Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) announced the recipients of the university’s Student Service and Leadership Awards at the 44th Annual Clinton E. Stryker Banquet on October 1, 2019. Since 1976, the Stryker Awards have been presented at an annual dinner to Illinois Tech students, and occasionally others, who have made outstanding contributions to student life.
This year’s award winners include:
Clinton E. Stryker Distinguished Service Award: Computer Science students Ali Zain Ali and Juan Bohorquez, Mechanical Engineering students Ayesha Anees and Ethan Fox, Applied Mathematics students Victoria Belotti and Rena Haswah, Information Technology and Management student Diana Silvas, and Chicago-Kent College of Law students Bridget Murphy and Jack Shadid.
–This award is presented to students for their distinguished leadership and contributions in the area of campus life.
Outstanding First Year Involvement: Biology student Abhinav Janappareddi
–This award honors a student for outstanding leadership and service during their first year of involvement at Illinois Tech.
Outstanding Student Organization Award: The Immigration Law Society, Chicago-Kent College of Law (Tatiana Alonso, Maria Cabrales, Sam Dixon, Alexandra George, Diana Gomez, Rosie O’Malley, and Carolina Solano)
–This award recognizes an organization for its success and support of student development, leadership, and campus/community involvement.
Outstanding Commitment to Service Award: Aerospace Engineering student Levin Rosete
–This award honors full-time students who display uniquely high levels of commitment to serving the needs of the Illinois Tech Community, non-profit organizations and other philanthropic agencies both local and global.
Richard Babcock Leadership Award: Applied Mathematics student Victoria Belotti
–This award honors one outstanding sophomore or junior undergraduate student who has evidenced significant leadership skills and academic achievement.
Clinton E. Stryker graduated from Armour Institute of Technology (the predecessor of Illinois Institute of Technology) in 1917 with a degree in electrical engineering. Once an associate professor in the electrical engineering department at Armour, he later became president and director of Maysteel Products and Industrial Equipment, and president of Maypro, Inc. Stryker was an active and enthusiastic champion of Illinois Tech from the time he graduated. His three terms on the Board of Trustees and his spirited participation and leadership in various alumni clubs and fund drives earned him the prestigious Alumni Medal in 1968.
A firm believer in encouraging students to broaden their outlook and develop leadership skills, Stryker established an endowment in 1972 and subsequently made additional gifts to assist the university in funding student activities and inspiring leadership development.