Spanish Major Bryn Sharp Wins UA’s Robie Medal

Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:30am

Bryn Sharp, graduating with honors in Spanish and Latin American Studies, is one of two 2019 recipients of the prestigious Robie Gold Medal Award.

Awarded at UA Commencement by the Dean of Students Office, the award was created by Wendell T. Robie of the class of 1917 and Inez Benzie Robie of the class of 1916. Qualifications for this award include personal integrity, initiative, cooperativeness, enthusiasm, humility, well-rounded interests, active participation in student affairs, service to the University, willingness to give more than required, and love of God and country.

Sharp, originally from Boulder, Colorado, is graduatuating summa cum laude from the Honors College. In addition to the double majors, she minored in Portuguese.

As a 2017 study abroad student at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Chile, she volunteered with Valpo Surf Project, a community engagement program for urban youth, and as a teaching assistant at a local middle school.

After returning to the United States, Sharp participated in the Honors College Alternative Spring Break to experientially learn about local Native American culture and tradition, and interned at Adelante Mujeres, Oregon, a nonprofit aimed at empowering Latina women and children.

During her senior year, Sharp served as a UA Global ambassador and an Honors College PATH mentor, and volunteered at the Center for English as a Second Language and Pima Community College as a Citizenship Instructor and adult education TA.

Additionally, she interned at the International School of Tucson as a TA in a Spanish classroom. Sharp is an outdoor enthusiast, an active participant in Tucson’s climbing community, and seeks to inspire social and environmental stewardship through her photography.

After graduation, Sharp plans to continue serving the Tucson community through volunteer work aimed at providing equitable education and opportunity. In 2020, she will travel to Uruguay on a Fulbright scholarship in their English Teaching Assistant program. Following her return, she plans to pursue a graduate degree.

Originally posted by the Dean of Students Office. 

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