The Alumni Association awarded 33 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year, totaling $66,000. These scholarships are made possible by the dues paying members of the University of Maryland Alumni Association. Congratulations to all of this year's recipients.


Jibreel Ali  

Jibreel Ali '23
Major: Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology
Minor: Sustainability 
Hometown: Crofton, Md

My fAVORITE UMD ALUMNUS is...
Ethan Brown, the CEO of Beyond Meat who earned his Master’s in Public Policy. I admire Ethan Brown’s work because he has created an innovative product that not only reduces animal suffering, but also helps to tackle climate change by reducing the demand for resource-intensive meat, and whether he realizes it or not helps to reduce the likelihood of future pandemics. Ethan Brown has done a phenomenal job in showing people how delicious plant-based foods can be, and how we can easily avoid the slew of problems associated with animal agriculture just by choosing to eat an alternative tasty product. I applaud Ethan Brown’s innovation, and hope to one day make as large of a contribution as he has to tackling issues as important as climate change on a mass scale.


Lisa Anoruo  

Lisa Anoruo '22
Major: Public Health Science
Hometown: Windsor Mill, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to create a program that addresses racial health disparities amongst children related to musculoskeletal diseases.


Nancy Camarillo  

Nancy Camarillo '22
Ph.D. in Student Affairs
Hometown: College Park, Md

My fAVORITE UMD ALUMNA is...
Dr. Bridget Turner Kelly, associate professor in the College of Education. Dr. Kelly is an educator who truly embodies what it means to be student-centered and equity-minded. My identity as a first-generation Latina pursuing doctoral studies is validated through individuals like Dr. Kelly, a Black woman who has achieved greatness in her field. She serves as both a possibility model and someone who challenges me to be better. Her compassion, dedication to students, and groundbreaking scholarship makes me feel blessed to work alongside her and to have her as a mentor in my doctoral journey.  As a faculty member and newly appointed Diversity Officer in the College of Education, Dr. Kelly works with students, staff, and faculty to engage in meaningful dialogue. She calls us to think critically about making campuses more racially just spaces and prepares educators to work in a global society. I hope to have the same impact as a UMD alumna as Dr. Kelly has had in her career.


Damiana Colley  

Damiana Colley '24
Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Hometown: Berlin, Md

My fAVORITE UMD FACT is...
that it is ranked #1 college in the nation for LGBTQ+ students. For me, diversity, inclusion, and equality are important ideals in society, and seeing that the University that I attend promotes and ensures that these ideals are in place is something that makes me proud to call myself a student at UMD. I am proud that the University of Maryland has created places and spaces for the LGBTQ+ community and allowed these individuals to feel wanted and needed--as most of the time they are not in society. My sister is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as many of my friends, and I have seen them struggle with societal biases and mental health. It is very hard to watch the people you love be treated as less than human because of who they choose to love, and although I will never come close to directly experiencing the hardships they endure on a daily basis, I have still seen these hardships in play and cannot imagine what they must feel like. To know that UMD is a place that advocates for the rights and inclusion of this community, is something that makes me feel proud to be a student here. I have taken some classes that have addressed this communities history of discrimination and present hardships, and they have educated me on how to become a better ally to my sister and her friends, and this is why this fact is my favorite.


Umailla Fatima  

Umailla Fatima '23
Major: Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology and Public Policy
Hometown: Severn, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to address systemic racism and discrimination in healthcare by developing equitable policies and connecting marginalized communities, including Terps, with information and resources to best serve their health and wellbeing. I plan to leverage my backgrounds in policy, medicine, and working with underserved communities to develop solutions that are targeted towards our most vulnerable populations.


Ethan Foley  

Ethan Foley '22
M.A. in Higher Education
Hometown: Grove City, Pa

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
that elitism in higher education must be broken down in order to provide opportunities for all students to achieve and overcome socio economic barriers in their life. College has the power to change lives in a plethora of ways, and I am excited to be a part of that mission as a future leader in higher education.


Justin Fox  
Justin Fox '23

Major: Government & Politics
Minor: International Development
Hometown: Brunswick, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to use an education in law to create a career advocating for the voiceless and protecting the vulnerable from hate and bigotry.


Beata Gelman  

Beata Gelman '22
Majors: Biological Sciences: Neurobiology & Physiology and Psychology
Hometown: Whippany, Nj

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to bridge the gap for girls into the competitive chess world. Throughout my years of playing competitive chess at the higher level, I have seen the glaring gender disparity that exists within the game. It makes playing competitive chess discouraging and frightful for girls and triggers stereotype threat. So, I am striving to increase female participation in the game by mentoring young girls to confidently play and excel in chess!


Shoham Ghosh  

Shoham Ghosh '22
Major: Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Ellicott City, Md

My FAVORITE UMD FACT is...
that from the top row of seats at Maryland Stadium, you can see the Washington Monument. The unique view reminds me of the excellent educational and professional opportunities afforded to UMD students due to the university’s proximity to DC, Baltimore, and Annapolis.


