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Francesk Perpalaj, John Sutcliffe, Mark McWhinneyJohn Sutcliffe (centre), head of the political science department, congratulates LEAD medallion recipients Francesk Perpalaj and Mark McWhinney.

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences mints inaugural class of medallion scholars

Sixty graduating students who have demonstrated leadership, engagement, application, and discovery during their undergrad careers in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences were recognized Friday morning during the inaugural LEAD Medallion Scholars presentation.

“The idea behind the LEAD scholars program is to incentivise and reward students’ activities inside and outside the classroom,” says dean Marcello Guarini.

  • LEAD stands for:
  • “Leadership” through peer mentoring and campus involvement;
  • “Engagement” through service learning, study abroad, or other outreach activities;
  • “Application” through internship, practicum, or other hands-on activities related to a field of study; and
  • “Discovery” through undergraduate research or creative pursuits.

Students received either a bronze, silver, or gold medal based on how many of the LEAD categories they completed.

Gold medallion recipient Mark McWhinney, a dual major in history and political science, says the recognition will motivate students to participate: “It looks good on your resumé or transcript.”

Francesk Perpalaj, a political science student, received a bronze medallion.

“The options under the four LEAD categories provide students with a well-rounded volunteer experience where you can explore your strengths,” he says.

Both McWhinney and Perpalaj will graduate with distinction during Convocation ceremonies this week, and are headed to graduate school in the fall.

The presentation to LEAD Scholars was part of the Dean’s Breakfast held May 24 at the Jackman School of Dramatic Art.

—Susan McKee