Ryan Gerbes with testing apparatus

Ryan Gerbes, a first-generation college student and Science, Technology and Society Scholar, has received the Randall G. and Susan Woodfield Hoffman Endowed Scholarship. He is pictured here with a testing apparatus he helped assemble last year in his lab job on campus.

College Park Scholars Gives Out Inaugural Hoffman Scholarship

College Park Scholars recently awarded the very first Randall G. and Susan Woodfield Hoffman Endowed Scholarship, to Ryan Gerbes, a sophomore mechanical engineering major in the Science, Technology and Society (STS) Scholars program.

“I can’t begin to describe the honor and gratitude I feel as the first recipient of the Hoffman Scholarship,” says Gerbes. “The award, and the spirit of service, gratitude and community that it represents, inspires me to continue my work with fresh passion and commitment.”

Amanda Hernandez with Kevin Joseph, Kim Joseph and Bernard Joseph

Amanda Hernández (second from left) is the first recipient of the Kenneth A. Joseph Memorial Endowed Scholarship, a scholarship fund established by Kevin (from left), Kimberly and Bernard Joseph in honor of their late brother Ken. Ken Joseph was a longtime associate director for the Media, Self and Society program during the 1990s. PHOTO: Lisa Helfert

College Park Scholars Awards First Ken Joseph Scholarship

College Park Scholars has awarded the inaugural Kenneth A. Joseph Memorial Endowed Scholarship, to first-year Media, Self and Society Scholars student Amanda Hernández.

“Affording college was always something that I worried about, especially when I was trying to decide where to enroll,” says Hernández. “This scholarship is not only helping me on that front but has also inspired me to do more. I’m incredibly grateful for being chosen and hope to represent College Park Scholars more in the future.”

Scholars Alum: Sean Murphy, Creator of Peer Mentors

As part of our yearlong #ScholarsAt25 recognition of our 25th anniversary, Scholars is publishing occasional profiles on our alums. To be considered for an alumni profile, please fill out the form at go.umd.edu/alumniprofile.

Sean Murphy

Alum of:

Science, Technology and Society (STS)