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Eight Outstanding Engineering Students Honored with Alumni Scholarships and Awards

Minting Chen

Minting Chen

Congratulations to eight exceptional engineering students who will be receiving alumni scholarships and awards. The students were recognized by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association at a reception on Sunday, April 22, in the Student Union Ballroom.

Minting Chen, ’20, Computer Systems Engineering, will be one of two campus recipients to receive a UMass Amherst Greater Boston Alumni Network Scholarship of $1,000. This scholarship was established by the Greater Boston Alumni Network to assist with the educational pursuits of students from Boston high schools. Recipients demonstrate diverse records of achievement in academics, leadership, and are student role models.

Five engineering students will receive the William F. Field Alumni Scholar Award of $750 each: Sarah Duquette, ’19, Chemical Engineering; Zachary Medeiros, ’19, Civil Engineering; Luke Driscoll Ryan, ’19, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering; Bryan Tam, ’19, Computer Systems Engineering; and Miranda Eiben, ’19, Mechanical Engineering and Astronomy. Each year there are 56 campus recipients of these scholarships, established in 1976 to recognize and honor third-year students for their academic achievements at UMass Amherst. The program was named in honor of William F. Field, the university’s first Dean of Students, for his outstanding support of academic excellence and his personal commitment to bringing out the best in every student.

Thomas Hill, ’18, Civil Engineering, is one of 11 campus recipients of the $500 Senior Leadership Award, which recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. Award recipients have distinguished themselves through important contributions to student organizations, campus jobs, academic excellence, and community service.

Finally, Allison Davis, ’21, Civil Engineering, is one of two campus recipients of the $500 Mary Killeen Bennett '93 EdD Book Fund scholarship. The fund was established by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association in memory of the late Mary Killeen Bennett, a passionate advocate for UMass Amherst and leader in the Pioneer Valley. The fund provides financial support for graduates of public high schools in the Pioneer Valley who are in their first year at UMass Amherst, and the scholarship defrays the anticipated cost of textbooks.

With over 265,000 alumni worldwide, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association provides year-round programming, communications, and opportunities to leverage UMass connections and show UMass pride. (April 2018)