Several recent Princeton graduates have been honored with national, international, and University-sponsored awards. The generosity of donors made their Princeton experiences possible and helped pave the way for post-graduate pursuits.
Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06: Sachs Scholar
When Dan-el Padilla Peralta ’06 was awarded the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, he received one of Princeton’s highest undergraduate honors as well as a way to pursue his dream of getting a second degree in classics at Oxford. Nameds Salutatorian of his class, Dan-el's academic career has been nothing short of brilliant, with study that has encompassed both the ancient world and the most contemporary of social concerns with dual degrees in classics and the Woodrow Wilson School. He hopes eventually to teach at a university—and to make contributions to public policy about education.
During his four years at Princeton, Dan-el benefited from the generosity of a number of sources including The Lawrence Riley Scholarship, established through the estate of Virginia S. Riley, in memory of her husband Lawrence Riley, Class of 1921; and the Edmund Yard Robbins Scholarship, bequeathed to Princeton by Mrs. Emeline P.H. Robbins, in memory of her husband Edmund Y. Robbins, Class of 1889.
Eric J. Leroux '06: Hockey Humanitarian Award
Men’s ice hockey goaltender Eric J. Leroux ’06 won the 2006 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an outstanding college hockey player for his or her strong commitment to community, team, and academics. Leroux was one of seven finalists from around the country and is the first winner from Princeton in the award’s 11-year history.
An ecology and evolutionary biology major, Leroux was involved in numerous organizations and projects outside of the rink. In the summer of 2005, he spent 10 weeks in Kenya working as an HIV counselor and educator. Leroux also founded the Princeton World Health Initiative, which collects and donates medical supplies from area hospitals and pharmaceutical companies, and a team initiative PUCK (Providing Underprivileged Communities and Kids), which donates old equipment to youth hockey programs. He also was named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference all-academic team for the third time. Erik Leroux '06 was the 2005-06 recipient of the Edythe F. and George H. Heyman, Jr. Scholarship, established in 1998 by William H. Heyman '70, in honor of his parents.
Soraya Umewaka ’06 and James R. Williams ’06: Labouisse Prize
Soraya Umewaka ’06 and James R. Williams ’06 were awarded the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which provides $25,000 to support research in developing countries by a senior or a first-year alumnus or alumna who intends to pursue a career devoted to problems of development and modernization. Umewaka (left), majored in politics, and planned to work in Maceio, a city in northeastern Brazil, mentoring street children. Williams (right), who majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, expected to serve as an apprentice to the well-known Indian environmental and human rights activist-lawyer M.C. Mehta.
Christopher D. Bohn '06: Gates Cambridge Scholar
Christopher D. Bohn '06 was one of forty U.S. students to win 2006 Gates Cambridge Scholarships, which give outstanding students from outside the United Kingdom the opportunity to pursue postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge. A chemical engineering major at Princeton, Chris plans to pursue further studies in the field while at Cambridge. Chris was the 2006 recipient of the Norma R. and Margareta Augustine Scholarship.