2022-2023 Elsie Hillman Honors Scholars

Delphie Backs

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School: University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Majors: Applied Developmental Psychology and Early Elementary Education

Minor: German Language

Certificate: Global Studies

Hometown: York, Pennsylvania

Civic Engagement Passion: Equity in Education

Community Partner: The Consortium for Public Education

Erikah Cudjoe

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School: Pitt College of Business Administration

Major: Business Information Systems

Minor: Legal Studies

Hometown: Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Civic Engagement Passion: Bridging Opportunity Gaps for Marginalized Communities

Community Partner: City of Pittsburgh - Department of Innovation & Performance

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Arjun Kumar

Bio: Coming Soon

School: University of Pittsburgh

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Civic Engagement Passion: Access to Quality Healthcare and Equity in Education 

Community Partner: The Pittsburgh Promise


Livia LaMarca

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School: University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Majors: Political Science and Sociology

Minor: Legal Studies

Certificate: Professional Writing

Hometown: Pingree Grove, Illinois

Civic Engagement Passion: Reproductive Rights and Women’s Health

Community Partner: Coming soon



Kim Le

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School: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Major: Biology

Hometown: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Civic Engagement Passion: Providing equitable and accessible healthcare resources to underserved populations. 

Community Partner: Jewish Family and Community Services

Madelynn Lederer

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Majors: Political Science and Public & Professional Writing

Certificates: Leadership and Television & Broadcast Arts

Hometown: Glen Mills, Pennsylvania

Civic Engagement Passion: Public initiatives on issues specific to the well-being of children.

Community Partner: DHS

Margie Lynch

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School: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences 

Major: Psychology

Minor: Neuroscience, Chemistry 

Certificate: Global Health

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Civic Engagement Passion: Understanding how language barriers and cultural differences impact the provision and outcome of mental health care among marginalized communities. 

Community Partner: Catholic Charities

Vishnu Maddipatla

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School: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences 

Major: Neuroscience

Minors: Economics & Chemistry  

Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia   

Civic Engagement Passion: Improving access to STEAM education for socioeconomically disadvantaged communities.

Community Partner: Remake Learning and Anne Olson, MSW from KnowledgeWorks.org

Nina Mennies

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School: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Major: Urban Studies

Hometown: Narberth, Pennsylvania

Civic Engagement Passion: Combatting food insecurity and food inequity 

Community Partner: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank


Lauren Posey

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School: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Major: Environmental Studies

Minor: Studio Arts

Certificate: Sustainability

Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania

Civic Engagement Passion: Working with communities to generate grassroots climate action and sustainable innovation. 

Community Partner: Women for a Healthy Environment


Ritika Segireddy

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School: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Majors: Neuroscience and Philosophy 

Minor: Chemistry 

Certificate: Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Hometown: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 

Civic Engagement Passion: Combatting the prejudice and discrimination that plagues healthcare delivery to the LGBTQI+ community.

Community Partner: Adagio Health


Ryan Yeager

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School: College of General Studies

Major: Public Service

Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania

Civic Engagement Passion: Having high-quality and affordable career and technical education opportunities for all students 

Community Partner: Auberle