Awards Honor RWU Students' Achievements, Impact on Community
On May 7, students, faculty, staff, and families gathered on campus for the annual Student Achievement Awards, celebrating remarkable student dedication and leadership.
BRISTOL, R.I. – Undergraduate students were honored on May 7 during the annual Student Achievement Awards, a celebration in which students are recognized for their co-curricular achievements and impact on the community. Faculty, staff, and students, and families and friends gathered in the Recreation Center to watch the celebration.
Vice President of Student Life John King opened the ceremony with a few remarks. "In our Division of Student Life Learning Model, we believe that as a result of their experience at RWU, students will meaningfully contribute to thriving and diverse communities," he said. "We identify four learning goals to achieve this educational priority: Self Awareness, Healthy Relationships, Cultural Humility, and Community Engagement. Today, we will celebrate shining examples of students fulfilling these learning outcomes along with academic excellence, civic engagement, and leadership."
The Awards recognized 65 students for their efforts and dedication. The late Dr. Mark Sawoski, a beloved professor and founding member of the International Relations major at RWU who passed away in March, was also honored at the ceremony.
The Ally for Mental Health Award honors a student who has made decreasing mental health stigma their goal.
Ally for Mental Health Award
The Charles J. Kelley Award recognizes a student for outstanding work in health promotion to the RWU community.
Kelley Health Service Award
The Student Tour Guide of the Year Award and Student Admissions Assistant of the Year Award recognize and commend students who best reflect the mission and philosophy of the Office of Admission.
Admission Tour Guide of the Year
Student Admissions Assistant of the Year
The Roger Williams University Sustainability Award recognizes a student who made great strides promoting sustainable practices within our campus community.
The IX Violence Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Recognition Award honors students who have worked closely with the Title IX office over the past year.
Title IX Violence Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness Recognition Award
The Club and Organization Members of the Year awards were created to recognize the efforts of Club and Organization members who continuously went above and beyond their duties.
Outstanding Club Member of the Year
Outstanding Organization Member of the Year
Jordan St. Onge
The James R. Russo award is given annually by the Department of Athletics to senior student-athletes who have the highest grade point averages.
James R. Russo Award for Athletic Academic Excellence
Class Awards honor students of each class year who live out the mission of the University and their love of the community through service to the University.
Class Engagement Awards Class of 2022
Class Engagement Awards Class of 2023
Class Engagement Awards Class of 2024
Class Engagement Awards Class of 2025
The Intercultural Center Values and Service Award honors students who have demonstrated sustained commitment to the values of the Intercultural Center initiatives through their engagement and service.
Intercultural Center Values & Service Award
The Resident Assistant of the Year Award is given to an outstanding staff member who goes above and beyond their responsibilities.
Resident Assistant of the Year
The Peer Mentor of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding Peer Mentor who demonstrated commitment, reliability, professionalism, and enthusiasm throughout the year.
Peer Mentor of the Year
The International Student Leadership Award was created to recognize a student for their dedication and commitment to campus internationalization and international engagement.
International Student Leadership Award
The Melissa Carrasquillo Award for Intercultural Citizenship is awarded to a graduating senior who demonstrated exceptional commitment to social justice and inclusion.
Melissa Carrasquillo Award for Intercultural Citizenship
Melisa Calvo Vides
For the past several years, the Student Senate gives just over $10,000 in scholarships to our students.
The Student Senate has established the Activism Scholarship with the desire to assist students excelling in academics and are meaningfully engaged in co-curricular activities.
Student Senate Activism Scholarships
Ainsley Iovanna $2,000
Andrea Arriaga Cota $1,000
Nikki Rosa $1,000
The Student Senate has established the Academic Achievement Scholarship with the desire to assist students who are intensely engaged in academics at Roger Williams University.
Student Senate Academic Achievement Scholarships
Rameesa Wajid $2,000
Samantha Papcun $1,000
Joshua Sears $1,000
New this year, the Student Senate established the Academic Resource Scholarships with the desire to assist students who are intensely engaged in academics at Roger Williams University. One winner was selected from each academic school and awarded a $500 textbook scholarship to the school bookstore.
Student Senate Academic Resource Scholarship
Nicole Kowalewski, School of Humanities & Education
Emma Dunn, School of Social & Natural Sciences
Isaish Saint-Vil, Gabelli School of Business
Erin LoMonaco, School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation
Jarielys Polonio, School of Justice Studies
Daniel Fontana, School of Engineering, Computing & Construction Management
The Dr. Mark Gould Award for Commitment to Student Learning is sponsored by the Roger Williams University Student Senate. This award was renamed to commemorate the late Dr. Mark Gould and recognizes faculty members who are excellent educators.
Dr. Mark Gould Commitment to Student Learning Award
The late Dr. Mark Sawoski
The Lt. Charles A. Henderson, USN '99 Spirit Award includes a monetary award in memory of Lt. Charles A. Henderson III USN '99. It is awarded to a graduating senior with graduate school aspirations who best and most consistently demonstrates the embodiment of a true scholar.
Lt. Charles A. Henderson Scholarship for Outstanding Tutor in Writing
Lt. Charles A. Henderson Scholarship for Outstanding Tutor in Math
Lt. Charles A. Henderson Scholarship for Outstanding Tutor in Science
Lt. Charles A. Henderson Spirit Scholarship
The Dr. J. Harold G. Way Scholarship Award was established in memory of Dr. Harold Way, former University faculty member from 1969 to 1974. This award is based upon a student's strong academic standing and their contribution to the University community.
Dr. J. Harold G. Way Scholarship Award
The Karen R. Haskell Senior Leadership Award is named for former Dean of Students, Dr. Karen Haskell, who fully embraced sustained student leadership and engagement in the campus community.
Karen R. Haskell Senior Leadership Award
The President's Core Values Medallion recognizes graduating seniors who best exemplify the core values of the institution.
President's Core Values Medallion
Melisa Calvo Vides
Camila Uriona Gambo