Athletics

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.  

Hayley Bernstein is described by her professors as showing outstanding skills both academically and athletically. An Economics major with minors in Judaic Studies and Finance, Haley has excelled in difficult courses across the university, capping off her time at Tufts with a semester studying abroad in Spain. Haley has been a key contributor to the women’s soccer team, starting all 20 games in a season where the team made the Sweet Sixteen.

The Alex Elias Memorial Prize Scholarship honors students who embody the qualities of scholar, athlete, and volunteer. 

Meghan Davis has excelled in the classroom, in the community, and in athletics. A Biomedical Engineering major, Meghan is a fixture on the Dean’s List and highly involved in research. She brings her skills to communities in need through Engineers without Borders, where she is now serving as chapter president and spearheading two major projects. Meghan’s athletic achievements include competing on the varsity cross-country and track teams and serving as the track team captain for 2022.

An integral member of the Tufts Men’s Varsity Soccer Team, a tutor, and a researcher of alternatives to fossil fuels, Zackary Dresens consistently impresses with each passing semester both academically and athletically. Described by Coach Dezotell as “a true model of the type of student we all hope to fill our athletic programs with at high academic institutions like Tufts”, Zack’s ardent passion for soccer is rivaled only by his pursuits in Chemical Engineering.

Shloke Sahay shows incredible promise as a student of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Having successfully completed projects where she created an arcade game, an AM transmitter, a pulse detector, and a neural network, she is also a dedicated member of the Tufts Varsity Squash Team. A remarkable undergraduate student, already enrolled in graduate-level engineering courses, Shloke continuously proves how far passion can take a person.

Deeply involved with swim programs within and outside of Tufts, Elliot Trahan has been a member of the Tufts Club Water Polo team for several years and served as Co-captain in Fall 2021. His service commitments are global, spanning teaching English in eastern Europe, sustainability projects in South America, and volunteering to drive Tufts students to the COVID vaccine appointments in Boston. A double major in American Studies and Environmental Studies, Elliot has demonstrated the ability to combine his understanding of the world with the tangible work needed to bring about positive changes.

The Frederick Melvin Ellis Prize recognizes athletic versatility, academic achievement, and leadership. 

There are few students as thoughtful and proactive as Matthew Lane, two adjectives that barely scratch the surface of his achievements. A stalwart member of the Men’s Lacrosse Team, Professor Tom Downes describes Matthew as “a resource for his classmates” who seek out Matthew for his good advice about academics. Matthew notably led a campaign that raised $40,000 for Movember, a fund that supports mental health and suicide awareness for boys and men.

Hanna Neilon is a shining example of passion and dedication to the Track and Field team. A member for all four years and a team captain for the last two, Hanna has set a new school record for the outdoor 4×800 meter relay and achieved a record in the 800-meter dash, which ranks her as the second ever Jumbo in the outdoor 800 meters. All these achievements are complemented by her passion for leading young people; she has been a volunteer counselor at Massachusetts Girl’s State since 2018.

Acknowledged by coaches, captains, and teammates for her athletic achievements and leadership, Lia Rotti was the winner of the “Best Rookie” award last season. Her athletic achievements are numerous; notably, she tied a school record in long jump that had stood for nearly two decades. Despite her many achievements, Lia continues to be humble, her coach noting that “The one time she celebrated an accomplishment was when she made a huge personal best at a Williams meet”.

A phenomenal student, Rachel Wagner is described by Professor Pablo Ruiz as “among the brightest I’ve had in my twelve years as a professor at Tufts.” Rachel is also notably supportive of her colleagues, teammates, and classmates. A member of the Varsity Women’s Rowing Team, the Club Boxing Team, and a board member of Tufts Climate Action, Rachel’s desire to help others culminates in her work with adult English learners from Brazil for the Medford based Potencia.

The Lewis F. Manly Memorial Prize recognizes academic excellence combined with superior athletic performance.  

A stellar lacrosse player, Colette Smith is also an outstanding student and leader on campus. She is writing a senior honors thesis in Quantitative Economics, has worked on mental health initiatives to benefit the athletics community, and wrote a weekly column for the Tufts Daily highlighting brands that are minority-owned or used sustainable fashion practices. A core offensive member of the women’s lacrosse team, Collette earned the title of NESCAC Rookie of the Year.