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 $500.00 check.

About JoAnne Day
2019 JoAnne Day Student of the Year Recipients

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 completed their undergraduate internship between August 2019 – August 2020 while enrolled at a PennACE member institution.  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.

Applicants must submit:

  1. the online Application Form and Student Essay
  2. resume (uploaded as a document or pdf in Application Form and Student Essay)
  3. two letters of support; one completed online by college/university personnel (faculty/staff/administrator); one completed online by the internship/coop site supervisor

Share the links below with your internship site supervisor and your university/college contact and ask them to complete the appropriate form.  The professional contacts you use will be asked to describe your internship experiences, challenges or recognitions, as well as accomplishments.
Internship Site Supervisor Support Statement
College/University Personnel Support Statement

  • If the applicant interns at their University, they still must submit two letters of support.


  • Application packet materials must be received by Monday, November 18, 2019.
  • Application materials submitted outside of the required time frame will not be considered. 

Resume - 15 points
Complete Application and Student Essay - 40 points
Internship Site Support Statement - 30 points
College/University Support Statement - 15 points

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 
  • Honors or recognitions relevant to the internship/co-op, and/or contributions and achievements to the employer, your school, or the community

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

  • Student’s work related duties and projects along with quantity and quality of work
  • Examples of the student’s initiative, and/or creative, original work
  • Examples of how the student was challenged
  • Reflection on the overall impact that the student had on the department or organization
  • Published work or presentations made by the student and/or any recognition or awards given to the student by the organization

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

  • Student’s involvement in or contributions to the campus and/or the community
  • Student’s character
  • Student’s academic performance addressed in general terms only – do not indicate GPA
  • How the experience contributed to the student’s academic experience, even if the experience was not completed for academic credit


Nov. 19-29, 2019:            Applicant eligibility verification by Chairperson and selection materials packets prepared
December 2-13, 2019:    Application materials reviewed by the selection committee
December 18, 2019:       Award recipients notified
January 13, 2020:           Deadline for recipients to submit a headshot and photo of themself at their internship/coop site  
February 2020:               Plaques and checks presented to the recipient by their respective campus career center
February 2020:               Recipients will be featured in an article in the PennACE Newsletter
March 2020:                   Recipients schedule recording of brief video clips for awards luncheon presentation
May 2020:                      Recipients will be announced at the 2021 PennACE Conference Awards luncheon
                                      (Note:  Recipients will not be expected to attend the conference)

Diana Brush, Student of the Year Award Committee Chairperson
[email protected] 

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

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) 
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)