Saunders receives Minority Achievement Award

MOUNT VERNON – Audrey Saunders, a senior at Cornell College, received the Alliant Energy Erroll B. Davis, Jr. Minority Achievement Award for academic achievement and student leadership. The award carries with it a grant of $2,500.

people_audrey_sauners_may_14_alliant_awardSaunders, an economics and business major, has been active with the Business Interest Group, Berry Center for Economics, Business, and Public Policy, and was part of an entrepreneurship case study with Cornell College President Les Garner this year. She was also recently inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honors society for economics.

“I am grateful for such an honor. Awards such as this demonstrate our community’s unfaltering support for excellence in higher education,” said Saunders. “I hope to prove myself worthy of this award through my graduate work.”

Saunders will pursue a Ph.D. in economics this fall at the University of California-Davis.

The Erroll B. Davis Jr. Minority Achievement Awards are presented annually to honor and recognize outstanding academic achievement and leadership by students at public and private colleges and universities in Alliant in Iowa and Wisconsin. Ten outstanding undergraduate students receive awards each year. The recipients are chosen by their peers and professors based on their individual scholarship, leadership and future career potential.