Recipients of these prizes exemplify exceptional leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork while demonstrating athletic prowess and academic achievement.
The Bennett Memorial Scholarship is awarded to students who best exemplify the qualities of true sportsmanship.
Bright and motivated, Zackary Dresens (E22) is an exemplary model of a hard-working and driven student-athlete. As a devoted member of Tufts’ Men’s Soccer team, Zackary has demonstrated his aptitude for leadership and his team-oriented nature. Off the soccer field, Zackary has exhibited his strong intellectual curiosity, excelling in Tufts’s demanding chemical engineering curriculum, pursuing a second major in mathematics, and acting as an integral component of Professor Christos Georgakis’s research for Pfizer.
The Alex Elias Memorial Prize Scholarship honors students who embody the qualities of scholar, athlete, and volunteer.
Hardworking, intelligent, and fun, Julian J. Batt (E21)has demonstrated excellence both in and out of the swimming pool. As a nationally ranked swimmer on the Tufts Swimming and Diving Team, co-President of the Tufts Biomedical Engineering Society, a participant in the TUBERS outreach program, and assistant for research cell culture and light-based cancer therapies, Julian consistently exhibits his superlative organizational skills and collegial nature.
Scarlet Bliss (A21) excels as a scholar, athlete, and leader. Selected as a Laidlaw scholar to conduct research on antibiotic resistance in the environment, she has spent the past year developing a virtual course to teach college students around the country about antimicrobial resistance. She leads Tufts’ Women’s Track and Field team as Captain and serves on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Next year, she starts her MS/PhD in Epidemiology.
Eoghan Downey (A22) has attained an extraordinary degree of academic and extra-curricular success, rowing for the Tufts Men’s Rowing Team, participating in outreach programs, and acting as a Laidlaw scholar, all whilst maintaining scholastic excellence. Described as an ideal collaborator with an easy-going manner and friendly personality, multiple professors have cited Eoghan’s innate ability to understand complex topics and clearly articulate his ideas.
Hannah Isenhart (A21), an Economics major with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership, has excelled on the soccer field, in the classroom, and as a volunteer. As a starter on the women’s soccer team, which has made it to the NCAA tournament in each of the three seasons she has competed, she has been a key contributor to her team’s success. At the start of the pandemic, she spearheaded a program that raised over $10,000 to prevent homelessness for struggling families.
Combining genuine intellectual curiosity and very sharp critical mind, John LaLime (A21) serves as a model of both scholastic and athletic success. His contributions to the Tufts swimming team, work as a swimming instructor, and service as a Green Dot Coordinator are emblematic of his accountable, kind, and honest nature. John has demonstrated excellent research skills and academic passion through numerous projects he produced for his coursework and for the Tufts Summer Scholars Program.
Rosana Vitiello (A21) represents the pinnacle of academic and extracurricular excellence. She has proven herself a hardworking, reliable, and energetic individual both as a student and a teaching assistant in Tufts Computer Science and Mathematics courses. As the captain of the Tufts Ultimate Frisbee team, Rosana has exhibited her aptitude for teamwork and collaboration, competing at the national level and earning the award of New England’s Best Freshman in 2018.
The Frederick Melvin Ellis Prize recognizes athletic versatility, academic achievement, and leadership.
Xinjie (Jerry) Chen (E22) is an outstanding biomedical engineering student and a versatile athlete. As a member of the Tufts Men’s Water Polo team, Xinjie has demonstrated his propensity for teamwork and leadership, whilst simultaneously achieving excellent academic performance in challenging classes in science and engineering. Indicative of his desire to help others in meaningful ways, Xinjie has participated in research on traumatic brain injury, volunteers at the Tufts Medical Center, and tutors for the Tufts Literacy Corps.
Harris Hardiman-Mostow (E21) is a truly exceptional scholar-athlete, brimming with intellectual firepower and modest character. As the captain of the Tufts Men’s Rowing Team, Harris has coordinated team trainings on bias, sexism, racism, and sexual misconduct, recently advocating for expansions in Tufts athletics’ recruiting process to be more inclusive of racial and socioeconomic minorities. Harris’s professors note his academic enthusiasm, leadership, and sense of humor, consistently surprised by his humility.
Boris Sorkin (A21) has excelled academically and on the tennis court. Beyond the athletic championships Boris brought to Tufts with his excellent performances in tennis, Boris has worked in biomedical engineering labs by day and served as a residence-assistant by night. Completely down-to-earth and generous, he also volunteers at a shelter for homeless youth and tutors elementary students. With his focus on human health, Boris will study dental medicine after graduation.
An outstanding student and a leader on and off the athletic field, Colette Smith (A22) is a Quantitative Economics major who excels on the lacrosse field. She was part of the team that made the Final Four for the first time in the program’s history, earning NESCAC Rookie of the Year, NESCAC All-Academic honors, and Honorable Mention All-American. Colette volunteers for Harlem Lacrosse, which uses lacrosse to build character and close the gap in opportunity for youth.
Catherine Urquhart (A22) successfully balances academics and athletics, research on environmental health, and volunteer and leadership experiences. A member of the Tufts Equestrian Team, Catherine has also worked as a youth environmental educator and as a peer leader for a Tufts pre-college program. Driven by her passion for equity in human and environmental health, Catherine rescues unwanted food from supermarkets to stock a food pantry in Somerville.
The Lewis F. Manly Memorial Prize recognizes academic excellence combined with superior athletic performance.
Vincent Avallone (A21) leads in the classroom and on the track. He is a Quantitative Economics major whose academic success has been recognized as a four-time member of the NESCAC All-Academic Team. As captain of the men’s track and field team during a challenging year, he has pulled the team together and, alongside his fellow captains, has worked to sustain the supportive and inclusive team culture they experienced in their first three years at Tufts.