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The Colgate Alumni Corporation 1819 Award

Colgate's most selective and prestigious award, bestowed upon a student whose character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service to others best exemplify the university's spirit and the value of a liberal arts education.

Kori Strother '15

Kori Strother speaking at a Colgate podium
Kori Strother ’15, an Africana & Latin American studies major from Saint Louis, Mo., is the 2015 recipient of Colgate’s 1819 Award, the highest student honor granted by the university.

The 1819 Award is given annually to one student representing character, sportsmanship, scholarship, and service above and beyond their peers. While this year’s winner represents all of those qualities, she also had the courage to look Colgate in the eye to say, “you can do better.”

Strother helped lead one of Colgate’s most powerful campus reform movements in recent memory: A peaceful 100-hour demonstration at James B. Colgate Hall in which students called for a more inclusive and welcoming campus united against racial intolerance.