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2020 Student Awards

Each year we honor students who demonstrate academic achievement, strong character, leadership skills, community involvement and many more outstanding qualities during our Annual Spring Honors & Awards Ceremony.

Below are the 2020 honorees:

Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award

The Blue Key Academic and Leadership Award is provided by the Blue Key Honor Society to a student in recognition of outstanding leadership and achievement skills.

  • Brianna J. Spalaris, McMurray, PA

Delta Sigma Pi Chapter Collegian of the Year Award

The Delta Sigma Pi Collegian of the Year Award is presented to the outstanding collegiate member who has exemplified the values inherent in the Ritual and perpetuated the ideals as set forth in the Purpose of the Fraternity. The award recognizes an individual for their contributions, achievements, participation, and personal character.

  • Megan M. Quinan, East Northport, NY

Delta Sigma Pi Scholastic Key Award

The Delta Sigma Pi Scholastic Key Award is provided by Delta Sigma Pi, an international, professional business fraternity at Clemson. A scholastic key is presented at every business college in the United States to the student with one of the highest overall grade point ratios.

  • Amanda R. Maguire, Clemson, SC

The Michael Paluzzi Award

This award is named in memory of Michael Paluzzi, who was a sophomore management major at Clemson. The student receiving the Michael Paluzzi Award is selected by the Kappa Tau chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. In addition to demonstrating high academic achievement, the winner must possess a positive attitude, display strong leadership skills, and demonstrate commitment to the organization.

  • Jessica A. Cole, Chapin, SC

Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit

The Phi Kappa Phi Certificate of Merit is given to a graduating senior who has a GPA of at least 3.4 and has made noteworthy contributions to their department, the College, and Clemson University in the areas of leadership, creative endeavors, or service.

  • Bethany A. Wheeler, Easley, SC

Wallace Dabney Trevillian Merit Award

The Wallace Dabney Trevillian Merit Award is given in honor of the late Dr. Wallace D. Trevillian, Dean Emeritus of the College. A senior, with one of the highest scholastic records in the college, is selected on the basis of their outstanding character and leadership involvement in student organizations.

  • Banner Brock, Lookout Mountain, GA

ScanSource Leader of Tomorrow Award

The ScanSource Leader of Tomorrow Award is presented by the ScanSource Corporation to students involved in our I Lead! program. Assisted by a ScanSource mentor, these students participate in a case competition before ScanSource executives. The top student receives an internship offer from ScanSource.

  • Rachel E. Zurcher, College Grove, TN

ScanSource Leader of Tomorrow Finalist Award

  • Zachary J. Cardow, Seneca, SC
  • Kelly Cherry, Chester Springs, PA
  • Jessica A. Cole, Chapin, SC
  • Daphne N. Cottle, Coconut Creek, FL

College of Business Award for the Outstanding Senior in the Field of Business

The award for Outstanding Senior in the Field of Business is bestowed upon a senior from the traditional business disciplines who has been judged to be superior in terms of their cumulative Grade Point Ratio, professional activities, and their potential for future contributions within their field of study.

  • Bryson M. Walcott, Huntersville, NC

College of Business Award for Outstanding Senior in Research

The award for Outstanding Senior in Research is presented to a student who has completed the most meritorious undergraduate research project of the year. Projects are evaluated in terms of the significance of their research question, the elegance of their method and design, and the clarity of their written presentation.

  • Hanna C. Wink, West Bloomfield, MI

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Business

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Business is conferred upon a senior business major who has excelled in all aspects of the business curriculum and has demonstrated the potential to make a significant contribution to their discipline.

  • Emma K. Lee, Greenwood, SC

School of Accountancy

The Deloitte LLP Achievement Award

The Deloitte LLP Achievement Award is presented to a graduate student who demonstrates outstanding potential for success in an accounting career.

  • Caroline L. Clayton, Mt. Pleasant, SC

The Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Achievement Award

The Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Achievement Award is bestowed upon a graduate student who demonstrates exemplary scholarship and outstanding potential for success in the accounting profession.

  • Heather R. Godbold, Darlington, SC

The Elliott Davis Achievement Award

The Elliott Davis Achievement Award is given to a graduate student who displays scholarship, leadership, and the potential for service in the public accounting profession.

