Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership

The Peggy Ryan Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership recognizes students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment.

About the Award & Qualifications

Applications for the 2024 Peggy Ryan Williams Award are now closed.  Applications for the 2025 award cycle will open in January 2025.

Peggy Ryan Williams served as president of Ithaca College from 1997 to 2008. She was a strong advocate for academic achievement, co-curricular involvement, and community service. Based on these qualities, this award for academic and community leadership was named in her honor. After her tenure at Ithaca College, Dr. Williams has continued to support student leadership on campus and involvement in the community. She is a role model for life-long service to higher education, as demonstrated by her involvement on the board of the American Association of University Women, and her global work with the Women in Leadership in Higher Education Forum.

This award recognizes students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment. The most outstanding students representing the College are selected for this award.

To be considered for this award, a student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be in good judicial standing, and have made contributions in multiple areas, including:

1. Community service,

2. Involvement and leadership in organizations, and/or

3. Paid positions of a selective nature.

2024 Award Winners

The selection committee for this award consists of leaders in each of the academic schools and the Office of Student Engagement, as well as students who are former recipients of the award. This committee reads every application, ranks them, and reviews each applicant’s qualifications – which results in these 71 students being honored.

Slideshow coming soon featuring all the amazing winners!


Jonah Alefantis, Class of 2025

Destiny Carrion, Class of 2025

Olivia Celenza, Class of 2024

Desoni Cooper, Class of 2024

Annabella Di Lillo, Class of 2024

Stephanie Duran, Class of 2025

Michelle Engler, Class of 2025

Katie Floyd, Class of 2025

Parker Friedman, Class of 2025

Caroline Grass, Class of 2025

Grant Johnson, Class of 2025

Rebecca Legato, Class of 2024

Matt Minton, Class of 2024

Isabella Mittelman, Class of 2025

Aria Mix, Class of 2024

Paige Morrissey, Class of 2024

Jess Moskowitz, Class of 2024

Abigail O’Shea, Class of 2024

Jaqueline Pereira, Class of 2025

Syd Pierre, Class of 2024

Kaitlyn Russell, Class of 2025

Naomi Sessler, Class of 2025

Liam Shields, Class of 2024

Kaitlyn St. Hilaire, Class of 2024

Kit Stitely, Class of 2024

Lilly Tollin, Class of 2024

Amirah Torrence, Class of 2024

Jaime von Bartheld, Class of 2025

Zoe Wegener, Class of 2025

Ryan Williams-Abrams, Class of 2025


Carley Kaiser, Class of 2025

Kristina Rae, Class of 2025

Gabby Rivera, Class of 2025

Sanskar Mehta, Class of 2025

Jake Trinchetto, Class of 2025


Manuella Asare, Class of 2024

Anna Cornell, Class of 2025

Mickey Eaton, Class of 2025

Bella Ferranti, Class of 2025

Cassidy Gallivan, Class of 2024

Holly Geyer, Class of 2025

Abbey Hall, Class of 2025

Maya Iskowitz, Class of 2025

Kailee Leung, Class of 2025

Ruari Maloney, Class of 2025

Mullen Quaye, Class of 2024

LeAnn Sindt, Class of 2024

Lily Stevens, Class of 2025

Kiley Sullivan, Class of 2024

Juliana Valli, Class of 2025


Nandini Agarwal, Class of 2025

Lenley Aikin, Class of 2024

Jay Barrett, Class of 2024

Hailee Daunis, Class of 2024

Jordyn Dolan, Class of 2025

Maggie Farber, Class of 2025

Ishmeet Kaur, Class of 2025

Carli McConnell, Class of 2024

Vanessa Mpofu, Class of 2025

Noah Rosenzweig, Class of 2024

Patrick Roth, Class of 2025

Surya Sharma, Class of 2025

Mikayla Tolliver, Class of 2024

Ryan Vincent, Class of 2025

Libi Warmund, Class of 2024

Stella Win, Class of 2025


Rebecca Blacksten, Class of 2024

Katie Gang, Class of 2025

Jordan Hayakawa, Class of 2024

Vincent Tavernese, Class of 2025

Cami Weldon, Class of 2025