The Provost Award was established in 2014 to honor an outstanding graduating student who transferred to the University of Arizona from an Arizona community college with at least 36 transferable units. Criteria for the award includes perseverance and commitment to academic studies, contributions to the University community and above-average scholastic ability, citizenship and leadership.
2023 Provost Award Recipient:
Ryan Ellsworth was born and raised in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He is a cadet, employee, and full- time student. Outside of school, Ryan is heavily involved in the Air Force ROTC program, a program that has been structured to help students earn a degree and commission as officers in the Air Force. Prior to the University of Arizona, Ryan was heavily involved in Keystone, a Boys & Girls Club volunteer program that hosted events to fundraise for the club.
Ryan is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Minor in Criminology. Prior to attending the university, Ryan received an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Pima Community College.
He is a recipient of the Air Force In-College Scholarship, and awarded both an Air Battle Manager and Combat Systems Officer position. He also received honor and warrior awards in his ROTC career, as well as the Cadet of the Semester Fall 2019.
Ryan must prioritize being an employee and a cadet in order to succeed as both a student and a leader. This can include waking up as early as four in the morning for ROTC events, doing schoolwork throughout the day, and working for Campus Recreation.
Having been raised amongst military service members, Ryan has always had the desire to serve his country for a purpose greater than himself. Following graduation, Ryan will be attending Combat Systems Officer training in Pensacola, Florida with intentions of furthering his academics by pursuing his Master’s Degree.
Moving forward, Ryan will continue to strive to become the example for his peers, loved ones, and will aim to be as successful as his idols.