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NRHC Student of the Year Awards

The call for nominations for this award is now closed. Nominations for next year will open in December 2024.


The Northeast Regional Honors Council annually recognizes two students as Student of the Year–one from a two-year institution and one from a four-year institution. The two students selected for an NRHC Student of the Year Award must have demonstrated scholastic excellence and must have made a significant impact on their honors program. The award recognizes academic excellence, outstanding leadership skills, socially engaged contributions, and innovations that the students have shown at their home institution. In addition, the winners are role models for other students in their honors programs and have demonstrated commitment that is above their peers. The selected students might also have worked to engage honors ideals outside their home institutions through participation in intercollegiate projects, NRHC and/or NCHC conferences, service to their communities, and more.

Students will be recognized with a plaque at the NRHC Awards Ceremony. 


A completed application must include a nomination from a faculty or staff member and an application from that student. The application includes:

  • Contact information of nominating honors director/faculty/staff

  • Contact information of student nominee

  • Letter of recommendation from nominating honors director/faculty/staff

  • Student responses to three short answer questions

  • Student resume and headshot

Winners will be announced at the NRHC Awards Ceremony. Their names and photographs will be listed on the NRHC website. 

Past Winners


Two-Year Institution

Jessica Wheeler, Community College of Allegheny County

Four-Year Institution:

Jade Rhoads, Thiel College


Four-Year Institution:

Briseyda Barrientos Ariza, Towson University

Vanessa Maybruck, Kutztown University


Four-Year Institution:

Kaitlyn, Fales, Bryant University

Two-Year Institution:

Erin McClain, Community College of Allegheny County 


Four-Year Institution:

Kai-Lou Yue, Bryant University

Kaitlyn Esposito, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Two-Year Institution:

Amirah Elayan, Bergen Community College


Four-Year Institution:

Haleigh Swam, Lock Haven University

Two-Year Institution:

Lope Jan Williams, LaGuardia Community College


Four-Year Institution:

Mohini Gobin, Pace University

Two-Year Institution:

Therese Russell, Nassau Community College


Four-Year Institution:

Micah Castello, Notre Dame of Maryland University

Two-Year Institution:

Nathanael Linton, SUNY Orange

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