ASU Alumni Association welcomes new class of 30 Medallion Scholars

May 29, 2015

The Arizona State University Alumni Association recently welcomed 30 incoming ASU freshmen into the Medallion Scholarship program, the Alumni Association’s signature scholarship initiative.

The Medallion Scholarship program incorporates components of leadership, scholarship and service. The scholars were introduced with a dinner at Old Main on the Tempe campus. ASU Alumni Association Medallion Scholars The ASU Alumni Association recently feted 30 new recipients of the Medallion Scholarship at a dinner at Old Main in Tempe. More than 100 students currently receive the renewable, $3,000-per-year scholarship, supported by sales of the “Sparky” state license plate. Photo by: Arizona State University Alumni Association Download Full Image

Medallion Scholars receive four-year, renewable scholarships of $3,000 annually, provided they actively participate in a mentorship program, contribute volunteer hours to the Alumni Association and other service organizations, maintain a satisfactory grade-point average and remain in good standing as an ASU undergraduate.

This year’s class of Medallion Scholars, who are projected to graduate in 2019, is:

•    Hibah Agwani, Perry High School, Gilbert
•    Cierra Apodaca, Basha High School, Chandler
•    Olivia Besthoff, Gilbert High School, Gilbert
•    Madeline Briguglio, Fountain Hills High School, Fountain Hills
•    Sydney Cereska, Pinnacle High School, Phoenix
•    Kendall Chan, Horizon Honors High School, Phoenix
•    Vincent Ciaramitaro, Red Mountain High School, Mesa
•    Celeste Cruz, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff
•    Briana Diaz, Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, Phoenix
•    Alexis Dong, Mesquite High School, Gilbert
•    Mackenzie Dunnahoo, Marcos de Niza High School, Tempe
•    Joelle Dykstra, Red Mountain High School, Mesa
•    Desiree Figueroa, Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix
•    Terence Funk, Peoria High School, Peoria
•    Hannah Graff, Basha High School, Chandler
•    Hanna Lalani, Hamilton High School, Chandler
•    Sergio Mejia, ASU Preparatory Academy High School, Phoenix
•    Alec Moss, Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, Scottsdale
•    BethEl Nager, Tesseract School, Phoenix
•    Rachael Nowak, BASIS Scottsdale, Scottsdale
•    Ariel Patterson-Gonzales, Arcadia High School, Phoenix
•    Sarah Purdy, Arizona College Prep – Erie, Chandler
•    Cameron Ribail, Fountain Hills High School, Fountain Hills
•    JamieLee Richardson, Agua Fria High School, Avondale
•    Nicholas Serpa, Campo Verde High School, Gilbert
•    Michael Starkey, Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix
•    Karla Valenzuela, San Luis High School, San Luis
•    Madeline Vitale, Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale
•    Keenan Woodburn, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix
•    Alexandra Wyroba, Horizon High School, Phoenix

More than 100 students currently receive the scholarship. During the most recent academic year, Medallion scholars received $300,000 in financial support.

Arizona vehicle owners with a “Sparky” license plate – ASU’s official collegiate license plate issued by the state Motor Vehicle Division – pay $25 annually for their plates, $17 of which supports the Medallion Scholars. Sparky license-plate sales began in 1989, and now there are more than 16,000 Sparky plates on vehicles throughout the state.

Reconstituted in 2006, the Medallion Scholarship Program was born out of the Alumni Association’s previous Medallion of Merit Scholarship. The original scholarship program traced its beginnings to the 1960s and provided merit-based financial assistance to thousands of students from across the state.

For more information on the Medallion Scholarship Program, visit To learn more about the “Sparky” plate program or to purchase a plate, visit

ASU receives $1M more to expand public-health law network

June 1, 2015

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University has received an additional $1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The additional funds enable the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, hosted by ASU Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, to continue in its scholarly and applied efforts focused on the role of law as a key driver for improving public health. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided key support for this initiative, contributing more than $3.5 million since its inception. portrait of James G. Hodge Jr. James G. Hodge Jr. is the director of the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, as well as ASU Law's Public Health Law and Policy Program. Download Full Image

“We are grateful to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for its generous funding for our office, consistent with its support designed to create a culture of health,” said James G. Hodge Jr., director of the Western Region Office and ASU Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program. “Law is a critical tool for driving systemic change to improve health in our communities.”

Since its launch in 2010, the Western Region Office has responded to more than 1,500 inquiries from public-health practitioners and officials, health-care providers, lawyers, researchers, academics, policymakers, students and media in 11 Western states and nationally. Network experts provide guidance on an array of public-health law topics such as obesity prevention, vaccinations and health-information privacy.

Most recently, experts were instrumental during the Ebola epidemic and measles outbreak. Prompted by numerous requests from public-health officials at the forefront of the 2014 Ebola response, Hodge and other Western Region colleagues created an Ebola Primer highlighting real-time legal issues, policies and approaches. They also responded to numerous media inquiries, delivered multiple lectures and penned more than a dozen scholarly publications on Ebola legal preparedness.

To learn more about ASU Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, as well as the Western Region Office of the Network for Public Health Law, visit

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law