  • Chris Thompson, Germantown, PA

The Ernst & Young LLP Achievement Award

The Ernst & Young LLP Achievement Award is presented to a graduate student to recognize outstanding academic achievement, leadership skills, and participation in extracurricular activities.

  • Emily A. Maziarski, Sparta, NJ

The Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Intern

The Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Intern is given to a graduate student who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in the internship program.

  • Maggie H. King, Hendersonville, NC

The Federation of Schools of Accountancy Award

The Federation of Schools of Accountancy is an organization that promotes graduate education in accounting. The faculty of member schools selects the recipient of this award based on a student's academic performance, extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and character.

  • Laina R. Carnes, Lexington, SC

The Grant Thornton LLP Achievement Award

The Grant Thornton LLP Achievement Award is presented to a senior returning to the accounting program at Clemson. The award recognizes distinguished integrity, teamwork and leadership activities, and a dedication to the accounting program and profession.

  • Jake T. Genovere, Edgewater, MD

The J. C. Hubbard Award

The J. C. Hubbard Award is given to a graduating senior who is cited for excellence in collegiate activities.

  • Danielle M. Anthony, Allentown, NJ

The KPMG LLP Achievement Award

A cash award and certificate are presented annually to a senior accounting major who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, leadership and extracurricular activities.

  • Meghan E. McGuinness, Morristown, NJ

The KPMG LLP Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award

The KPMG LLP Achievement Award is presented to a senior accounting major who has demonstrated excellence in the classroom, leadership skills and has participated in extracurricular activities.

  • Meghan N. McBride, Chadds Ford, PA

The PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Achievement Award

The Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP Achievement Award is conferred upon a graduate student recognized for academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, leadership skills, and excellent character.

  • Collin B. O’Dell, Anderson, SC

The James A. Turner Award in Federal Taxation

The James A. Turner Award in Federal Taxation is presented to students who have demonstrated superior performance in the study of federal taxation and have exhibited outstanding promise for a successful career in the accounting profession.

  • Kathryn K. Harris, Newark, DE
  • Jalen W. Tatum, Simpsonville, SC

The William Brian Moody ’86 Annual Award

The William Brian Moody ’86 Annual Award is bestowed upon accounting students who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance as well as leadership.

  • Amy M. Andrews, Whitmire, SC
  • Xinyi Peng, Guangzhou, China
  • Katelyn Sutherland, Waxhaw, NC
  • Alexandra L. Tampas, Maryville, TN

Department of Economics

Harvey J. Wheeler Award for Outstanding Senior in Economics

The Harvey J. Wheeler award is presented by family, friends, and colleagues as a memorial to Dr. Harvey J. Wheeler, who served as the first Chair of the Economics Department. The recipients of this award are graduating seniors who have exhibited the best overall performance.

  • Banner Brock, Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Alexi E. Hecht, Atlanta, GA
  • Monica D. Moody, Dallas, TX
  • Reaves Wannamaker, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Hugh H. Macaulay Award For Outstanding Graduate Student

Professor Hugh H. Macaulay, a life-long leader in economic education at Clemson University, endowed a fund for the purpose of recognizing outstanding performance in the graduate program. The Hugh H. Macaulay Award is given to the student who has demonstrated the most promise in graduate coursework.

  • Ilya Polovnikov, Dnipro, Ukraine

Marian L. Harris Award for Excellence in Economics

The Marian L. Harris Award for Excellence in Economics was created by the Economics Department in memory of Marian L. Harris, who together with her son John, was a long-time supporter of the department's undergraduate program. Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of superior classroom performance, a high-quality senior thesis, or outstanding service.

  • Casey L. Acosta, Chantilly, VA
  • Sarah M. Danahy, Stewart, FL
  • Grace G. Griffith, Atlanta, GA
  • Jack Oconnell, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Jackson W. West, Spartanburg, SC

Department of Finance

James D. "Jay" Westmoreland, CFP® ’89 Award for Merit

The James D. Westmoreland, CFP ’89 Award for Merit was established by Jay Westmoreland. Mr. Westmoreland is a Clemson Alumni and a member of the Finance Advisory Board. Community service and philanthropy are important to Mr. Westmoreland, and the recipient of this award has demonstrated a commitment to serving the well-being of others, in addition to a strong academic record.

