2018-2019 Alumni Scholarship Recipients
Brianna Barrick '21
As a college freshman, I have high hopes for my future academic career. Gonzaga is going to provide me with the solid academic foundation I need to be successful in my future. I aim to graduate within the next four years, and work for a nonprofit organization that is combating the evils of human trafficking. I have a heart that is ready and willing to serve others, and a mind that I will work to expand during my time at Gonzaga.
Evan Cox '20
Hey there! I am Evan Cox and I am going into my junior year studying Civil Engineering at this wonderful school. I will be returning to GU next semester from the study abroad program in Florence, Italy. I am very involved in the music program as a drummer and I love to participate in intramural sports. Growing up in Spokane I have always been a huge fan of GU but now that I am contributing to the community of Gonzaga I truly have never been happier.
Kira Dean '22
Kira Dean will be starting at Gonzaga in the fall of 2018 as a Political Science and International Relations major. She is very excited to be attending Gonzaga after hearing many stories from her grandfather and uncles of their time there. Outside of school, Kira participates in competitive archery and shotgun shooting as well as community theater in her home state of Arizona.
Campbell Dougherty '21
I graduated high school class of 2017 from Gonzaga Preparatory school in Spokane WA. I am currently majoring in History while also pursuing an education certificate. My goal is to be a high school history teacher. I have always wanted to attend Gonzaga, and when I got the opportunity to do so, I felt very blessed. As a freshman I have enjoyed my time on campus, both in and out of class, and am very proud to call myself a Zag. I look forward to attending Gonzaga for the next three years and continuing to enjoy Gonzaga and its amazing community.
Edward Dufresne '21
As a Freshman at Gonzaga University, the transition from high school to university challenged me to develop as a human being. Majoring in mathematics would generally restrict an undergrad to STEM related courses, rarely permitting deep growth within the roots of other liberal arts studies. However, I have generously been given the opportunity to become a well rounded person here through my religion and philosophy courses, work study position at the Office of Sustainability, and the multitude of other applications of my time and effort presented to me at Gonzaga. My first year here has led me to the most engaging and powerful experiences of my life, all of which I will cherish long after graduating. My post-graduation plans revolve around attending graduate school with the end goal of teaching as a professor at a university. I truly believe that Gonzaga will prepare me with the necessary tools to achieve this, as well as instilling in me Jesuit wisdom that will guide me through every future challenge.
Andi Clark '19
I am finishing up my junior year at Gonzaga, studying Business Innovation with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Marketing. I am from Fairbanks, Alaska and went to a Jesuit endorsed high school. I am not quite sure what I want to do after I graduate, but I can see myself working in marketing and eventually starting my own business. I participate in Club Volleyball and enjoy travelling to several volleyball tournaments on weekends throughout the year. I also participate in SMILE, where once a week I go to an after school care program at an elementary school to make crafts and play gym games with the kids. Last spring semester, I traveled abroad to attend Gonzaga-In-Florence, which became one of the most unforgettable experiences I have had while attending GU. The three years that I have already spent at Gonzaga have been the most influential and rewarding years of my life so far. Receiving one of the Alumni Scholarships helps continue these unforgettable and positively influential experiences for me at Gonzaga and I am very thankful to be so lucky.
Mikaella Crokrey '19
My name is Mikaella Croskrey and I will be starting my senior year at Gonzaga University this coming fall. I grew up in the Spokane area and always wanted to attend Gonzaga. When the time came to apply to colleges, I knew joining my sister as a Zag would be an incredible experience. My past 3 years at GU have taught me so much and I am grateful for the opportunities I have received here. While I am majoring Computer Engineering, I am also in the Gonzaga Honors Program and minoring in music. Between being in the honors program, studying engineering, and being involved in various music groups and ensembles on campus, any free time I have is spent volunteering in the Spokane community, hiking, or spending time with my family in the area. My current music activities include playing violin in the Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra, playing electric and upright bass in the Gonzaga Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, and Bulldog Band, and playing fiddle for local bands including Hot Club of Spokane. Although engineering is my primary field of study, I am looking forward to finding ways to incorporate music with engineering in a career that I am passionate about.
Amanda Ford '20
Hello, my name is Amanda Ford, I am a sophomore studying Business Marketing and Pre-Physical Therapy. I am also the Photo Editor for the Gonzaga Bulletin and I absolutely love my job. Since coming to Gonzaga I have been exposed to so many different worldly perspectives, I have been challenged in my classes, encouraged to join as many activities, clubs and intramurals as possible and have been sincerely glad that I chose to be a Zag. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, I and thrilled with your confidence in me and I am excited to see what lies ahead in the next two years I have at this amazing school and what more GU has to offer.
Micaela Granberg '19
I will be starting my senior year this fall, and I’ve recently been accepted into the Master of Science in Taxation 3/2 program here at Gonzaga. Additionally, I’ll be graduating with my undergraduate degree in Accounting. Gonzaga University has exceeded my expectations and given me a sense of community that I hope to implement throughout the rest of my life. Throughout my time here, I’ve been involved in numerous activities. The ones that stand out amongst the rest though are my membership in Alpha Kappa Psi as well as the Living and Learning Community I was a resident of during my first two years. I was also fortunate enough to travel abroad last fall through Gonzaga’s Florence program! The Gonzaga University Alumni Association Scholarship will help aid me in the pursuit of my master’s degree as well as allow me to continue to experience the quality Jesuit education that exists at Gonzaga. My future plans include interning at Deloitte’s Seattle office this summer as a tax intern, and I would love to eventually work in the non-profit sector as a tax consultant. Thank you again Alumni Association, for providing me with the means to continue my education. I am forever grateful for this gift.
