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.
2018 Outstanding Senior Award Recipients:

Jessica Roberts - Freeman Medal RecipeintLeah Kaplan
Leah Kaplan will graduate Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Communication. A Scottsdale, Arizona, native Leah has actively pursued a wide range of activities throughout her time at the University of Arizona.

Leah’s involvement during her sophomore year included her position as a Resident Assistant in the Gila Residence Hall, where she hosted programs about sustainability and social justice for over 150 residents. Leah’s senior year saw her taking on leadership roles as president of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, and as treasurer of the Arizona Model United Nations club (AZMUN). As treasurer of AZMUN, she secured nonprofit status for the club, which supported increased member attendance at national conferences and allowed AZMUN to host a high school conference for over 500 students.

Leah has represented the University at multiple local and national conferences. She presented research posters at two Undergraduate Biology Research Program annual conferences. At the national Society of Women Engineer’s conference, Leah participated in the Undergraduate Rapid-Fire Research Competition, ultimately placing first. The competition challenges finalists to present their work in four minutes followed by one minute of rapid-fire questions from the audience. Most recently, Leah partnered with a student from Eller to compete in an ethics in engineering case competition. The team brought home silver for their solution to the engineering, ethical, and business challenges of the case.

This past spring Leah was involved with a science diplomacy and policy conference hosted by the College of Engineering. She volunteered as a rapporteur, taking notes during the various speeches and panels. Following the conference, she assisted with the write-up of the post-conference proceedings, which were recently published. This experience sparked Leah’s interest in science policy and diplomacy, a field which she hopes to pursue in the future.

After graduation, Leah plans to work in Washington, D.C. at an organization focused on science policy issues prior to pursuing an engineering graduate degree.

Jacob Winkelman - Freeman Medal RecipientKendra Yoffie
Kendra Yoffie will graduate Magna Cum Laude from the Eller College of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree, with majors in Finance and Management Information Systems. Originally from Saratoga, California, Kendra is the sixth member of her family to attend the University of Arizona. Kendra has been recognized as a Zipperman Scholar, William J. Sheoris Scholar, Leland B. Groezinger Scholar, Bank of America Diversity Scholar, Outstanding Finance Senior and twice named as one of Eller’s Top 50 Women of the Year.

Kendra spent her freshman and sophomore years exploring different academic and extra-curricular opportunities. As a sophomore, she was initiated into the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity and accepted into an Introduction to Wall Street class. These experiences ignited her passion for the financial services industry and greatly influenced her decision to pursue a career in investment banking. The following summer, while serving an internship at PTC, Inc., Kendra reached out to almost every Arizona alum and more than 500 professionals on Wall Street, eventually earning an internship at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for the summer following her Junior year.

Kendra has worked diligently to expand the University’s network and introduce students to a wide variety of potential career paths and mentors. She currently serves as President of the Investments Club, is a member of the Wall Street Scholars program and the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity, acts as a Career Coordinator for Panhellenic and IFC organizations, and leads the Women in Finance initiatives on campus. She has helped these organizations reach over 1,500 students campus-wide. Through her investment of time, energy, and contacts, Kendra has earned a platform to share stories, answer questions, mentor others, and inspire students to pursue a field they might have known little about. She has actively been involved in expanding the number of alumni working with students and the number of forums available for that engagement.

Following graduation, Kendra will return to New York to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Consumer and Retail Investment Banking team.