Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award winners

Friday, February 19, 2021

Nine Buena Vista University business students and nine science students have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2020 calendar year. The following local students received the award:

Mason Peterson of Alta, accounting and financial decision making double-major in the Harold Walter Siebens School of Business, is a second-year winner.

Jacob Hull of Alta, computer science (systems) major in the School of Science, is a third-year winner.

The awards, which range up to $5,000, were created by two separate $750,000 endowments from the foundations established by Dr. Harold Walter Siebens and named after the long-time advisor and counsel to Siebens and the foundations. The endowments support annual awards for up to three pre-qualified, academically high-performing BVU business and science students in each of the second, third, and fourth years of school.

In many instances, the awards allow a student to help defray costs associated with living arrangements through the course of an internship. The awards may also assist with expenses related to travel and lodging in an experiential learning initiative. In addition to enhanced undergraduate learning experiences, fourth-year students can also use the funds for graduate school applications, entrance/exam costs, or professional certification. Upon graduation, students can also use the remaining award funds to help pay down student loans.

“The Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award provides a generous reward to students for their outstanding academic achievement in the previous year,” says Dr. Thom Bonagura, Dean of BVU’s School of Science and Associate Professor of Biology. “The pursuit of long-term academic excellence is specifically encouraged by the award through the selection of the highest achieving students based on their first, second and third-year GPA, encouraging students to strive for excellence across their academic career. The Rae Award’s message that academic achievement should be rewarded is a tremendous affirmation for these fantastic students.”