The Du Bois/Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service

Presented to students for their significant scholarly achievements (cumulative 3.5 GPA or above) coupled with exemplary contributions to the campus and local community through service and continued civic engagement.

Our Namesakes: Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois and Nelson Mandela

W.E.B. Du Bois was an American sociologist, civil rights activist, and a founder of the NAACP. He was the first African American to earn his PhD. from Harvard and one of the most influential black intellectuals of the early 20th century. He produced numerous works over his long life on racism, colonialism, and black experiences. His radical political positions often put him at odds with the U.S. government. In 1961 Dr. Du Bois moved the Ghana where he died at the age of 95. 

Nelson Mandela was known worldwide for his activism to abolish apartheid. A political prisoner for 27 years, Mandela was sentenced to life in prison for high treason and conspiracy against the state in connection to activist work against apartheid. After his release in 1990 he became the first President of the democratic Republic of South Africa, leading the country after the downfall of apartheid. He earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his work in the abolition of apartheid and a peaceful transition to a democratically ruled South Africa.

Our 2023 Award Recipients

The 2023 DuBois-Mandela Award for Scholarship, Leadership, and Service recipients along with their majors, minors, and a small highlight of their involvement on campus.  Congratulations to all our awardees!

Alexus Adelna Autumn Stewart

Alexus is starting directly into the camera for standard headshot on light grey/blue background. Alexus is wearing a white sweater and glasses, with two long braids framing each side of face. Alexus is smiling.

Major: Cinema and Photography (Cinema Production Concentration)

Member of Sister-2-sister Fall 2019-Fall 21 |  Vice President of BSU school year of 21-22 |  Park ScholarTeacher Assistant at McCormick Secure Center Volunteer for Engineering 

Alonso Gonzalez Reynaud

Alonso is posing for photo in front of Ithaca College Dillingham Fountains.  Alonso is wearing a IC physical therapy blue polo shirt. Is staring at the camera and smiling with black hair.

Major: Physical Therapy | Minor: Exercise Science

Tertulia Proctor | Orientation Leader | Ultimate Frisbee | Breakdancing | Residence Hall Assosiation 

Cristea Park

Cristea is posing for headshot with arms crossed in front on grey background. Is wearing light blue striped Ithaca Golf polo and white pants. Has a white golf glove on left hand. Has brown hair extending past shoulders.

Major: Physical Therapy | Minor: Sports Psychology

Varsity Women's Golf Team 2019- present | Captain of the Golf Team 2022-present | SAAC Representative 2019-present | Leadership Academy 2019-present | volunteered for Special Olympics 2022 | Nutrition Club 2020-present 

Julia E. Tomanovich

Julia is posing for headshot on white background with NCAA and Ithaca College logos. Is wearing a white and blue Ithaca College track and field jacket. Is smiling and looking at camera. Has dark hair extending past shoulders.

Major: Physical Therapy | Minor: Sport and Exercise Psychology

Three seasons a year Cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams | Served as a captain in 2023 for cross country | Office assistant at the Cross-country office  

Kalena Arianna Yearwood

Kalena is posing for picture on light grey/white background. Is wearing a white top with no sleaves. Kalena is looking at camera and smiling. Has dark brown braided hair extending past shoulders.

Major: Politics | Minor: Education Studies

Martin Luther King (MLK) Scholar: Fall 2019-Present | Women's Track & Field Thrower: Fall 2019-August 2021 | IC Ujima Black Student Union (UBSU) Civic Engagement Liaison: January 2020-May 2021 | Orientation Leader (OL): Summer 2020 | Student Trustee, Ithaca College (IC) Board of Trustees: July 2020-July 2022 | Information Technology (IT) Audio Visual Technician (AVT): August 2021-July 20227 | Cereal Ministry Member: Fall 2021-Present | IC Democrats Interim President: Fall 2022-Present | Tompkins County Democratic Committee (TCDC) 5th Ward Member: September 2021-Present | Tompkins County Board of Elections, Elections Inspector: June 2020-Present | Village at Ithaca Achievement Coach: June 2017-August 2020 | STEP Assistant, Cornell Science Technology Entry Program: April 2022-Present 

Mateo Hernandez

Mateo is posing for headshot on light background. Is black and white photo. Is wearing a black top and necklace. Is looking at camera and smiling with high fade hair cut.

Major: Computer Science | Minor: Data Science

2022 -Present Student Employment (Catering Services) Spring 2022- Recipient of the John P.E Brown '35 Memorial Scholarship Fall 2018-Present LREI Community Service Club (Still act as a liaison between them and the Bowery Mission) Spring 2023- Prospective presenter at the CCSCNE 

Miriam Jean Brown

Miriam is posing in front of trees in background on sunny day. Is wearing a light pink patterned top and sunglasses. Has dark brown hair shoulder length.

Major: Culture and Communication | Minor: Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

BOLD Scholar (Fall 2021-Spring 2023) | Ithaca Achievement Program (October 2019-May 2020) | HerCampus Member (Jan 2020 - May 2021) | Graphic Novel Advisory Board Member (Jan 2021 - March 2021) 

Nicholas Daniel Lapinig

Nicholas is posing for picture in front of patterned brick facade.  Is wearing a grey and purple coat and glasses. Is looking at the camera and smiling.

Major: Cinema and Photography | Minor: Writing for Film, TV, and Emerging Media

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar: Fall 2019-Spring 2023 | Delta Kappa Alpha Pi Chapter  (DKA) Member: Spring 2020-Spring 2023 / DKA CineJournal Editor: Fall 2021-Spring 2022/  DKA Diversity Chair: Fall 2022- Spring 2023 | Ithaca College Asian-American Alliance (AAA) Member: Fall 2021- Spring 2023/ AAA E-Board (Vice President of External Affairs): Spring 2023 | Harmony Theatre Collective E-Board (Technical Director): Fall 2022- Spring 2023 | Ithaca College Student Auxiliary Safety Patrol (SASP) Probationary Member: Spring 2022-Spring 2023/ SASP Junior Member Junior Member: Spring 2023 | IC Current Writer: Spring 2022- Fall 2022 | Ithacon Organizing Team: Spring 2022 | ICTV (After Hours, Director's Chair, E-Sports Coverage): Fall 2019-Fall 2022