About Past Scholars
2019-2020 Scholars
Alexandra Gilbert '19

Alexandra Gilbert


Alexandra (Alix) Gilbert is a senior pursuing degrees in Instrumental Music Education and Flute Performance! After graduation, she would like to work as a high school instrumental music teacher and one day, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Music Education, so she may work in public school arts administration. As a student performer at UMD, Gilbert has worked with the University Band, University Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, OperaTerps pit, numerous chamber music ensembles, and the Basketball Pep Band! In addition, Alexandra has been so fortunate to spend four seasons with the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band and to serve as the Piccolo Section Leader for three years. She is also the Vice President of Ritual for Sigma Alpha Iota, International Professional Music Fraternity for Women, as well as the School of Music Undergraduate Committee’s Elected Student Representative and the President of UMD’s Collegiate Chapter of NAfME, the National Association for Music Education. Through her degree program, she has been honored to give back to the local musical community, especially by interning and volunteering at schools in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties and by conducting research with doctoral candidates for the Society for Music Teacher Education. Sge was also recently appointed Membership and Induction Chair for the Sigma Circle and have loved having the opportunity to represent and advocate for artistic leaders at UMD through this role.


Nikhil Modi '20

Nikhil Modi


Nikhil Modi is a current junior at the University of Maryland studying Accounting and minoring in Public Leadership. On campus he has been involved in organizations such as Consult Your Community, the Provost’s Student Advisory Committee, Smith Ambassadors, Smith Undergraduate Student Association, Terrapin Leadership Institute, and Terps for Change. He is also a part of the CIVICUS Living & Learning, QUEST Honors, and Social Innovation Fellows co-curricular programs. Recently, Nikhil served as the President of the CIVICUS Student Advisory Board, as well as the Executive Vice President of his professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Nikhil has interned with Deloitte & Touche LLP for the past two years and will be returning for the Summer of 2019. He has also interned with 826DC, an educational non-profit, where he constructed curricula for and taught students in the DC Public School System. Nikhil was tapped into Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership & Honor Society and was named the ODK Sophomore Leader of the Year, as well as the Smith Business School’s Sophomore of the Year.


Christine Rhee '20

Christine Rhee


Christine Rhee is a junior Middle School Math and Science Education major from Boyds, MD. On campus, she stays involved as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Advisor, Senator in the University Senate, Intern for Maryland LEAD, and Ambassador for the College of Education. She is also the Chair of the Student Affairs Senate Committee and Director of Membership for the National Residence Hall Honorary


2018-2019 Scholars
Katie Bemb '18

Katie Bemb


I am a junior journalism major and Public Leadership Scholar with minors in international development and conflict management and German. I am also a graduate of the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program and am currently active as a Global Fellow in the Responses to Global Challenges track at the University of Maryland.

I hope to utilize my communication skills to enact social change through domestic policy and global human rights development. In fall 2017, I published Voices Against Sex Slavery in America, a compilation of perspectives from stakeholders in the issue of sex trafficking aimed at encouraging collaboration in the anti-trafficking sphere and informing readers that sex slavery is a danger in the United States. I want to continue that sort of advocacy work in my professional career. After achieving my bachelor’s degree in journalism this December, I plan on obtaining a job in downtown Washington, D.C., where I can explore my passion for human rights development.


Amritha Jayanti '19

Amritha Jayanti


Amritha Jayanti is a fourth year studying Science and Technology Policy through the Individual Studies Program. In the summer after her freshman year of college, Amritha founded Technica, UMD’s all-women/non-binary hackathon that focuses on providing a safe safe for women to explore the technology sector. Beyond Technica, she was the executive director of Startup Shell, a student-run incubator on UMD campus that provides resources and a community for student founders and worked to launch the Fellows program.


Jeff O'Neil '19

Jeff O'Neil


Jeff O'Neal is a junior Mechanical Engineering student pursuing minors in Project Management and Spanish. He is an active member of Engineers without Borders, having previously served in numerous leaderships positions, and is currently finishing out his term as President. Jeff is an Resident Assistant in Cumberland Hall, and also serves as Teaching Fellow for Statics I and the Chief of Staff for the Committee on Financial Affairs for the Student Government Association. In his free time, Jeff loves training and competing with the Club Triathlon team, where he serves as Treasurer


