• Special Academic Awards

    2021 Academic Achievement Awards

    Robert H. Kyle Award for Excellence in Liberal Studies

    This award, established by Worcester State University Associate Vice President and Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education Dr. Bobbi Kyle and her family, in memory of Robert H. Kyle, who embraced lifelong learning and interdisciplinary education, is given to the highest-ranking, graduating senior majoring in liberal studies.

    Jaymi-Lyn Souza

    Jaymi-Lyn Souza is a history and liberal studies major with minors in computer science and pre-law. She is extensively involved both at Worcester State and in the overall community. She has been involved in numerous organizations at Worcester State including SGA (president), Student Senate (chair), AUC, and the Academic Success Center and Writing Center (tutor). She has completed research on topics such as the Chinese legal system and the social implications of data mining and has completed internships in the legal department at FORMA Theraputic and Joseph Kennedy III's U.S. Senate campaign. She is an advocate for food insecurity, and Title IX. She has received many other awards, including the Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan Junior Academic Achievement Award, the Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan Senior Academic Achievement Award, and the Professor Cheng & Christina Yuan Award. In her junior year, Jaymi-Lyn was diagnosed with ADHD and PTSD, which made it more difficult to maintain her academic and social performance. While she was hesitant to accept accommodations, she has found that they have helped her overcome these barriers to her success. After graduation, she plans to work as a paralegal and pursue a law degree.