraduate Research Assistant at The Monshausen Lab researching FER-dependent mechanical and RALF signaling in Arabidopsis seedlings Internship World Affairs Council of Harrisburg

Languages

English, Hindi, Urdu

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Najee Rodriguez International Poltcs (BA)
History (BA)

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Leadership

UPUA First-Year Representative, UPUA College of the Liberal Arts Representative, UPUA Justice & Equity Committee Chair, East Ridge High School Student Body President, Team Leader at Chick-Fil-A Four Corners

Scholarships

AP Scholar with Distinction Award, Chaiken Family Trustee Scholarship, South Lake Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Student Leader Scholarship, Chick-Fil-A Remarkable Futures Scholarship

Languages

Spanish

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Ian Stahley Div of Ug Studies (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Students for Life Treasurer, Newman Catholic Student Association Intramural Sports Coordinator, AURORA Expedition Leader, Retreat Leader (high school), Spark Program participant (2020)

Service

National Honor Society (2017-2019), Organized and facilitated fundraiser to provide sporting equipment to a middle school in an impoverished area, YMCA Junior Lifeguard (2015-2016), Project Haiti

Awards

President's Freshman Award, Dean's List

Scholarships

2019 Penn State Chapter of Greater Tampa Scholarship

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Prahalad Venkateswaran Landscape Arch (BLA)

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Leadership

Boy Scouts of America, Troop's Patrol Leaders, Troop Guide, Eagle Scout.

Internships

Research Dr. Stephen Mainzer, examining the Socio-ecological Structure of Pro-environmental Governance in Pennsylvania. Internships Hundredhands, and a web design firm called InformedXP.

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Alexandra Wells Div of Ug Studies (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Musical Theatre Student Committee Languages: English Internships: #HereToo Theatre and Activism Project

Languages

Spanish

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Noah Wiggins Health & Human Dev (PMAJ)

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Leadership

Captain Science Olympiad Team, Founder and President of Health Sciences Club, Cultural Alliance President, Captain of Ice Hockey Team, Captain of the Ultimate Frisbee Team, Senior Patrol Leader

Awards

Deans List Award (2020), Princeton Book Prize of Western Pennsylvania (2018), Eagle Scout (Bronze Palm Recipient & Order of the Arrow)

Scholarships

Jane B. Slep Honors Scholarship from the College of HHD

Internships

Research “Computer Vision Syndrome Management and Relief” - Research Reward: John G Rangos School of Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Health Sciences Study Abroad Optometrist Technician Medical Mission Work in Honduras (2015, 2018)

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Kyrah Williams Biology (BS)

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Leadership

Co-President for Youth and Government

Awards

Silver Award, Girl Scouts 10 Year Award, 4.0 GPA Award, The Directors Award for Orchestra

Scholarships

Millennium Scholars, School First Award, Redlands Rotary Club Foundation

Internships

Research COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics & Science) Project: Comparison of Hemagglutination Activity in Bovine Blood at Varying pH Levels

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Alexander Wind Journalism (UMNR)
Political Science (UMNR)
Musical Theatre (BFA)

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Leadership

Musical Theatre Student Committee Languages: English Internships: #HereToo Theatre and Activism Project

Scholarships

Musical Theatre Talent Merit Scholarship, Kissin’ Annie Scholarship, Musical Theatre Alumni Scholarship

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Ezekiel Winitsky Film Production (BA)

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Leadership

NFTY PAR head Songleader, Phi Chi Theta Pledge Class Social Chair, Jewish Sauce Boss Social Media Intern

Scholarships

Schreyers Honor Student, National AP scholar

Internships

Development Intern at Vybe Urgent Care

Languages

Spanish