2020 Scholarship Award Recognition
In the past twenty years since the UMass Amherst Honors Program became Commonwealth Honors College, donors have played a key role in bringing life to the College’s commitment to educational access.
200+ Donor-funded Scholarships
The number of awards given yearly has risen from twelve when the college began.
$350,000+ total in awards
Commonwealth Honors College scholarships supplement each students' regular financial aid award from the university.
Commonwealth Honors College’s donor-funded scholarships recognize outstanding students for their academic excellence as well as their:
Pursuit of problem-solving research ▪ Involvement in extracurricular activities ▪ Leadership ▪ Contributions to our communities ▪ Future ambitions
Commonwealth Honors College Scholarship Award Recipients
This year’s scholarship recipients represent a diverse cross-section of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst undergraduate population.
67 Majors ▪ 8 Schools and Colleges
College of Engineering
College of Humanities & Fine Arts
College of Information & Computer Sciences
College of Natural Sciences
College of Nursing
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Isenberg School of Management
School of Public Health & Health Science
The complete list of scholarship recipients highlights the direct impact of donor gifts on individual Commonwealth Honors College students and the achievements and promise of those students. Donors also provide support for the College more broadly—whether for new and innovative courses, the ever-popular “Pizza and Prof Nights” (now re-imagined as “Dinner and Dining” in our remote learning environment), distinguished speakers, or support for undergraduate research. Indeed, without them, the Commonwealth Honors College experience would be very different for our students.
This Is Honors
Honor students shape their individual Honors experience by calling upon their intellectual curiosity to shape their ambitions and tackle societal challenges. We continue to be inspired by each student's story and their desire to bringing about change, to invent, to reimagine, and to keep learning.
Joseph and Elizabeth Rountree Merit Scholarship Recipient
“I don’t want to just sit here and watch amazing boys and men suffer because they don’t think they can get the help they need."
Paula recalls how her feminist ideals are shaping her Honors research plans and her work toward equality.
Class of 1941 Humanitarian Award Recipient
“Because bees pollinate crops, they not only make those crops produce better quality fruits and vegetables, but more of them.”
Ryan serves as president of the UMass Beekeeping Club and a Massachusetts honey ambassador in the Essex County Beekeeper’s Association.
Melvin Howard Scholarship Recipient
“It’s not that you’re just giving, you’re also taking, which shaped my whole perspective with what I want to do with volunteering and working with nonprofits. There’s a certain balance in it if you’re a bit more reflective with your thoughts.”
Suma enjoyed her service-learning project, teaching English to custodial staff as a part of her Ideas That Change the World seminar.