JoAnne Day Student of the Year Awards

PennACE recognizes the achievements and contributions made by undergraduate students enrolled at member institutions who have completed an internship or co-op with the JoAnne Day Student of the Year Awards.   
There are four award categories: Business, STEM, Liberal Arts, and Associate's Degree. One recipient in each category is recognized and awarded with a plaque and $250.00 check.

About JoAnne Day
2021-22 JoAnne Day Student of the Year Recipients

Internships may include intern, co-op, student teaching, clinical or other academic experiential learning experiences. 

Select the category that best represents the nature of your internship/co-op; not the employer’s industry.

Undergraduate students in a baccalaureate degree program may apply in one of the following three categories:

  • STEM Award: Undergraduate students must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that is related to (or similar to) engineering, computer science/information technology, sciences or research.
  • Liberal Arts Award: Students must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that is related to educational services, social science/service, humanities or human services, government, communication, arts, entertainment.
  • Business Award: Students must have completed an internship or co-op assignment that is related to business, marketing, management, accounting, business development or strategy, finance.

Undergraduate students in an associate degree program are eligible for:

  • Associates Degree Award:  Students who have completed an internship or co-op assignment in any category STEM, Liberal Arts, or Business.


  • Applicants must have started and completed an undergraduate internship during the time period of August 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021 while enrolled in an undergraduate program at a PennACE member institution. Internships completed outside of this time frame shall not be considered.  References to experiences outside of that time period on the student essay or support statements will not be considered by the selection committee. Internships completed outside of this time frame shall not be considered.  
  • Applicants may only apply for one award category.
  • The internship/coop can be for credit, non-credit, paid or unpaid.
  • Past recipients of the award are not eligible

To be considered for the award, online application packets must be complete and include: 

1) an Application Form with student essay and resume  2) Letter of Support from Internship Supervisor 3) Letter of Support from University personnel (faculty, staff or administrator)

Application Packet Forms:

  1. Application Form and Student Essay and Resume (uploaded as a document or pdf in Application Form and Student Essay) 
  2. Internship Supervisor Support Statement
  3. College/University Personnel Support Statement
    It is the applicant's responsibility to 1) contact your internship site supervisor and your university/college to request completion of the appropriate Support Statement, 2) send them the appropriate online Support Statement links, 3) follow up with them to verify online submission prior to the October 11 deadline.  

Note:  The professional contacts you use will be asked to describe your internship experiences, challenges or recognitions, as well as accomplishments.  If your experience was held at your University, you must still submit two letters of support.

 APPLICATION DEADLINE: (Closed for 2021)

  • Application packet materials must be received by Monday, October 11, 2021.
  • Application materials submitted after this date will not be considered. 


October 11, 2021:      Applications Due              
October 12-15, 2021:  Applicant eligibility verification by chairperson and selection materials packets prepared for committee
October 18 – Nov 3:   Application materials reviewed by the selection committee
November 5, 2021:     Award recipients notified by telephone on or by this date
November 15, 2021:   Deadline for recipients to submit a headshot and optional photo(s) of themselves at their internship/co-op site  
December 2021:         Plaques and checks presented to the recipient by their respective campus career center
February 2022:           Recipients will be featured in an article in the PennACE Newsletter
May 2022:                   Recipients will be announced at the PennACE Conference  (Note:  Recipients will not be expected to attend the conference)


Online Student Essay Information should address these topics:

  • Where and when the internship/co-op occurred with a brief description of the site
  • Projects that you worked on (alone or in a team)
  • Skills and/or abilities attained or further developed as a result of your experience
  • How the internship/co-op is connected to your academic experience
  • How it has influenced your college and future career plans or goals 

Internship/Coop Site Supervisor Support Statement should address these topics:

  • Outlined and provided examples of students duties and projects along with quantity and quality of work and initiative. 
  • Examples of how the student was challenged
  • Reflection on the overall impact that the student had on the department or organization.  May include published work, presentations, awards or special

College/University Personnel (faculty/staff/administrator) Support Statement should address these topics:

  • How the internship/co-op experience has contributed to the student’s overall career readiness and skill development 

Diana Brush, Student of the Year Award Committee Chairperson

[email protected] 

Committee Members:

Diana Brush, Clarion University 
Heather Balas, Mercyhurst University 
Meaghan Clister, California University of Pennsylvania 
Joshua Domitrovich, Clarion University 
Kristin Fike, Central Penn College 
Patty Gochenauer, Penn State Mont Alto 
Erin Kovacs, Gannon University 
Anne Landon, Lycoming College 
Laura Riazzi, Gannon University 
Tammy Stuber Juniata College 
Kimberly Woodley, Saint Vincent College 

Please Note:  Applications submitted outside of the required time frame will not be considered. 

2020: Minnie Jones, CCAC (Associate), Madison Shick, Clarion University of PA (Business), Christopher Anderson, Central Penn College (Liberal Arts), Cailyn Hall, Univ. of Pittsburgh (STEM)
2019:  Taylor Mahan, Clarion University (Business), Kaitleen Brady, California University of PA (Liberal Arts), Vanessa Maybruck, Kutztown University of PA (STEM)  
2018:  Marshall Tutuen, Slippery Rock University (Business); S. Devon Farmer, Clarion University (Liberal Arts); Taylor Baum, Penn State University (STEM); Courtney Stump, Penn State University (Associates Degree)
2017:  Makenna Kuntz, Clarion University (Business); Emily Parker, Juniata College (Liberal Arts); Paige Laughlin, Penn State University (Technical); Katelyn Fyock-Myers, Clarion University (Associates Degree) 
2016: Ariana Heter, Slippery Rock University (Business); Christopher Cizek & Sophie Herzing, Lycoming College (Liberal Arts); Kristen Wilson, Waynesburg University (Technical)
2015: Shalen Perehinec, Juniata College (Business); Leah Handwerk, Lycoming College (Liberal Arts); Mario Soliman, Penn State Harrisburg (Technical)
2014: Matt Lee, The Pennsylvania State University (Business); Cassiah Stahl. Muhlenberg College (Technical),  Laura Brennan, Lycoming College (Liberal Arts); Xiaying Huang, Lehigh Carbon Community College (Associates Degree)
2013: Melissa Lee, Susquehanna University (Business); Jamielyn Samper (Technical); Tricia Johnston (Liberal Arts); James Szabo, Lehigh Carbon Community College (Associates Degree)
2012: Jennifer Hoppe, Millersville University (Business); Grace Evans, Slippery Rock University (Non-Profit); Emily Galli, Penn State University (Technical) 
2011: Kenton Filipowicz, Lock Haven University (Business); Hana Yasaki, Grove City College (Non-Profit); Zachary Robinson, Penn State University (Technical) 
2010: Rachit Tiwary, Dickinson College (Business); Leo McFarland, Franklin & Marshall College (Non-Profit); Alex Kossar, Muhlenberg College (Technical) 
2009:  Caitlin Miller, DeSales University (Business); Kaitlin Porter, Ursinus College (Non-Profit); Lindsey Draper, Juniata College (Technical) 
2008:  Sara DiNardo, The Pennsylvania State University (Technical) and Sarah Inskip, York College of Pennsylvania (Non-Technical) 
2007:  Nicholas Cimino, Juniata College (Technical) and Joseph Donohue, Shippensburg University (Non-Technical) 
2006:  Jack D. Flicker Penn State University (Technical) and Katherine T. Ringler, Ursinus College (Non-Technical) 
2005:  Donald Hackworth (Technical) and Kristina Tamny (Non-Technical) 
2004:  Angela Capece (Technical) and Ryan Richards (Non-Technical)