Previous Winners

2020—Carson Coulbourn

Carson CoulbournCarson is a third-year student from Richmond, Virginia pursuing degrees in Statistics and Religious Studies. In addition to her rigorous coursework, she serves as the philanthropy chair for her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, works at the Fitzroy on the downtown mall, and volunteers as an usher at Christ Episcopal Church.

In our interview with Carson, her passion for others was highlighted in every topic we discussed.  Not only was she passionate about her sorority’s philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, but she actively promotes other organizations that support suicide awareness and domestic violence prevention.  Carson is working to break down the negative stereotypes of Greek organizations by helping others foster deep friendships that extend beyond the social scene.  She believes that showing vulnerability is a vital foundation to forming deep relationships and plans on promoting a mental health initiative in the fall.  We look forward to seeing Carson continue her positive impact on the Richmond and Charlottesville communities and are excited to announce her as our 2020 Quentin Alcorn Memorial Scholarship Recipient.

2019—Meghna Shankar

Meghna ShankarMeghna is a fourth-year student from Chantilly, Virginia. She’ll graduate in May 2020 with majors in Biology and Spanish, as well as a minor in Entrepreneurship. Meghna serves as the president of the Biology Society at UVA and is a Girl Scout Troop Leader in the Charlottesville community. After graduation, Meghna plans to pursue a career in healthcare & life sciences, recently accepting a full-time offer at a life sciences consulting firm in Durham, NC.

In another record-setting year in total applicants, Meghna’s application stood out from the rest as it highlighted her academic success, as well as her leadership experience and volunteer work in the UVA and Charlottesville communities. In particular, Meghna founded Girl Scout Troop #3121, which builds upon the traditional Girl Scout experience by incorporating STEM-related activities and merit badges into its curriculum. In addition to her work as a Troop Leader, Meghna is a member of Kappa Delta and has served in multiple leadership roles in her sorority. As an Asian-American, she has openly shared her experience as a minority in Greek life with her fellow sisters in order to promote more conversation and inclusivity. Meghna is an immaculate example for those around her, and we are proud to award her the scholarship for the 2019 school year.

2018—Augusta Durham

Augusta DurhamAugusta is a fourth-year student from Reston, VA completing a Distinguished Major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS), as well as majoring in Global Development Studies and minoring in African American Studies. She currently serves as President of Pi Beta Phi Sorority and was previously their VP of Communications.

Among the 65 applications the committee received, the most ever in this scholarship’s short history, Augusta stood out for her leadership and ability to affect change as the President of Pi Phi. When asked to share a time she helped a sister in need, Augusta described her role in promoting events that assist sisters in accomplishing their academic, professional and personal goals. She created programs such as Pies for Professors, which fosters stronger ties to UVA’s academic community and Desserts and Dialogue, which encourages sisters to share effective ways to navigate life at UVA and beyond as they search for internships and jobs. Outside of Pi Phi, Augusta serves as an assistant in UVA’s WGS and Anthropology Departments and works as an intern at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, which develops female leaders who work on social justice issues. In her spare time, Augusta creates ‘niche Spotify playlists’ and makes ‘delicious crepes’ that are undoubtedly served at Pi Phi’s Desserts and Dialogue discussions.

2017—Gabby Struckell

Gabby is a fourth-year Neuroscience Major, Dance Minor from Dallas, TX. She enjoys seeking out opportunities of combining her interest in the neuroscience field with her passion for dance and creativity. She loves engaging with the Charlottesville community and has truly found a home at UVA. Gabby is also a proud member of the Virginia Epsilon Chapter of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women.

After joining Pi Phi in the Spring of 2015, Gabby knew that she wanted to be involved in shaping the future of the chapter. She was elected Vice President of Fraternity Development in the Spring of 2016. As VPFD, Gabby enjoyed planning initiation for the new members, and educating the chapter about fraternity heritage, spreading a passion for ceremony and ritual. In the Spring of 2017, Gabby was elected Chapter President and since has enjoyed the position thoroughly. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with chapter members and hearing their ideas to make the chapter a comfortable place for everyone. She also enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with other chapter presidents in the ISC, IFC, MGC, and the NPHC. Gabby was very excited to hear that she was awarded this scholarship, and is so thankful to the selection committee.

2016—Joe Sweeney

Joe SweeneyWith unanimous selection, we are honored to present the 2016 Quent Alcorn Scholarship to Joe Sweeney.

Joe is a third-year Systems Engineering student from Evergreen, CO, and a brother of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

As a brother of TKE, Joe has served as brotherhood chairman, president, treasurer and philanthropy chair. He joined TKE, a relatively new fraternity on Grounds, because he knew he “could be a part of something great and offer his time and abilities to better the fraternity”. For his outstanding dedication and selfless-service towards his fraternity, Joe received the regions “Best New Member” award from TKE national headquarters and the “Emerging Leader” award from the Interfraternity Council at UVA.