Scholar Holler Award
You don't have to go it alone in your academic life at SU. The CSA and your faculty have found students who know the content, know how to succeed and are excited to work with you on making the most of your classes.
Each month the Center for Student Achievement recognizes an outstanding student for academic excellence. The student is highlighted on our website, in the CSA, and in the Flyer student newspaper as a way to encourage other students to achieve their academic potential.
Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students for Scholar Holler. The nomination form should describe the student's academic accomplishments.
Scholar Holler Winners
April 2020 - Nathaniel Sansom
Major: Political Science and Conflict Analysis & Dispute Resolution (Double Major)
Minor: European Studies and International Studies
Hometown: Salisbury, MD
Words of wisdom:
As students, academic success is something we all strive to achieve. Rather than focusing solely on grades or GPA, which are undoubtedly important, I believe it is imperative that we simply put our best foot forward in all that we do. My advice to fellow students is straightforward and simple: Do not allow yourself to be defined by your worst day (or exam score), we all have bad days. Complementing this point, don't rest on your laurels or grow complacent in your journey towards academic success either. Wake up each morning, be yourself, do your level best, and don't let anybody tell you what cannot achieve.
Dr. Brittany Foutz said, “As the former Assistant Director of the United Nations Diplomatic Training Institute and working now as the Executive Director of a UN location in the U.S., I have worked with thousands of individuals – but Nate is one of the best students and research fellows that I’ve ever seen since my time at the UN and he has been a phenomenal student in my International Law class. I began as a grant writer for the UN and worked my way up through the organization, and through these experiences I have never seen such a hard-working and dedicated individual as Nate. It was just yesterday that I was video chatting having a conversation with the former President’s Senior Advisor for Latin America and we were conversing of Nate's extraordinary exceptional language skills and ability to accomplish his dreams and helping with the dreams of others – inspiring other students and young leaders wishing to make a difference in the world. I was speaking, also, of his openness to learning other languages and cultures. Nate has been a phenomenal research fellow with us also at the United Nations, and how serves as a UNESCO research fellow with us at the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution and leads our United Nations Association Salisbury Chapter. Our research fellows undergo a highly competitive process competing globally to become selected even for our limited positions. He is a rarity of a student with the best exemplar of an academic, professional, and personal background and is unquestionably an exceptional candidate for the Scholar Holler Award. His broad range of interests speak well of his potential as an individual. Following his academic and professional interests, I have been fortunate enough to keep track of his progress so that, when the opportunity arises, I could help in opportunities such as these. The same characteristics that convinced me to seek and discuss academic collaborations with him are also why I am happy to provide him with an endorsement for this award. This student and research fellow has accomplished all these tasks with great initiative and with a very positive attitude. He has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages and backgrounds. What I find most engaging in Nate are his interests outside of the classroom. He brings all of his activities with energy, enthusiasm, and commitment. This is to be expected in any successful student, and in this regard, he fits in so well. His combination of intelligence, commitment, perseverance, creativity, and a compassionate character will certainly make him a great candidate for this application.”
March 2020 - Ashley Olortegui
Minor: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Hometown: Riverdale Park, MD
Words of Wisdom:
“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.” ? Alan Moore
No matter how challenging things get, this quote constantly reminds me of how valuable our education is and how lucky we are to even be here. Remember to do what you love can sometimes be stressful but extremely rewarding. Stay positive and never lose sight of your academic goals!
Dr. Schlehofer said, “The March semester has been very disruptive. Ashley is a research assistant in my research lab. Ashley has gone above and beyond that expected of students during this time. Despite having to quickly leave campus housing, she managed to submit two proposals to a virtual psychology conference. She has maintained research productivity, including tracking down several articles and assisting in writing a research paper. Ashley’s dedication to her education and professional development make her an excellent student exemplar at Salisbury University.”
February 2020 - Andrea Cottingham
Minors: Mathematics & Biology
Hometown: Salisbury, MD
Words of Wisdom: You can truly do everything, just not all at the same time.
