Penn State Brandywine has recognized students who have earned academic honors. Their accomplishments were celebrated through a virtual academic recognition website, which included a video message of congratulations from Chancellor Marilyn J. Wells. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual ceremony that is usually held on campus was held in a virtual format.
“Welcome to our inaugural virtual spring academic recognition ceremony,” Wells said in her message. “We are pleased that you will help us celebrate what our campus is all about — academic excellence. In these times, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the great work of our students. Know we are proud of you and celebrate you!”
Nearly 300 full- and part-time students were honored for achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. Of those, 63 students achieved the honor for two years, 32 achieved it for three years and 14 achieved it for four years.
Students who earned the President’s Freshman Award, the President Sparks Award and the Evan Pugh Scholar Award were also recognized.
Established in 1960, the President’s Freshman 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 in which the award is given. Candidates are eligible for this award if they have not exceeded 35 total credits earned.
Recipients of the President’s Freshman Award were Joseph Davis, Nicole DiPalma, Mohamed Fayed, Zachary Friggle, Dana Hallahan, Noah Hartman, Juliana Heppard, Muhson Ishfaq, Eleanora Margulis, Smriti Marwaha, Samantha Mendicino, Eliska Nerudova, Christopher Slough, Frank Smith, Miranda Stein, Matthew Susanto, Armin Toshtzar, Pin Han Tseng, Jessica Wickersham, Zixin Xiao, Honmei Zheng and Julia Zona.
The President Sparks 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. Edwin Earle Sparks was the president of the University from 1908 to 1920.
Recipients of the President Sparks Award were Raisa Abuhassan and Venkata Sai Renusree Bandaru.
The Evan Pugh Scholar Awards are given to 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 in which the award is given. Candidates are eligible if they have been full-time Penn State undergraduate students for at least four semesters prior to selection. The juniors this year have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.99 and above. The seniors this year have cumulative grade-point averages of 4.00 and above.
Recipients of the Evan Pugh Scholar Award were Ashley Gardner, Caleb Madison and Adi Yom-Tov.