Senior Ian Macato has won the Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford

Sterling Award
Carol Benz, chair of the Stanford Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and Howard Wolf, president of the Alumni Association, right, with Sterling Award winner Ian Macato (Photo: Leslie Winick)

Graduating senior IAN MACATO has received the Stanford Alumni Association’s 2019 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for outstanding service to Stanford. Macato was recognized for his ability to empower others through his collaborative leadership style.

Macato, who will graduate with bachelor’s degrees in symbolic systems and in comparative studies in race and ethnicity, has been active with the First-Generation/Low-Income (FLI) community, the Pilipino-American Student Union, the Stanford Asian American Activist Committee and the Leland Scholars Program. He is part of the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership and was a producer for FACES of Community at New Student Orientation. Macato served as one of the co-chairs for the first Stanford FLI national conference hosted earlier this year.

“Ian is a true voice and advocate for equality and inclusion. He is caring, compassionate and relentless in his pursuit of justice,” said one of his nominators. Another commented that “what sets Ian apart is the results … the quality of excellence Ian produces is unparalleled.” Yet another said, “It is rare you come across someone with that much talent and compassion.”

The Stanford Alumni Association presents the Sterling Award annually to a graduating senior whose undergraduate activities have made an impact on campus and who has demonstrated 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 president from 1949 to 1968. It has been awarded since 1979.