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The Student Service Award recognizes service by a College of Health and Human Development student with service to the College of Health and Human Development, Penn State, and the community.

Submit a Nomination


This award will be given to one baccalaureate degree student in the College of Health and Human Development. Candidates must:

  1. have at least sixth semester standing by spring semester of nominating year, and
  2. have maintained a 2.75 grade point average.


The individual’s interests and actions enhance the College of Health and Human Development and its Alumni Society by promoting service to individuals, families, and communities and encouraging and fostering personal and professional development.


The actions of the recipient of the Student Service Award exemplify the College of Health and Human Development's commitment to improving the quality of people's lives. This award focuses on service to others as a means of improving quality of life. The recipient may serve others in one or more of the following settings:

  • The College of Health and Human Development
  • Penn State
  • The community

The service may occur as part of the individual's participation in a service or nonprofit organization, or an entity, organization, or event of the recipient's own creation. The service shall occur within a field related to health or human development.

Nominating Procedure

The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations will receive the nominations and forward them to the Awards Committee of the HHD Alumni Society. Nominations may be made by students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Students may and are encouraged to nominate themselves.

The nomination/self-nomination shall consist of:

  1. Completed online application form 
  2. A rationale of why the nominee should be considered.
  3. Nominee's College of Health and Human Development activities.
  4. Nominee's Penn State activities.
  5. Nominee's community activities. 
  6. Nominee's awards and honors. 
  7. If this is a student self-nomination, the name and email address of one faculty or staff member who could serve as a reference to the selection committee is needed. This reference should be someone who could attest to the nominee’s outstanding service.

Selection Committee

The recipient of this award shall be selected by the Awards Committee of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board.

The Award

The recipient shall receive a life membership in the Penn State Alumni Association. The recipient will also receive a plaque, which will be presented at a ceremony during the spring meeting of the HHD Alumni Society Board.

Past Recipients icon-olus-circle
2023 Lauren Koczwara, BBH
2022 Kate Bensing, BBH
2021 Keally Haushalter

Henry Deteskey


Micheal Healy

2018 Anna Canova
2017 Melissa Minniti
2016 Andrew Artz
2015 Lenea Harris
2014 Jasmyn Franklin
2013 Kristen Boggan
2012 Shanttel Liberato
2011 Amanda Maples
2010 Evan Altneu
2009 Melissa Lennox
2008 Be-Ut Le, BBH
2007 Shartaya Mollett, HDFS
2006 Jennifer Regester, NUTR
2005 Holly Hantz, NUTR
2004 Jill Pakulski, NUTR
2003 Annina Burns, NUTR
2002 Sarah Callaghan Smith, NUTR
2001 Danny Freund, HD FS
2000 Lauren J. Zabrosky, KINES
1999 Rebecca A. Chaikin, NUTR
1998 Mark Sadaka
1997 Patricia Brugger, Jacqueline Java
1996 Brandia Booke
1995 Pamela J. Sheets
1994 Betty L. Koehler
1993 Barbara Garbrick
1992 Erica Glass, Andrew Mowen
1991 Sharon Rosbury, Tracy Titus
1990 Ann E. Baker, Chandra Ford, Michelle Mikanowicz
1989 Rachel S. Lyter, Maryann S. Mawhinney, Kelly Jean Maloney
1988 Mark Crider
1987 Margaret Behrmann
1986 Laura Metcalf
1985 Cynthia Smay
1984 Diane Wetzel
1983 Diane Dudas
1982 Diane Drabinsky
(inaugural year)
Beth Mincemoyer