Ashley Hixson  

Ashley Hixson '22
Ph.D. in Student Affairs
Hometown: Griffin, Ga

My fAVORITE UMD ALUMNA IS..
Dr. Shelvia English '19. Dr. English completed her doctoral degree in the Student Affairs concentration; the same program I am pursuing. I met Dr. English during my first-year where she served as the teaching assistant for my professional seminar course. Dr. English’s infectious spirit allowed me to immediately connect with her. I consider her a mentor. She is brilliant, kind, compassionate, and thoughtful. I have learned so much from her regarding the complexities of being a first-generation college student now pursuing a terminal degree.


Kassidy Jacobs  

Kassidy Jacobs '23
Majors: Government & Politics and Criminology & Criminal Justice
Hometown: Baltimore, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to create a UFLI (undocumented, first generation, low income) student center on campus in order to create a resource for our most vulnerable students.


Daniel Johnson  

Daniel Johnson '22
Major: Government & Politics
Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Middletown, Nj

MY FAVORITE UMD MOMENT WAS...
celebrating the Women's Basketball Team's 2020 BIG10 Tournament victory before the pandemic hit. I was selected to travel with the pep band as one of two clarinetists, and it was great being able to show my school pride to a full stadium cheering on our terps. I was able to celebrate with the team on the court with the trophy, and the team was so appreciative of the band and all of our support. It was a great overall moment of school pride for me.


Christine Licata-Hoang  

Christine Licata-Hoang '22
Ph.D. in Higher Education
Hometown: Columbia, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to find ways to help reduce sexual violence on the college campus in pervasive, and systematic ways. I enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Maryland to further study the problem of campus sexual violence beyond personal anecdote or news headlines. I am currently writing my dissertation focused on the effect of state-level Title IX policies on college campuses’ ability to address sexual violence. My fearless idea is to find effective ways institutional leaders can use policy, preventative practices, and political systems to eliminate sexual violence among college students.


Reines Maliksi  

Reines Maliksi '22
Majors: Information Science and Journalism
Hometown: College Park, Md

My fAVORITE UMD MOMENT SO FAR WAS...
being a part of the incredible team that programmed and produced Homecoming Comedy Show featuring John Mulaney. It was an idea that started off as a pipework dream but was eventually brought to life. The event was extremely successful, and we had a sold-out show at the Xfinity Center. But the most gratifying part was knowing how much SEE’s hard work paid off and knowing how many smiles and laughs we offered thousands of students that night.


Reima Mannan  

Reima Mannan '24
Major: Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology
Minor: General Business
Hometown: Potomac, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to increase cultural and linguistic competency training in healthcare so that healthcare professionals are more understanding of patient’s needs.


Ebenezer Mensah  

Ebenezer Mensah '24
Ph.D. in Student Affairs
Hometown: Cape Coast, Ghana

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to reimagine, reframe, and restructure politics to aid higher education and student affairs practices considering the essential role of indigenous knowledge through rigorous research. Much needs to be done in higher education in African countries. Anytime I reflect or have a retrospective understanding of myself during undergraduate and master's education period, it is evident that the gap (requisite student affairs skills) is wide and keeps on widening as a result of COVID-19 as compared to Western world. Inadequate professionals and practitioners without formal training in higher education and student affairs tend to hinder students' development that is inherently part of the practices. I believe in developing a well-balanced students' personalities by decolonizing higher education and student affairs practices. This can be achieved through the effective utilization and infusion of indigenous models such as African traditional leadership models, values, proverbs, adzinkra symbols, folklores and so on. Additionally, the multicultural competence of professionals and practitioners ought to be developed to give hope to the multiethnic communities in Ghana and Africa at large.


Ipsa Mittra  

Ipsa Mittra '24
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Statistics
Hometown: Derwood, Md

My FAVORITE UMD FACT is...
students leave offerings to Testudo in front of McKeldin. Even during COVID, students left gifts during finals. I love the feeling of connection it provides and how it helps to unify thousands of students from diverse backgrounds with one tradition.


Jessica Nguyen  

Jessica Nguyen '23
Majors: Government & Politics and Public Policy
Hometown: Silver Spring, Md

My FAVORITE UMD MOMENT SO FAR WAS...
fostering cross-cultural dialogue and unity at a virtual event collaboration I planned as an Executive Board member of the Filipino Cultural Association with the Taiwanese American Student Association. In the online escape room filled with cultural trivia that we made from scratch last year, I found the greatest joy in watching our club members exchange social media handles, use teamwork to solve puzzles together, and get into deeper conversations about our racial-ethnic identities at a time where we’ve all been isolated from our friends and social interactions.


Omolola Ojaomo  

Omolola Ojaomo '22
Majors: Finance and Information Systems
Hometown: Laurel, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to provide a space for students to pursue a creative passion project of their own, regardless of their major.


Sriya Potluri  

Sriya Potluri '23
Major: Applied Mathematics
Minor: French
Hometown: Clarksville, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
combining mathematics and medicine to model biological phenomena so that we can understand the laws that govern science from a more theoretical and abstract perspective. By studying medicine through the rising interdisciplinary field of mathematical biology, the mathematical models we can create can solve biological and medical problems.


