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Past Recipient

2013 – Katie Golden

Katie Golden attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, graduating in 2014 with a major in psychology and a minor in history.  She was a Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar and member of the Honors College; she worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Honors College.  While at UMBC, Katie volunteered with the Refugee Youth Project, College Gardens, and Walden Circle Community Center.  She completed a senior honors thesis studying the psychological sense of community among Latin American immigrant families in the Baltimore-D.C. metro area.  Currently, Katie is working as Communications Assistant for Baltimore City Councilman Jim Kraft.  She is thrilled to be working at the intersection of policy, legislation, and public service in Baltimore.

2012 – Micaela Perez Ferrero

Micaela graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BA in Political Science in May 2013.  A Sondheim Public Affairs Scholar, Micaela focused on education, policy, and human rights.  Since her freshman year, she has volunteered with various at-risk youth including inner city children and special needs students.  Micaela integrated her classroom learning with hands-on internships with Baltimore County Public Schools and Teach for America.  In Fall 2012, she studied abroad in Costa Rica as a Shattuck Family Entrepreneurial Scholar.  She will begin her first year of teaching Spanish as a Teach for America Corps Member in Baltimore.  Simultaneously,  Micaela will be pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Ultimately, Micaela hopes to ensure that all children receive the quality education that they deserve.

2011 – Monroe Kennedy

Monroe graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in May 2012 after attaining a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  At UMBC, Monroe was a Meyerhoff Scholar and was active on campus, including through the National Society for Black Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. He was also responsible for founding DEVICE at UMBC, encouraging engineering students to develop the skills necessary for futures in project management.  Monroe is currently a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania and sees higher education as an important path through which he may give back to others.

2010 – Nateé Johnson

Nateé graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Spanish in 2011. As a leader at UMBC, Nateé was actively involved on campus, including with the National Society for Black Engineers, as a Student Ambassador, and as a tutor. She was a role model for many aspiring engineers, integrating service and developing a broad milieu by studying abroad in Chile during the Fall of 2008. After graduating, Nateé moved on to graduate school, where she is currently pursuing PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Nateé seeks to foster a love of science and engineering in the next generation as she works with “at risk” youth in encouraging them to provide themselves and their society with a brighter future.

2009 – Stephen Murray

Stephen graduated in Spring 2009 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) with a degree in Computer Engineering. As a scholar and student leader, he worked as a staff member for many years in residence halls and helped out at various student events across UMBC. He quickly rose to a student manager position and was responsible for teaching and serving as a role model for other students as well as those who worked with him. He was recognized across the community as a contributor to the success of many individuals. Most of all, Stephen carries a passion to serve others and a courage to lift spirits wherever he goes. He hopes to teach and conduct research in the future after obtaining his PhD degree in Structural and Computational Biology.