Alex Ballard ’20 in front of Capitol building

Alex Ballard ’20 Named Cheverton Award Recipient The Campus Leadership Awards were announced during an online presentation honoring graduating seniors and other exceptional students.

Alex Ballard ’20 has been awarded Chapman University’s highest undergraduate student honor, the Cheverton Award. Dean of Students Jerry Price made the announcement during an online presentation of the Campus Leadership Awards on May 15.

The Cheverton Award is the oldest and highest undergraduate student honor, awarded by a vote of the full Chapman faculty. A gift of the class of 1929, the original bronze Cheverton Award cup remains on exhibit in Argyros Forum along with its successor, a silver bowl. These trophies are engraved with the names of all Cheverton awardees since 1929.


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Hello! My name is Alex Ballard and I’m so excited to be taking over the @chapmanufamily account this week during my last week as a Chapman student! I am a senior studying Political Science, Economics, and History. On campus, I’ve been heavily involved in @chapmansga, @chapmankapi, @cu_mortarboard, @cue_chapman, and Chapman Ambassadors, all of which have connected me with incredible people and defined my Chapman experience. I’m also incredibly grateful to have been selected as this year’s Cheverton Award winner. I have enjoyed my time at Chapman so much, so I’m excited to share it with y’all! Let’s get this week of graduation celebration started, as there are sure to be some fun moments along the way! #ChapmanU #MyLifeatCU #CaptureCU #pawsup

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Ballard, who triple majored in political science, economics and history, was able to watch the announcement from home. “My family was gathered around me and my heart was beating very fast because I was nervous. When Dean Price announced I won, I genuinely burst into tears, so in shock that I had been recognized with this incredible honor,” he says. “Winning the Cheverton Award is validation of my four years of hard work and sacrifice, as well as recognition for the countless individuals who helped me get here. It still feels surreal, so I hope I can continue to represent Chapman well after graduation.”

Other awards presented during the Instagram presentation include:

Gloria and Julian Peterson Award for Outstanding Leadership
Abigail Tan

Ronald M. Huntington Award for Outstanding Scholarship
Faith Holloway

Paul S. Delp Outstanding Service Award
Danielle Espiritu

Outstanding Diversity Leadership Award
Jacky Dang

James L. Doti Outstanding Graduate Student Awards
Wenzhao Li, Ph.D. in Computational and Data Sciences (doctoral category)
Sarah Bae, Master of Arts and Educational Specialist degree candidate in School Psychology (master’s category)

Outstanding Seniors
Lindsay Zumwalt, Abbigael Eli, Corinne Wai Yin Tam, Tiffany Vallejo, Avery Claire Bennett, Kiersten Chong, Olivia Mello, Summer Khatib, Jacy Sera, Nicole Williams, nico scordakis, Ethan Vieira, Muhammad Ali Karkoutli, Brad Jones, Lou Marshall

Outstanding Juniors
Ashley Nichols, Karmen Pantoja, Sanika Pandit, Brandon Fabre, Edena Khoshaba, Maddie Milla, Amber Osorno, Makayla Hall, Leo Ortega, Javari Hunt

Outstanding Sophomores
Stephanie Munduruca, Philip Goodrich, Sophie Srivastava, Ramya Sinha, Isabelle Garcia, Kelly Ma, Jessica Roux, Hannah Welsh, Ashley Okhovat, Abigail Bechtel

Outstanding First Years
Joselyn Rivera, Anne Berg, Sarah Wilson, Nikki Kalhori, Aaron Gutierrez, Anika Manuel, Carter Kane, Emma Drake,  John Mozan, Chandni Shah


  • Cohen Greek Leadership Scholarship
    • Karmen Pantoja
  • Dougherty Scholarship
    • Kelly Ma and Lucile Henderson
  • Newman Civic Fellow
    • Adelin Tiburcio
  • Goldwater Scholar
    • Edena Khoshaba

The entire virtual ceremony can be viewed through a series of posts on the Chapman Student Life Instagram page.

Follow along as Alex tells his Chapman Story on the @ChapmanUFamily Instagram during his last week as a Chapman student.

Staci Dumoski

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