Morgan Joyce '19
About to go into my senior year at Gonzaga, it makes me realize what a special place this university is. I have grown so much as a person and gone outside of my comfort zone by joining AKPsi, participating in Mission Possible, and studying abroad in Florence. All of this was made possible by the amazing support offered by professors, the lifelong friends I've made at this school, and of course scholarships. With the help of the alumni scholarship going into my senior year, I hope to continue this personal growth and be able to help others realize theirs.
Anna Pfluger '19
My name is Anna Pfluger. I am studying Math and Secondary Education here at Gonzaga. My time at Gonzaga has allowed me to interact with the Spokane community through my work at the Center for Community Engagement and in the schools that I have been placed in for my education courses. My experience here has helped me realize that after I graduate I want to spend a year or two doing service abroad before pursuing a career in a low income school in the US. Gonzaga has taught me so much about how I can help other people and continue to learn along side them. I am so thankful for all the Alumni donors who have given me the opportunity to study here and learn so much from the Gonzaga and Spokane Community.
Grace Portch '22
My name is Grace Portch and I live in Richland Washington. I currently am a senior at Tri-Cities Prep, and will be graduating in June of 2018. I am so blessed to continue my education at Gonzaga University this fall. I am excited to start my journey into the next phase of my life. I will be studying nursing with the hope of becoming a nurse practitioner one day. I am very involved in my community with different service projects, clubs, and activities. I have been on my schools cheer team for three years, ASB for two years, and have also danced competitively for most of my life. I am also the president of Pep Club, which is a club designed with the sole purpose of raising school spirit. I love the GU community and can’t wait to join it for myself. I feel so honored to follow in my mother’s footsteps as a Zag.
Megan Rice '22
I am an incoming freshman in the Honors Program at Gonzaga, and I am beyond excited to begin classes this fall after falling in love with GU during my visits. I currently live in Meridian, Idaho, and work at the Boys & Girls Club. In my free time, I work on costumes and set construction for my high school’s theater productions, which is an activity I plan to continue at Gonzaga. I volunteer at various organizations in Boise as well, and I look forward to the new volunteer opportunities and social justice efforts that I will find in Spokane. I also enjoy hiking in the Boise foothills, drinking coffee, painting, and reading. I plan to major in Spanish and Political Science, and I hope to study abroad in Spain my junior year. My mother has always spoken highly of the experiences she had at Gonzaga, and I am so grateful to the Alumni Association for helping to provide me with the opportunity to pursue my own experience at GU.
Monica Ripple '19
Monica Ripple is currently a junior mechanical engineering student at Gonzaga University. In addition to her education, she takes pride in participating in several other extracurricular activities on campus. As a member of the Gonzaga Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, she is an NCAA Division I athlete. Running as been an integral part of her time at Gonzaga. She has run thousands of miles, developed leadership and teamwork skills, participated in numerous volunteer events with the GU athletics department, and made friends for a lifetime. Additionally, she works as a Learning Assistant in Foley Library where she peer tutors students in STEM classes. Monica’s favorite part about attending Gonzaga is the community and supportive environment that encourages students to do their best. It is this legacy that Monica hopes to contribute to.
Brittany Robinson '21
My name is Brittany Robinson and I am a freshman from Phoenix, AZ. I am majoring in International Relations with minors in Leadership Studies and Women and Gender Studies and hope to enter into law and politics after graduation. On campus, I am a work-study in the Center of Student Involvement, in a Christian-Learning Community, have a radio show on iZag radio, and am a Seton. When not studying, I like to play in intramurals, go on runs, and listen to music
John Rosenberger '19
My name is John Rosenberger and I am a rising Senior at GU. I am majoring in Public Relations with minors in Leadership Studies and Environmental Studies. This past fall, I was lucky enough to be able to participate in Gonzaga in Florence. This was the first time I had left the USA, and I had a truly amazing experience in Europe. On campus this semester I have been working as an intern for Sodexo. In my free time I love getting outdoors to go hiking and rock climbing. This scholarship has made my life much easier, giving me time to pursue the things I am passionate about at GU. Thank you to all of the members of the Alumni Association!
Austin Salvador '19
My name is Austin Salvador, I am a current junior at Gonzaga, about to enter my final year during the 2018-2019 academic year. I am originally from Burbank, CA where I live with my parents, two sisters, and two dogs. Growing up, I developed a love for sports, especially baseball, and I found that I loved meeting new people by being involved in things like student government, volunteer work, and tutoring. Just recently, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy at the Gonzaga-in-Florence campus. During my time in Europe, I was able to see a total of thirty different cities over my three-and-a-half-month excursion. My time abroad was perhaps the most amazing experience of my entire life, and it would not have been possible without the help of the Alumni Association. While back on campus, I currently hold a work-study position in the Center for Student Involvement, and I am a part of the Comprehensive Leadership Program. Seeing the smiling faces of Zags all over campus is my motivation to be the best person I can each day. I am truly inspired by the work I see done each day by Zags, and I hope that I can help spread the infectious rush of joy that radiates all over the Gonzaga community.