2017-2018 Scholars
Maria Cortes '20

Maria Cortes


Maria Cortes is a freshman Dietetics major from Severna Park, Maryland. As soon as she began my journey at the University of Maryland, she joined the Mighty Sound of Maryland and marched piccolo for the 2016 - 2017 football season. Maria joined Residence Hall Association as the Vice President of Sustainability for Centreville Hall and supplemented her sustainability studies by becoming an intern for the Office of Sustainability on the LEAF Outreach Team. She is a facilitator for Terrapin Leadership Institute for the Scholars Track and spends time volunteering at Pregnancy Aid Center each week. When school is out of session, Maria volunteers with Hospice of the Chesapeake as a Certified End-of-Life Specialist. She has been awarded the honor of being one of the Top Ten Freshmen as recognized by Omicron Delta Kappa and will be inducted into Primannum Honor Society in the near future. Maria hopes to pursue a career in medicine after the completion of her undergraduate education.

Rachel Gagliardi '18

Rachel Gagliardi


Rachel Gagliardi is a current junior majoring in Animal Science. Rachel co-founded the Turtle and Eagle Science Club, which is a student run organization that allows UMD students to tutor 4th, 5th, and 6th graders at Carole Highlands Elementary School in College Park, MD. She currently serves as the President of the University of Maryland Pre-Veterinary Society, a professional organization that assists students in gaining experience to attend veterinary school. Rachel also participates in the University Jazz Band and is a member of the Maryland Equestrian Club. Outside of school, Rachel enjoys riding her horse Hammer and spending time with family and friends. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Science degree, Rachel plans to pursue a DVM/PhD with a focus in equine sports medicine and osteoarthritis research.

Trey Mason '18

Trey Mason


Trey Mason is a senior studying Chemical Engineering. He is continuing his education for a fifth year to complete his focus in Nuclear Engineering. Trey has been involved in a few organizations on campus – UMDrumline, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), and Beta Psi Omega. Trey served as the Drumline Captain during the 2015-2016 academic year for UMDrumline, the Mighty Sound of Maryland’s drumline. After two years as Secretary, Trey is currently serving as the President of the AIChE, UMD Chapter. Inducted to the Sigma Circle in Spring 2016, he was elected to the executive board as Social Media Coordinator for the 2016-2017 academic year. Trey aspires to work as a nuclear engineer at a nuclear energy facility or at a nuclear waste processing facility, with the eventual goal of working in public policy regarding alternative energy sources, such as nuclear energy.

2016-2017 Scholars
Aymann Siddiky
Kajal Parikh
Julia Mittelstaedt
Matthew Saxton
Jacob Amster

2015-2016 Scholars
Owen Stelzig
Laura Werber
Lauren Noble
Christopher Kuffner
Beita Badiei
John Blodgett

2014-2015 Scholars
Benjamin Cima
Gina Fuchs
William Bensing
Maya Deane-Polyak
David Mitchell
Mariam Khan

2013-2014 Scholars
Ryan Lander
Taylor Roethle
Kevin Bock
Gabriella Buck
Noe Flores
Shelby Copeland

2012-2013 Scholars
George Q. Zhang
Uyen P. Nguyen
Brooke Y. Drake
Joel J. Vazquez
Brittany X. Baleno
2010-2011 Scholars
Christina G. Romero
Michael R. Feeney
Luqman Croal-Abrahams
Anthony C. Douglas
Maxwell R. Eichner
Spencer D. Brodsky

2009-2010 Scholars
Kathleen L. Bardales
Alenna L. Monet
Kyle A. Zittle
MacKenzie A. Campbell
Alison M. Bernicker
Patrick S. Angleton
Caela A. Carlson

2008-2009 Scholars
Judith M. Lansky
Benjamin P. Smearman
Eviealle J. Dawkins-Griffith
Orsam S. Ahmed
Robert J. Beatson
Victor A. Carias
Ashley D. Belton
Julio C. Calderon

2007-2008 Scholars
Marina Irony
Andrews L. Blau
Charles Edwin Byrd
Kimberly B. Brown
Isaac Nathaniel Misri
Anwar Taylor
Julia R. Cosans

2006-2007 Scholars
Katrina Danita Tsinnie
James Frances Wilson
Mary Ni Feng
Jocelyn Renee Thomas
2005-2006 Scholars
Nathaniel Michael Cole
Joni Nicole Saby

2005-2006 Scholars
Nathaniel Michael Cole
Joni Nicole Saby

2005-2006 Scholars
Nathaniel Michael Cole
Joni Nicole Saby

2004-2005 Scholar
Chanan E. Berkovits
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