Graduating senior Robert Chun wins Sterling Award

Robert Chun
Robert Chun, Sterling Award winner, and Howard Wolf, president of the Stanford Alumni Association.

Graduating senior ROBERT CHUN has received the Stanford Alumni Association’s 2016 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford. HOWARD WOLF, president of the Alumni Association and vice president for alumni affairs, presented the award at the SAA Board Meeting on Thursday, May 19.

Chun, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in economics, is recognized as a student leader. As chair of Stanford in Government, he helped expand SIG’s  membership, focusing on diversity and ensuring that SIG built civic and political engagement within the Stanford community. Chun also served as a member of the Haas Center’s National Advisory Board and was an advocate for Cardinal Service.

Chun was also a member of the Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee. In this role, he articulated the interests of the undergraduate student body.

After graduation, he will work for The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit consulting firm dedicated to ending cycles of inter-generational poverty.

One of his nominators described Chun as a “stand-out leader who has huge amounts of curiosity, clear-headedness and wisdom.” Another mentioned that he “transcended campus and community boundaries and encouraged thoughtful dialogue at a time when it was needed more than ever.”

The Sterling Award cites him “for possessing layers of wisdom and perspectives that belie his age, for being a seeker who always works to make Stanford better and for doing all of this with a tremendously humble and kind heart.”

The Alumni Association presents the Sterling Award annually to a graduating senior whose undergraduate activities have made an impact on campus and who demonstrates 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.