WASHINGTON, Pa. (Dec. 1, 2011) – Four Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) students are recipients of the 2011 Rule, Hughes, Murphy Prize, given annually to a group of sophomores in recognition of their academic achievement, academic promise and leadership potential.
W&J President Tori Haring-Smith, Ph.D., announced this year’s winners as Allyse Corbin of Westlake, Ohio; Jeffrey Germak of McAlisterville, Pa.; Huong Nguyen of Reading, Pa.; and Haley Roberts of Pittsburgh.
“The Rule, Hughes, Murphy Prize is really the most prestigious award at W&J for sophomores,” Haring-Smith said. “It looks at all aspects—academic, citizenship, leadership—including good moral character, which is tied very much into the College. I congratulate these students in what they have accomplished.”
Corbin is a communication arts major who plans on pursuing a career in public relations or performing arts. She is an AmeriCorps fellow and member of the choir, Red & Black student newspaper, WNJR student radio station, and the Theatre and Improvisation Club. She is a resident assistant.
Germak is an international business/French major. He is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, the Diversity Programming Board, Sustainability Committee and Student Activities Board. He is director of Monticello’s Coffee House, a student ambassador and the International House program coordinator. He plans on attending graduate school following graduation.
Nguyen is a psychology major and business minor who also plans on attending graduate school. She is chair of the Diversity Programming Board, participant and facilitator in the Leadership and Service Institute, a first-year orientation leader and student government class representative.
Roberts is an economics major with a pre-health studies concentration. In addition to being a Magellan scholar, she is a member of the cross country and track and field team, St. Jude’s Up ‘til Dawn executive board, and the Student Christian Association. Her plans include attending medical school or obtaining a master’s degree in public health.
The prize is named in honor of three W&J alumni: James Rule, Howard Hughes and Robert Murphy. It includes a $2,000 cash prize.