Ian Rosario  

Ian Rosario '22
Major: Architecture and Spanish
Minor: Real Estate Development
Hometown: Frederick, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to create a sustainable business that solves the issue of low-literacy proficiency in elementary students. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, about 65% of 4th graders do not meet national “proficiency” standards in reading. I saw the issue first-hand after volunteering at a literacy program for elementary students in Southeast DC. I realized that some students struggled with core reading skills while others simply struggled to stay engaged while reading. My experience and research showed me that there is a need to help kids build reading skills and help kids enjoy reading. I have been working on a business, with the help of the Dingman Center and the DoGood Institute, that tackles both of these needs-Tiny Theatre. Tiny Theatre helps kids build foundational literacy skills and grow a love for reading through theatre activities that families can do at home.


Rachel Rowe  

Rachel Rowe '24
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Parkton, Md

My fAVORITE UMD FACT is...
that UMD operates one of 13 DNS root servers in the world that translate domain names into IP addresses and allow billions of people to use the internet!


Abigail Russ  

Abigail Russ '23
Majors: Journalism and Economics
Hometown: North Potomac, Md

My fAVORITE UMD FACT is...
that you can see the Washington Monument from the upper deck of the football stadium seats!


Ethan Selko  

Ethan Selko '24
Major: Finance
Hometown: Reisterstown, Md

My fAVORITE UMD MOMENT SO FAR WAS...
winning the homecoming football game against Minnesota.


Megha Sevalia  

Megha Sevalia '22
Majors: Public Health and Public Policy
Hometown: College Park, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to increase student involvement with the City of College Park. As we return to campus this fall, I hope to connect students with opportunities in College Park and increase dialogue amongst students and city residents, fostering a larger sense of community at UMD.


Malika Shah  

Malika Shah '23
Major: Mathematics
Hometown: Ellicott City, Md

My fAVORITE UMD ALUMNUS is...
George Lauer: He invented the Universal Product Code (UPC) or colloquially known as the barcode. This simple, yet profound invention is seen everywhere today to identify objects accurately and quickly. One can see barcodes on apples to toys to airplanes.


Kevin Tu  

Kevin Tu '23
Majors: Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology and Economics
Hometown: Columbia, Md

My fAVORTIE UMD ALUMNUS is...
Pyon Su. I first learned about him after seeing his portrait hung up in Stamp two years ago. As the first Korean to graduate from any American college or university, I felt pride as an Asian American to be attending the same university as him. Though the recent events with Anti-Asian hate have shown a national spotlight onto our race, things for Asians in this country have been difficult since the beginning. When I think Pyon, I think of grit, ambition, and determination to succeed against all odds. And those are the same traits that I wish to be associated with.


Mary Walsh  

Mary Walsh '24
Major: Government & Politics
Minor: History
Hometown: Columbia, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
to positively impact others in the UMD community by being a compassionate leader to everyone I meet.


Kirstin Walz  

Kirstin Walz '22
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: Astronomy
Hometown: Elkton, Md

My fAVORITE UMD MOMENT WAS...
in 2020, when the men's basketball team beat Michigan during our gold rush game to win a share of the Big Ten regular season title. That was an awesome basketball game, and afterward my friends and I joined the crowd on the court to watch the team cut down the nets. I will remember that game for a very long time.


Mairead Whitford Jones  

Mairead Whitford Jones '22
Major: Environmental Science & Technology
Minors: GIS and Sustainability
Hometown: Germantown, Md

My FAVORITE UMD MOMENT SO FAR WAS...
the 2019 All Niter. My friend and I entered a monster-themed bouncy house along with six or seven strangers. No one there knew anyone else really, but pretty quickly everyone started playing games, like trying to knock people over or working together to get one person to bounce really high. We were a bunch of twenty-something-year-old strangers just given a chance to relax and destress. It was one of the best memories I have from UMD and it reminds me of how kind and fun people are at UMD.


Matthew Winson  

Matthew Winson '23
Major: Government & Politics - International Relations
Minor: History
Hometown: North Potomac, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
living my life to help create the most harmonious world possible. If I am able to consistently work hard, push others around me to do their best, and look back on my life believing that I left it in a better place than when I got there, I will be able to relax knowing I have left a positive mark on this world.


Isha Yardi  

Isha Yardi '23
Major: Public Health Science
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md

My fEARLESS IDEA is...
leveraging big data sources, such as Google Street View images and social media, to both assess the landscape of health equity in local communities and inform health policy decisions on a legislative level. Using data sources like social media as an epidemiological tool can help produce more targeted policy interventions for communities in need.


Daisy Yu  

Daisy Yu '22
Majors: Chemistry and Communications
Hometown: North Potomac, Md

My fAVORTIE UMD ALUMNUS is...
Tom McMillen, who played basketball for UMD and graduated as the valedictorian of his class with a degree in chemistry. He was a top 10 NBA draft pick, an Olympian, a Rhodes Scholar, and a politician, among other achievements. As a fellow chemistry major, he inspires me to pursue my passions, however unconventional.