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USJ Announces 2020 Undergraduate Award Recipients

USJ Announces 2020 Undergraduate Award Recipients

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) today released the list of its 2020 Undergraduate Award recipients. These awards honor student accomplishments in a variety of areas, and highlight the dedication and drive of USJ's undergraduates. While the USJ community couldn't come together in person to celebrate these students this year, the University is united in its pride for their achievements.

"These USJ students proved once again this year that they can meet and exceed their academic and extracurricular goals. Now, more than ever, our communities need talented and focused individuals like these, and we expect them to continue to lead in the future, whether they move into the workforce or pursue graduate studies," said Provost Michelle Kalis, Ph.D.


The USJ Department of Athletics annually recognizes three Undergraduate Major Awards: The Nancy Saunders Spada Athletic Leadership Award, Cardarelli Senior Scholar-Athlete Award, and Blue Jay Senior Student-Athlete Award. These three prestigious awards are given out to three select student-athletes who embody what it means to be a Blue Jay. They exemplify hard work, dedication, passion, commitment, and leadership not only in their sport, but also in the classroom and in the community.

The Nancy Saunders Spada Athletic Leadership Award is given out to a student-athlete who demonstrates exceptional leadership skills throughout his/her athletic career. The 2020 recipient is senior Olivia Norton (Berlin, Conn.) from the USJ women's soccer team.

The Cardarelli Senior Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to a senior student-athlete who holds a 3.2 cumulative GPA or better. He/she must be a starter or significant reserve in his/her sport and must compete in at least 50% of the contests in his/her senior year. This year's recipient is senior Domonique Carnot (Meriden, Conn.) of the USJ women's tennis team.

The Blue Jay Senior Student-Athlete Award is awarded to a senior student-athlete who makes a significant contribution to his/her sport for at least three years. He/She must also make a commitment to the University of Saint Joseph over his/her college career such as demonstrating leadership, community service, and spirit. This year's recipient is senior McKenna Driscoll (Bristol, Conn.) of the USJ softball team.

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