  • Alexandra G. Dawes, Mooresville, NC

Richard H. Klein Award in Finance for Scholarship and Service

The Richard H. Klein Award in Finance for Scholarship and Service was established in honor of Dr. Richard H. Klein. Dr. Klein served Clemson University for 25 years as a professor of Finance. The award is given to a senior who has both demonstrated exemplary academic performance and has contributed to the community, nation, or to their fellow students.

  • Emma K. Lee, Greenwood, SC
  • Jacob A. Siebert, Fort Mill, SC

Department of Finance Annual Banking and Investment Award

  • Anthony W. Sanders, Hardeeville, SC

Department of Finance Annual Corporate Finance Award

  • Liam C. Reilly, Dallas, TX

Department of Finance Annual Financial Planning Award

  • Jennifer R. Hagadorn, Burnt Hills, NY

Department of Finance Annual Real Estate Award

  • Michael W. Avore, Clover, SC

Department of Management

Alan D. Wheeler Management Merit Award

The Alan D. Wheeler Management Merit Award is given to a graduating Management major who exemplifies Colonel Alan Wheeler's dedication to scholarship and citizenship. Colonel Wheeler is remembered for his work as a teacher, student advisor, and administrator.

  • Claire R. Strickler, Matthews, NC

Boyd Joseph Todd Management Merit Award

The Boyd Joseph Todd Management Merit Award is given annually to a graduating Management major who embodies Dr. Boyd J. Todd's enthusiasm for scholarship and his devotion to Clemson University. Dr. Todd was a Clemson graduate, a longtime chair of the Department of Management, and one of the founding faculty members.

  • Alexandra L. McNeely, Seneca, SC

Brian Moody ’86 Leadership Award

The Brian Moody '86 Leadership Award provides awards to outstanding students majoring in Management who demonstrate exceptional leadership capability and achievements by holding leadership positions.

  • Nathan E. Gorczyca, Lake Lure, NC
  • Julia R. Spagnuolo, Andover, MA

Department of Management Academic Excellence Awards

The Department of Management Academic Excellence Awards are given to outstanding graduating students who are focusing in concentration areas offered by the Department. The criterion for these awards is outstanding scholarship and performance in the undergraduate curriculum as well as in their chosen areas of concentration. The recipients of these awards are expected to reflect the education and citizenship provided by the Department of Management in their chosen careers.

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship

  • Amanda R. Maguire, Clemson, SC

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in General Management

  • Madison R. Lukens, Tega Cay, SC

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Human Resource Management

  • Ariel N. Lopez, Clover, SC

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in International Management

  • Sarah E. Carulli, Mt. Pleasant, SC

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Management Information Systems

  • Christopher A. Hicks, Taylors, SC

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Operations Management

  • W. Tyler Owens, Easley, SC

Department of Management Academic Excellence Award in Supply Chain Management

  • Miquel C. Harris, Greer, SC

Department of Marketing

The Marketing Department Annual Award for General Marketing

This Annual Award is given to a senior who has excelled in academics and leadership, has shown a willingness to complete important tasks on behalf of the department, and who exhibits the positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to excel in the field of Marketing.

  • Reagan E. League, Travelers Rest, SC
  • William R. Niesen, Venetia, PA

The Marketing Department Annual Award for Sports Marketing

The Annual Award for Sports Marketing is presented to students who are concentrating in sports marketing and have excelled in both academics and leadership. These students have participated in events related to sports marketing and community service. They exhibit a positive attitude and passion that are necessary for those who want to work in the industry.

  • Claire R. Strickler, Matthews, NC

The Marketing Department Annual Award for Research

This Annual Award for Research is given to a senior who has shown potential for a career in research as evidenced by their academic achievement, independent work on research projects with faculty, demonstrated excellence in research related coursework, and faculty recommendation.

  • Lucas R. Shiver, Charleston, SC

The Marketing Department Annual Award for Sales

Given to a senior who has shown the potential to become a great salesperson, as evidenced by participation and academic achievement in their sales classes. This award goes to a student who has taken the courses necessary to obtain their Sales Certificate in Marketing.

  • Bailey S. Whetter, Hoover, AL

The Tiger Paw Classic Sales Leadership Award

The Sales Leadership Award is presented to students who have shown the greatest propensity to become successful sales managers. The winners of this award served as Vice Presidents of Sales for the Tiger Paw Classic Golf Tournament.

  • Ann Collins Josey, Lynchburg, SC
  • Lauren V. Stambaugh, Greenville, SC