The following students have earned the highest academic awards offered by the Busch School. The Valedictorian is our student with the highest GPA; the departmental awards are presented to our students who have excelled academically in their major areas. We also offer the unique “Michael Novak Free Enterprise Award,” which is given to the student who carries on their work and research in the spirit of Novak’s inquiry into the intersection of philosophical and theological questions with economic research.

  • 2019 Awardees


    VALEDICTORIAN

    Jackson Martinez

    THE MICHAEL NOVAK FREE ENTERPRISE AWARD: Outstanding academic performance in the spirit of the work of Michael Novak and the Busch School of Business

    Taryn Watford

    DISTINGUISHED ACCOUNTING MAJOR AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most distinguished accounting major.

    Jackson Martinez

    DISTINGUISHED FINANCE MAJOR AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most outstanding major in the field of financial management.

    Lauren Ferraro

    DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MAJOR AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most outstanding major in the field of international business.

    Emma Pederson

    DISTINGUISHED MARKETING AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most distinguished marketing major.

    Francesco Brown

    DISTINGUISHED MANAGEMENT AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most distinguished management major.

    Elizabeth Volpe

  • 2018 Awardees


    VALEDICTORIAN

    David Fisher

    THE MICHAEL NOVAK FREE ENTERPRISE AWARD: Outstanding academic performance in the spirit of the work of Michael Novak and the Busch School of Business

    Nicolette Crisalli

    DISTINGUISHED ACCOUNTING MAJOR AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most distinguished accounting major.

    David Fisher

    DISTINGUISHED FINANCE MAJOR AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most outstanding major in the field of financial management.

    Victoria Principato

    DISTINGUISHED INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MAJOR AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most outstanding major in the field of international business.

    Christina Rimbey 

    DISTINGUISHED MARKETING AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most distinguished marketing major.

    Michelle Seals

    DISTINGUISHED MANAGEMENT AWARD: Presented to the senior judged to be the most distinguished management major.

    Regina Antoni 

    THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK EXCELLENCE AWARD: The Federal Reserve Bank Excellence Award, sponsored by the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, is presented to encourage and recognize outstanding achievement in the study of economics.

    Alexandra Gole

    THE FRA LUCA PACIOLI AWARD: Award given to the accounting graduate who demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and commitment to the accounting profession.

    Caitlyn Manalo

    THE ALEXANDER WORONIAK AWARD: Presented by the former School of Business and Economics for achievement in the study of business and economics, this award honors the leadership of the late Professor Alexander Woroniak, longtime chair of the former Department of Economics and Business.

    Abigail Sullivan