Graduation Awards

Each year at our June and November Graduation ceremonies we present a series of awards to deserving students. Each award has a different set of criteria however, awards are not based solely on academics. Applicants must also display community and/or college involvement, leadership or communication skills and volunteerism. Students in their graduating term are encouraged to apply for these awards to have an opportunity to be recognized by the college community in addition to winning a cash prize.

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2018 Graduation Award Winners

Dr. Howard Rundle Academic Award

The Dr. Howard Rundle Academic Award is presented annually to a student who has achieved a significant academic standing while demonstrating excellence in leadership through involvement in Fanshawe College campus life (minimum 4.0 GPA).

Photo of Lauren BarnettLauren Barnett – Graduate of the Medical Radiation Technology program

Lauren's commitment to the college and dedication to her studies makes her an excellent recipient of this award. While maintaining a GPA above 4.0 throughout her studies, Lauren brought strong leadership and creativity to the Fanshawe community through volunteerism. In her first year, Lauren worked as a Residence Advisor developing monthly programs for students..

For the past two years, Lauren has worked for Student Academic Success Services as the Campus Life Assistant organizing many events on campus such as: Wellness, Services and Volunteer Fairs, the Leadership Conference and Head Start where she helped prepare incoming students for their programs.

This past year, Lauren was voted into the role of Student Academic Council Representative for Health Sciences and Nursing. She represented the entire faculty, attending board meetings, expressing student concerns and voting on policy changes.

Lauren has grown as an individual and a leader during her time at Fanshawe and is looking forward to beginning her career as a Medical Radiation Technologist.

Congratulations Lauren!


Mary Ann Darling Memorial Alumni Award

The Mary Ann Darling Memorial Alumni Award is presented annually to a student with demonstrated community volunteer work, above and beyond program requirements and achieved academic success (minimum 3.0 GPA).

Mathew Granger – Graduate of the Police Foundations (Accelerated) programPhoto of Mathew Granger

Mathew has given back to both Fanshawe and the community in extraordinary ways. Mathew served as the President of the Fanshawe Student Union for the Woodstock Campus where he organized numerous events and was committed to improving life on campus for students and faculty.

In the community, Mathew has been an active volunteer with Victim Services as an Emergency Responder where he is required to assist people going through some of their most difficult times. He has also been a volunteer with the Parkinson's Society since 2004.

At the age of 14, Mathew created a fundraiser called Blade for the Cure and rollerbladed across Ontario for 12 days to raise money for people with Parkinson's. Since then he has been actively involved in fundraising events. He has recently created The Education and Development Fund for Parkinson's in support of programs and services for those living with the disease. His goal is to reach $50,000 and become an official Foundation.

Mathew has truly accomplished great things while at Fanshawe and has become an excellent ambassador. 

Congratulations Mathew!


R.C. Hamilton Award

The R.C. Hamilton Award is presented annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to student life and/or community through leadership activities achieving a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Photo of Catherine MallingerCatherine Mallinger – Graduate of the Respiratory Therapy program

Catherine has demonstrated leadership qualities throughout her time at Fanshawe College. She served as the class representative of the Respiratory Therapy Student Federation as well as the Campus Representative for the Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists where she created and implemented many projects, organized the annual Respiratory Therapy Student Federation conference and communicated with students completing placements across southern Ontario.

Catherine considers her biggest contribution to Fanshawe College was her involvement with National Service Dogs, a non-profit organization that raises certified service dogs for children with autism, veterans and first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. Catherine, alongside the College, implemented a pilot project which assessed the needs of the College related to service animals. The project reinforced the importance of service dogs and normalized their presence in class. This project brought progressive and positive change.

Congratulations Catherine!


Harry Rawson Award

The Harry Rawson Award is presented annually to a student with extraordinary communication skills who has achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Photo of Yuyan DouYuyan Dou – Graduate of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program

Yuyan's professors describe her as a fast learner with an admirable sense of duty and professionalism and a high interest in community involvement. She has been an active volunteer in the International centre working as a settlement assistant and airport greeter, a FanshaweOnline Ambassador, as well as volunteering weekly at the Sharing Shop and London Food Bank.

Yuyan was a member of the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) with both the Fanshawe Chapter as the Secretary and the London Chapter where she organized professional panels, reviewed financial statements and networked with corporations across southwestern Ontario.

Yuyan's dedication to her academic success is matched by an eagerness to assist others.

Congratulations Yuyan!


President's Prize

The President's Prize is presented annually to a student who has made a meaningful contribution to Fanshawe College campus life (paid or volunteer) and achieved significant academic standing (minimum 3.5 GPA).

Photo of Carlie ForsytheCarlie Forsythe – Graduate of the Project Management program, FSU President, 2016/17

As a graduate of Fanshawe in several programs at the diploma and degree level, Carlie has demonstrated a love for learning and has become a true ambassador for the Fanshawe student experience.

Carlie has been described as a courageous, selfless, authentic and unique leader. She has been extremely active in the Fanshawe Student Union, being elected as the Vice President of Finance in 2015/16 and President in 2016/17.