Dr.’s Dewald, Howard and Habay said, “Andrea is an outstanding all-around student in the chemistry department. In addition to her excellent academics (she earned a 4.0 fall semester and regularly makes Dean’s List), Andrea does undergraduate research in the chemistry department and has presented her work last spring at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Orlando, FL. Andrea also conducted research as an Undergraduate Research Fellow last summer in Prof. Ryan Pearson’s lab at the University of Maryland’s School of Pharmacy in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her research focused on the synthesis of nanoparticles for biomedical applications.? She plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences after graduation. Andrea has been a lab assistant for three years, preparing teaching labs for the department. Not only has her work been outstanding, she has also been a leader in the lab, training younger lab assistants.”
February 2020 - Austin Dabbs
Majors: Chemistry and Interdisciplinary Studies
Minor: Business Administration 4+1
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Words of Wisdom:
“I know this doesn’t apply to everyone, but I think we could all do with calling our parents and grandparents more often."
Dr.’s Egan, Woodis, Clark and Ms. Jackson said, “As an OURCA Undergraduate Research Fellow for two years, Austin has emerged as a strong, skilled leader among the very top research students on campus. As one example, last week Austin organized and led a two hour meeting of the eight URFs and two faculty co-directors to generate ideas for advancing the office and programs. He set the schedule, took us through the agenda, shared the minutes, and assigned action items for the next meeting. Austin held a leadership role with the inaugural edition of Laridae, SU’s first student journal. He served as a section editor to review submissions from Business and Science. He also participated as an author in the thorough editing process to have his own work published as a Laridae article and was selected as one of only two students to present their work at the Laridae Launch event. Because of his ability to engage with people, Austin is one of most frequent student ambassadors to represent undergraduate research in classes, at donor events, with prospective students and their parents, at faculty meetings, and other opportunities.”
November 2019 - Amar Naboulsi
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
Words of wisdom: The long term goals we hope to achieve while attending college tends to undermine the daily, seemingly trivial, things we achieve each day. Every step forward, no matter what it is, should be viewed as a win. Otherwise, we will get caught up in the notion that all is for nought if we never reach our final destination, forgetting the steps we took to get there.
Dr. Martino: “Amar is a graduating senior majoring in Exercise Science, with a minor in Psychology. Over the course of her entire academic career at Salisbury University, Amar has received a 4.0 GPA. In addition to her outstanding academic record, she is also a student worker for the Honors College, as well as working two additional part-time jobs. She is active in the Honors College on multiple levels, and is one of the brightest, most likeable students I have met. Amar has managed to keep a 4.0 GPA throughout her entire academic career. She has accomplished this also while working 35 plus hours per week. Her commitment to her academic life, as well as her ability to continually push the boundaries of her knowledge, is astounding. Amar is a stellar student who has beaten the odds time and again. She is a role model for every student on campus, and is the epitome of what an honors student can be. She is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever come across, and is a passionate and careful thinker, as well as a thoughtful individual. She is wise beyond her years, and displays an ability to overcome in the face of adversity. She excels not only in the courses required by her major, but in all courses in which she enrolls. Her GPA is a testament to her character and her grit, something which cannot be taught. Amar has brightened the halls of Salisbury University with her academic performance, her willingness to help others, and her ability to overcome adversity.”
October 2019 - Harrison Leon
Major: Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution
Hometown: Paoli, PA
Words of wisdom: Constructively challenge the status quo by asking probing questions about the topics and subjects that you are most passionate about. It's vital to focus on passionate subjects because passion is the fuel for sustained commitment, which is the impetus for social change.
Dr.’s Clark and Egan said, “During Harrison’s first year at Salisbury, he launched a non-profit that would serve the underprivileged youth in the surrounding area. The non-profit sought to offer free physical training sessions in exchange for study time with volunteer student-tutors. During his second semester at SU, Harrison was named an Honors Ambassador the following semester. During that same semester, Harrison was selected to be a part of the first cohort of UNESCO-Bosserman Fellows. This past year, Harrison was overwhelmingly peer-elected to serve as the inaugural editor of the new Laridae undergraduate research journal. The student Laridae members made an ideal choice in electing Harrison because we cannot imagine anyone else succeeding so well with the overwhelming task of launching the first edition of a student journal. Harrison has worked non-stop, without pay, for a year on this journal with a sense of pride, responsibility, and trailblazing. This past summer, Harrison took part in the DC Policy Scholars program administered by Pepperdine University’s graduate school of public policy. This program included a graduate-level public policy course on the relationship between US public policy and religion in, both, foreign and domestic policy. Harrison completed all these activities, while also managing to maintain an overall GPA of 3.95 while majoring in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution and Minoring in Sociology and Law, Justice, and Advocacy. He is the definition of an exceptional student, and Salisbury University is better because he is one of ours.”
