Spirit of Maryland Royalty

Spirit of Maryland Royalty

The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented annually in lieu of a traditional Homecoming King or Queen honoree. The Award is presented to a male or male-identified and female or female-identified member of the senior class who through their achievements has most exemplified the "spirit" of the University of Maryland. Criteria for the award include outstanding scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, community service, and communication skills. A committee of faculty and staff interviews students who are advanced to the final round of the application process. The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented at the halftime of the Homecoming football game on October 28, 2017.

Criteria for Award
Criteria for the award include outstanding scholarship, leadership, campus involvement, community service, and communication skills. A committee of faculty and staff interviews the students who are advanced to the final round of the application process. The Spirit of Maryland Award is presented at the halftime of the Homecoming football game.

To be eligible for the Spirit of Maryland Award, a student must:

  • Be recognized by the University as being of senior status
  • Have 90+ academic credits*
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
  • If the student is expected to graduate by May of the following semester, and does not have the current 90 academic credit senior status, (s)he may still be eligible to apply.

Questions? Email Joe Calizo at jcalizo@umd.edu.

Spirit of Maryland Nominees and Winners

*denotes Spirit of Maryland award winners

  • 2016
  • Shabnam Ahmed
  • Adam Berger
  • Kevin Bock
  • Lauryn Froneberger
  • Nicolas Holocker
  • Christopher Ma
  • Bryan Pfeffer
  • Katherine Swanson
  • Tessa Trach
  • Kathy Zang
  • 2015
  • Liya Ai
  • Julio Ceron
  • Shannon Clash
  • Chris Frye
  • Malina Howard
  • Ankur Naik
  • Sarah Niezelski *
  • Allison Peters
  • Patrick Ronk
  • Iowis Zhu *
  • 2014
  • Raaheela Ahmed
  • Anthony Belton
  • Fang Cao *
  • Abisola Kusimo *
  • Amara Ndumele
  • Khalil Pettus
  • Michael Sikorski
  • Sree Sinha
  • Austin Trupp
  • Jazmyn White
  • 2013
  • Wendell Alston
  • Anne Collins
  • Jasmine Cruz
  • Gabrielle DeFranceschi
  • Stephanie Graf *
  • Omer Kaufman
  • Vaughn Midder *
  • Christopher Riley
  • Meenu Singh
  • Mohammad Zia
  • 2012
  • Sam Allen
  • Daniel Atlas
  • Starr Chen
  • Angelica Eng
  • Ashley Evangelista
  • Daniel Granot*
  • Sumanth Kuppali
  • Odunola Ojewumi
  • Katherine Rennenkampf *
  • Matthew Popkin
  • 2011
  • Manka Banda
  • Jaison Cooper
  • Lisa Davies *
  • Joshua Finifter
  • Melissa Nathanson
  • Maurice Nick
  • Robert Rosenthal *
  • Katelyn Weeks
  • Kaiyi Xie
  • Rosie Zhang