Student Scholarships

Meet the 2020 Homecoming Scholars

UWAA is proud to honor six extraordinary students whose stories define today’s Husky Experience and demonstrate the difference a UW education makes. Each student received a $2,000 scholarship, awarded in September. Congrats to this year’s Scholars, and thanks to UWAA members. Your dues help support student scholarships like these.


Gillian Duenas

Master of Social Work | 2022

Born and raised in Bremerton, WA, Gillian is on her way to becoming a double Dawg. A 2020 graduate recognized as a member of the Husky 100 Cohort, Gillian is currently a graduate student in the School of Social Work. As a student, she has been an active member of the Micronesian Islands Club, ASUW Pacific Islander Student Commission, UWMC Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Clinic, and the UW Pipeline Project. Gillian plans to become a mental health specialist working with her Pacific Islander communities towards healing from colonial and historical traumas.

Headshot: Claire Gupta

Claire Gupta 

Law, Societies, and Justice | 2021
Minors: Entrepreneurship and Human Rights

A senior from Chicago, Illinois, Claire is enrolled in UW’s Interdisciplinary Honors Program where she is preparing for a future career as an aspiring human rights attorney. Passionate about increasing equity and access within the higher education system, Claire has been a student representative on both the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Vice President’s Student Advisory Board and the Provost’s Advisory Committee for Students. She is also a member of the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, a UW campus tour guide, and a big fan of Husky Football.

Headshot: Christian Love

Christian Love

Higher Education, PhD | 2021

A first-generation graduate student from Detroit, MI, Christian believes in the power of equity-minded transformational leadership and community development. His commitment to cultivating an inclusive campus environment is rooted in his passion for supporting others and advocating for diverse student populations. On campus, he has fostered community by serving as a mentor, resource, and role model within the College of Education, Riverways Education Partnerships, Brotherhood Initiative, GO-MAP, and Core Programs. Christian has developed a praxis for empowering individuals, advocating for self-care, and modeling a positive self-concept that he inspires in his students.

Headshot: Keziah May

Keziah May

Computer Science and Software Engineering,
UW Bothell | 2021

Minor: Mathematics

As a UW student, Keziah has worked as an officer of the Association of Computing machinery, volunteered on the Games with Purpose team in the Tech4Good research group, and created an online course to help computer science students learn skills that will help them get a job after graduation. Keziah is passionate about making STEM an inviting career path for all people.

Headshot: Dalton Owens

Dalton Owens

Community, Environment and Planning /
Political Science | 2021

Minors: Law, Societies and Justice / Architecture

During his time at UW, Dalton has sought out a cross-curricular educational path with the intention of preparing himself for a career in the built environment. Concerned about the inequities in city development, he hopes to enter his career with a mindful understanding of the difficulties that face varying communities as they expand and urbanize. Dalton will be serving as the ASUW Student Body Vice President this academic year.

Headshot: Madeline Zent

Madeline Zent 

Computer Science, UW Tacoma | 2021

A first-generation student, Madeline is dedicated to sharing her experience with others. As a Youth Outreach Coordinator, she has planned STEM workshops for 6-12th grade first-generation students and people of color. In her role as president of Outdoor Adventurers, she has created ski trip and half-marathon opportunities, and as an officer of HUSCII Coding Club, she has organized workshops, events and hackathons. When Madeline graduates, she will use Machine Learning to develop cutting-edge systems to improve the lives of people in the local and greater community.