September 2019 - Courtney (Nicole) Hammond
Minor: Environmental Studies, Earth Science
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Words of wisdom: Always believe in yourself and everything that you do. You never know who you might inspire. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "...be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
Dr. Bradley: “I wish I had nominated Nicole sooner. She has been a student in several of my classes and always works hard to persevere and overcome any difficulties that may arise. She maintains a high GPA and a packed course load of the Honors program, a science major, and double minor while still managing a research project that she has designed and oversees. This semester in particular, Nicole has demonstrated her commitment to academics. She has taken it upon herself to be an unpaid student advisor for a course of mine. Nicole took the course last fall and worked very hard to be successful in a difficult course that stumped most students with a high content of complicated material (quantitative and abstract thinking combined with self-guiding work of a hybrid course). At the beginning of the semester, she offered, unprompted, to serve as help for other students. She attends optional meetings and has led the students in creating a study guide and worksheet. Nicole sees this as a way to enhance her own understanding of the topic and assist others in theirs. It is admirable for her altruism but also for recognizing that she can gain even more knowledge from teaching others. This is a true scholar – working hard to continue learning even after the grade has been issued.”
April 2019 - Jade Gomez
Minor: Spanish and Latin American Studies
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Words of Wisdom: No one gets anywhere on their own. Recognizing and utilizing support networks is crucial to success, especially these that can be found all throughout campus in professors, mentors, and everyone who wants to see you succeed!
Dr. Fritz: "Jade is a stellar student who has demonstrated exceptional poise, determination, and brilliance this month. She is our Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society president and just helped to pull off a large and flawless induction ceremony and luncheon for 30 new inductees and their families. I just finished reading Jade’s penultimate thesis draft and it is truly excellent. Jade is also an exceptional Psychology Department citizen and volunteers to help with study sessions and recruitment activities whenever she can"
Dr. Okubo: "Jade is a bright, dedicated, and active student both in and outside of our department. She is a psychology major with a minor in Spanish, and she is graduating this month. As an honor student, she has been a wonderful student to have. Jade started working with me in My Racism & Coping Research Lab. Last summer, where she received Summer Mentoring grant to work with me."
Dr. Bemis: "Jade is a graduating senior and has worked in my lab since her sophomore year. She is the kind of student who always takes advantage of every opportunity SU can provide. For example, during her time at SU she has presented research at 6 academic conferences, studied abroad, did a year-long internship (and then was hired to work at that internship site during her senior year), is president of Psi Chi (the honors society in psychology), applied for a Fulbright, applied for and received a Summer Research Grant, and wrote an Honors Thesis. Honestly, any opportunity we can offer Psychology majors at SU, Jade has completed. Further Jade’s work in all of these projects is stellar."
- March 2019 - Taylor Garner and Robert Guy
- February 2019 - Gina Santoriello
- October 2018 - Noah Cline
- September 2018 - Lauren Delong
- May 2018 - Nelcy Denice Avila
- April 2018 - Brendan Wille
- March 2018 - Kelly Surkovich
- February 2018 - Diamond Brown
- November 2017 - Storm Galloway
- October 2017 - Arthur Lembo
- September 2017 - Danielle Amanda Walker
- April 2017 - Nicholas Anthony Carlini
- March 2017 - Juliet Vapsva
- February 2017 - Kristy Trojan
- November 2016 - Brittany Bursa
- October 2016 - Aaron Wall
- September 2016 - Megan Newcomer
- April 2016 - Nicholas Carlini
- March 2016 - Katherine Potvin
- February 2016 - Aaron Wilson
- December 2015 - Christy Bertolaccini
- November 2015 - Alex Potocko
- October 2015 - John Talbot
- September 2015 - Megan Mahedy
- May 2015 - Zach Grogan & Rachel Lisk
- April 2015 - Kirsten Hawkins
- March 2015 - Andrea Korell
- February 2015 - Maryam Aboul-Enein