Senior Morgan Duffy wins SAA’s Sterling Award

Morgan Duffy
Morgan Duffy delivering the student address at 2012 Convocation (Photo: L.A. Cicero)

Graduating senior MORGAN DUFFY has received the Stanford Alumni Association’s 2013 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford.

HOWARD WOLF, president of the Stanford Alumni Association and vice president for alumni affairs, presented the award at the association’s board meeting last month.

Duffy, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in human biology, has been actively involved in campus life. She was a junior class president and co-founder of Power to Act, a student group dedicated to safe social spaces for students with invisible and visible disabilities. She played an integral role in Dance Marathon, was the 2012 Freshman Convocation speaker and is currently a Senior Gift co-chair.

One of her nominators described Duffy’s role as a teaching assistant in his American Health Care Policy course this way: “Morgan is a special person – one of the rare kinds of students that got my attention for her dedication and kindness. Students respected her in a way that went far beyond the class.” Others commented on her resilience, strength and commitment to Stanford.

The Sterling Award citation honors Duffy for the “gentle yet sage wisdom she offers to her classmates, her colleagues and her university, showing us all what it means to be a dedicated volunteer,” and “for being a young woman whose very presence proves every day that fulfilling dreams is what everyone is meant to do.”

The Alumni Association presents the Sterling Award annually to a graduating senior whose undergraduate activities have made an impact on campus and who demonstrates strong potential for continued service to the university and the alumni community.

The award is named for the late J. E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford’s president from 1949 to 1968.

—CARA HANELIN, Stanford Alumni Association