By: Nick Santangelo

Every spring, Temple University's College of Liberal Arts recognizes some of our outstanding students with our annual Baccalaureate Awards. These awards are bestowed upon students who excel academically across the college's various disciplines. Although CLA wasn't able to confer the awards during an in-person ceremony this year, the college is as proud of our winners as ever and is recognizing them for their achievements here.

Below, you'll find a comprehensive list of 2020's winners. And while the number of winners unfortunately prevents us from including quotes from everyone, we've chosen a couple of winners to highlight here.

"As a writer and someone who has always strived for academic excellence, receiving this award is a tremendous honor," said Chris Berardi in accepting the Toby A. Olshin Memorial Award. "After graduation, I will be working at Target as an Executive Team Lead, although I hope to publish some of my short fiction during that time.

"I also plan on attending graduate school in the near future (once I figure out what I want to study, that is). Needless to say, I am extremely grateful for the financial support and I hope to be in the position to offer my own one day."

Sam Olshin, whose family made the award possible, is once again impressed with this year's winner.

"The Olshin family established the Toby A. Olshin Memorial Award In honor of my mother, a long-time English literature professor and former Lindback Award winner," said Olshin. "Temple has been thoughtful and thorough in understanding the goal and intent of the award and has selected wonderfully deserving candidates every year."

Brittany John, a Psychology major, won not one but two Baccalaureate Awards in 2020: the Claude C. and Mary Carson Bowman Award and the Psychology Prize.

"I want to give you many thanks for providing support to our student body, especially in the time of this pandemic," said John. "I am a Psychology student graduating this spring, and I will be joining the University of Pennsylvania's Psychiatry Department research team. The award reminds me that excellence can always be achieved through hard work and motivation, so there is no need to fear the future.

"I aspire to become a professor of psychology at a university, and I hope to impact and encourage my future student body as generously as you have. Thank you for your confidence in my future despite never meeting; I would be delighted to thank you in person as well once the current state has passed."

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Baccalaureate Award winners!