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    2020 Academic Achievement Awards

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    Ella M. Whitney Award

    This award, named for Ella M. Whitney, an 1891 graduate of Worcester State University (then known as the Worcester Normal School), recognizes the qualities Ms. Whitney exemplified as a student and alumna, including scholarship, social aptitude, personality, leadership, executive ability, growth, loyalty, integrity, and above all else, participation in school activities.

    Dejour Malik Hollins

    Dejour Malik Hollins is an exceptional leader and community member at Worcester State University. Originally from Methuen, Massachusetts, Dejour is a sociology major, with a minor in history. He is also an accomplished student leader involved in many co-curricular activities at Worcester State. Over the past four years, Dejour has been a member of the Third World Alliance (TWA), serving as the public relations chair for two years as well as president. Dejour has also worked as a resident assistant for the past three years and as an Upward Bound residential counselor. Dejour also has a strong commitment to community service. He currently serves as the co-coordinator for the Young Men’s Group on campus, which is dedicated to assisting male students of color in their financial, academic, and social adjustment to higher education; volunteered locally for the Mustard Seed; and participated in the City of Boston Annual Toy Drive. In 2017, Dejour had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for the JetBlue “Check-in for Good” program, three days of hands-on volunteer activities in the Dominican Republic, focusing on youth and education, the community, and the environment. In addition to his involvement on campus and in the community, Dejour was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta, the History National Honor Society, and was also awarded the 2017 ALANA Support Network Award for an Emerging Leader.

    Ellen J. Meyers M.Ed ‘88 Memorial Academic Merit Award

    This award, established in memory of beloved Worcester State University alumna Ellen J. Meyers, M.Ed ’88, by her husband, David Meyers ’76, is given to an undergraduate student achiever with disabilities who has also been actively engaged on campus or in their community.

    Caitlin LaMonda

    Caitlin Noelle LaMonda was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is majoring in psychology with a concentration in developmental processes, and plans to add a concentration in women, gender, and sexuality studies. In the spring 2020 semester, she enjoyed an amazing internship at an elementary school working with children on the autism spectrum. Caitlin has also received the JoyGuru Foundation Scholarship and the DCU/Reach Out for Schools Book Fund. After graduation, her goal is to continue to work with children on the autism spectrum as a behavior technician and to earn a master's degree in applied behavior analysis so that she can become a board-certified behavior analyst.

    John F. Eager Continuing Education Excellence Award

    This award, given in memory of John F. Eager, the late Worcester State University biology professor and former director of the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education, is given to the undergraduate evening program senior who has the highest overall GPA.

    Mariela Gjylapi

    Mariela Gjylapi was born in Korce, Albania, and moved to the United States in September 2015. Before moving to the United States, Mariela completed a bachelor's and a master's degree in informatic economics. She is currently pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting, which she enjoys very much. Mariela works as a tech in client processing at BNY Mellon, where she provides service and support to clients in account and security transaction processing. Mariela is eager to continue developing her knowledge in fund accounting.