Honors graduate Bianca Nicole Manago of Lansing, Kansas, has been selected as one of this year’s two recipients for the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award, the highest award given to undergraduates at Texas A&M University.
The award honors top students who exemplify the leadership and related traits of the late Gen. Earl Rudder, a World War II hero who served as president of Texas A&M from 1959 until his death in 1970. It includes a cash gift of $5,00.
Manago graduated with a 3.9 grade point average while carrying a double major in Sociology and Philosophy. A University nominee to the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships, she is a founding member and chair of One Love, a group of more than 70 students who participate in a number of social justice, sustainability and green initiatives at Texas A&M and in the local community.
She also volunteers her time to assist those at risk for suicide, for various local trash clean-up projects and other clean-up projects on Galveston Beach. Manago is a founding member of One Aggieland, a group of social justice leaders, and was a member of the planning committee for Call Plus Response, an event that raised awareness of and provided practical ways to approach the issue of human trafficking. She has served as a teaching assistant in the Sociology department for three years and has been conducting research on social cooperation under Dr. Jane Sell. In addition, she has completed internships with the Texas Transportation Institute and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“Bianca impressed immediately – even the first day I met her,” one of her professors said in nominating her. “Later on, the students in the class were impressed, and began coming to my office asking me how they could be just like Bianca.” Another professor wrote “Bianca has stood out not only as the best student of her group, but also as one of the best students that I have had in my career.”
More information on the Brown-Rudder Award and other student recipients is available on the Texas A&M News & Information feed.