Carlie's work has focused on others who are often not in a position to advocate for themselves or who are marginalized. Carlie took on many projects in her role as President, including restructuring the Student Union's governance, creating a bike-sharing program, the Fanshawe Student Union textbook bursary and fundraising for important events such as those affected by the Fort McMurray fires, Habitat for Humanity and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation.

Carlie's presence has helped Fanshawe become a welcoming space for the LGBTQ community, a safe place for students with disabilities and an inclusive environment to learn and socialize.

Carlie is currently the Student Representative on the Fanshawe Board of Governors, providing a student voice on broader college issues. Furthermore, Carlie was nominated as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Elgin-Middlesex-London, in the 2018 provincial election.

Congratulations Carlie!


Distinguished Student Award - Technology

The Fanshawe College Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to college life and/or the community and achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Photo of Emma MacmillanEmma Macmillan, Graduate of the Architectural Technology program

Emma's strong academic ability has been a great asset, as she shares her skills and expertise with other students as a peer tutor.

In the community, Emma has obtained her Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate Accreditation, which allows her to make environmentally friendly choices in life, her career and in the architectural field. Emma is motivated to continue to further her knowledge of sustainable building practices and help the planet.

Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc. currently employs Emma. She plans to work for a couple of years and then go back to school to earn a degree in building science.

Congratulations Emma!


Distinguished Student Award - Creative Arts

The Fanshawe College Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to college life and/or the community and achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Photo of Sarah JanSarah Jan – Graduate of the Photography program

Sarah is now a two-time graduate of Fanshawe, graduating from the Interior Design program in 2013 and now the Photography program.

A true leader in the classroom, Sarah has shown a real commitment to the college by volunteering her time and talents as a peer tutor, class representative and photographer for many events on campus.

At Fanshawe, Sarah has worked with our Entrepreneurial Services, providing digital images of young entrepreneurs, as well as providing fashion photography for the Interior Design programs and magazine.

She also has projects within the community, providing photography and videography for athletes with disabilities.

Sarah is currently an entrepreneur, establishing an international photography business with a focus on wedding photography. An advocate of Fanshawe College, she plans to promote Fanshawe and to offer field placement opportunities to future students.

Congratulations Sarah!


Distinguished Student Award - Business

The Fanshawe College Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to college life and/or the community and achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Photo of Katelyn MillerKatelyn Miller – Graduate of the Office Administration - Executive program

Katelyn has proven to be a compassionate and dedicated leader, excelling both academically and in her extra curricular involvement. Katelyn successfully balanced three jobs, a full course load, a co-op placement, a GPA of 4.0 in addition to all her on and off campus volunteer commitments.

She was selected as the leader for the FanshaweOnline Ambassador program, as well as the President of the Fanshawe Rotatact Club. Katelyn organized various events; for example, a CIBC run for the Cure, an epilepsy awareness campaign, and a large Movember event for Men's Health.

Katelyn was a trailblazer when seeking out her co-op placements. She utilized her network to find both of her placements. In doing so, she introduced two new companies to Fanshawe's cooperative education programs and the strong skill sets of Fanshawe College students.

Katelyn's commitment to connecting with others and passion for working in her community make her very deserving of this award.

Congratulations Katelyn!


Distinguished Student Award - Community

The Fanshawe College Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to college life and/or the community and achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Photo of Selena SmithSelena Smith – Graduate of the Protection, Security and Investigation program

Selena has successfully balanced being a single mother, top student, employee and committed volunteer within Fanshawe and the community.

Selena has been described as having a strong work ethic, with a high level of professionalism and integrity. Selena was one of just 24 students offered a development opportunity to travel to Miami to work first-hand with multiple law enforcement agencies.

At Fanshawe, Selena has been a peer liaison for first-year students, helping new students integrate by organizing various team-building and social events.

She has worked with Victim Services Middlesex London for over a year and recently became a team leader. Selena plans to continue working with victims of crime and hopes to become a trauma counsellor.

Selena has been accepted to King's College's Psychology program and will be working towards a dual degree in Psychology and Thanatology beginning in September.

Congratulations Selena!


Distinguished Student Award - Health

The Fanshawe College Distinguished Student Award is presented annually to a student who has made a significant contribution to college life and/or the community and achieved a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Photo of Emily RoweEmily Rowe – Graduate of the Respiratory Therapy program 

Emily's passion and strong commitment to helping others makes her very deserving of this award. Emily has played an active role in the peer-to-peer program since 2011 even before she was a student at Fanshawe, helping international students with their adjustment to life in Canada. Emily was also the director of public affairs of the Respiratory Therapy Student Federation and the captain of the Fanshawe women's ice hockey team.

After losing both her parents to cancer, Emily's long-standing volunteer position with the Canadian Cancer Society and the activities supervisor for Relay for Life proves to be her most rewarding and impactful role.

Emily is currently employed by London Health Sciences Centre working at University Hospital as a respiratory therapist.

Congratulations Emily!