Merrill P. Freeman Medals

Dr. Merrill Freeman was born in Ohio in 1844 and served the University of Arizona as a regent and as a chancellor. His will provided for two medals to be awarded annually to students selected by the UA administration.
Qualifications include outstanding moral force of character. Additional factors which may be considered are: popularity, receipt of athletic awards, membership in organizations, service on committees and as officers. This is a medal award.
2017 Outstanding Senior Award Recipients:

Jessica Roberts - Freeman Medal RecipeintJessica Roberts
Jessica Roberts is a Finance major from Scottsdale, Arizona and will graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. What attracted Jessie to the University of Arizona was an Arizona Excellence Scholarship and its proximity to Scottsdale; not too far away, but far enough.  Jessie has been awarded Eller's Outstanding Collegiate Scholar of the Year, Outstanding Finance Senior, named as one of Eller’s Top 50 Women of the Year and chosen as Homecoming Queen.

Jessie spent her sophomore year interning with the Arizona Athletics Department and Mesa Airlines in their Financial Planning division. She was accepted to the Wall Street Scholars Program and received admission to a Wall Street Development class taught by a former Wall Street trader. This experience ignited her passion of macroeconomics and financial markets. The following summer, Jessie was one of 10 women accepted, from a pool of over 500 applicants, to the UBS Sophomore Women’s Wall Street Program in New York City.

With her growing passion for Wall Street, Jessie has become involved in extra-curricular finance activities. She currently serves as Director of Capital Markets Track in the Wall Street Scholars Program, mentoring students who are pursuing careers on Wall Street. In addition, she is President of the Investments Club, where she leads over 80 students, focusing on financial market discussions. To introduce more females to the field of finance, she has co-hosted two Women in Finance brunches, which exposes freshman and sophomore women to various careers within Finance, and offers mentorships with upper division students. Jessie is currently co-founding a Women in Finance Speaker Series aimed to help students better understand the day-to-day responsibilities associated with various finance careers, while highlighting successful women in finance.

This past summer Jessie interned at UBS in their Sales & Trading division. Following graduation, she will be working for UBS in New York on their Foreign Exchange Sales & Trading desk. 

Jacob Winkelman - Freeman Medal RecipientJacob Winkelman
Jacob Winkelman will graduate from the Honors College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Political Science, minoring in Spanish. In addition to his classwork, Jacob participated in the Honors College’s “First Year Project” where he performed independent research on the importance of affirmative action in higher education. This project gave him the foundation to pursue his honors thesis on rhetoric and protest movements as well as work as an undergraduate research fellow in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. 

As a political science major and Arizona native, civic engagement has always been one of Jacob’s passions. He joined the Young Democrats and Arizona Model United Nations (AZMUN) his first semester on campus, organizations that promote the involvement of young people in local, national, and international politics. Serving as director of recruitment for AZMUN, Jacob trained over 600 high school students from Arizona and Sonora, Mexico for the annual Arizona Model United Nations conference.

Jacob’s interest in civic engagement also led him to work as an opinion columnist for the Daily Wildcat, and teach English in Mexico through the U of A’s Vivir Mexico program. Jacob is currently a finalist for the Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico.

Jacob believes strongly that higher education institutions must work to combat systemic, intersectional oppression. As a student director for Pride Alliance with LGBTQ+ Affairs, Jacob coordinates over 60 events each year, manages a team of student interns, lobbies for policy changes within the university, and oversees partnerships with dozens of campus and community organizations. Additionally, Jacob has facilitated LGBTQ competency workshops as part of the SafeZone program for classes, student clubs, and Greek Life organizations. During his time as director, Pride Alliance was awarded the ASUA Program of the Year.

In the community, Jacob works as a Hebrew teacher at Or-Chadash Congregation and coaches basketball in the ASUA basketball league for Tucson youth.

After graduation, Jacob is moving to Washington D.C. to work for a pro bono legal organization that advocates for the rights of capital defendants.