Texas State University Outstanding Senior Woman Award

Nominations closed on October 12, 2021 at 5 p.m. and eligible nominees will receive additional information and a link to the application via e-mail.

Nomination and Selection Process


Faculty and staff are invited to submit nominations for the Texas State University Outstanding Senior Woman Award each year. Eligible students include Texas State undergraduate women who graduated or will graduate during the academic year (August through May) they are being nominated. This award, presented annually at the May commencement ceremonies, is based on leadership, scholarship, character, potential, and loyalty to Texas State University.


Eligible nominees will be sent an email with the application to complete if they are interested in accepting the nomination. The application must be submitted with a cover letter, resume, essay, and two recommendation letters. A committee of faculty and staff review all applications to select the award finalists.


The selected award finalists participate in a thirty minute interview with a faculty and staff committee. 

Important Dates:

Nomination Deadline: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.
Application Deadline: Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at Noon
Interview Dates: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 through Friday, November 19, 2021

View past recipients of the Texas State University Outstanding Senior Woman Award.

Anna Stewart - 2021 Texas State University Outstanding Senior Woman Award Recipient

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Ms. Anna Stewart

Anna Stewart graduated May 2021 with Honors, with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders with a Psychology minor. In the Honors College, she pursued one of her passions – health science research. As an undergraduate research assistant, she received the Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF), completed an undergraduate honors thesis, and received a grant to conduct a joint health science- engineering study. Her study evaluated artificial intelligence created for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). While completing her thesis, the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) accepted her project for presentation at their national convention. As an ASHA Minority Student Leadership Series participant, she learned leadership skills and supported strategies for underrepresented and underserved communities within her field. As a Terry Foundation Scholar, she has participated in community and university outreach, attended financial literacy events, strengthened her networking skills, and learned the importance of gratitude through service. 

            As the Texas State National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) president, she founded a mentorship program for future audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Her leadership role has empowered her to support mental health awareness and self-care management to students in a rigorous and demanding field. She supported the culture of excellence upheld by Texas State by creating open-minded and diverse spaces for young leaders to ask questions, access resources, and serve our community together through donations, charity walks, and food drives.

            These formative experiences at Texas State have equipped her to serve those with communication disorders through clinical research and systemic advocacy in her future endeavors. After graduation, she will continue to pursue her love of research by attending Harvard Medical School's Division of Medical Sciences Ph.D. program with a Speech Hearing Bioscience Technology concentration. She is thankful for all that have nourished her growth. She is grateful for her faith in God, her family's loving support, and the opportunities provided by the Department of Communications Disorders, the Honors College, and the Terry Foundation.

Abigail Lacey - 2020 Award Recipient

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Ms. Abigail Lacey

Abigail Lacey graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  She was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in Paris, Texas, where from a young age, Abigail desired a career where she could serve others.  At Texas State, she found her passion for nursing and attended St. David’s School of Nursing where she maintained a 4.0 GPA.  Throughout her years at Texas State and St. David’s, she served as a peer mentor, volunteer within the community, coordinator of various fundraising projects, and was a member of the Student Nursing Organization. She served as Vice-President of her nursing class for two years; also working as the event's chairman where she helped to organize the 2019 and 2020 nurse pinning ceremonies.  Her academic success earned her membership in Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and allowed her to assist fellow students as an academic tutor for four semesters.

Nahara Franklin - 2019 Award Recipient

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Ms. Nahara Franklin

Nahara Franklin graduated in May 2019. She developed her call to service at a young age in her home town of Dallas Texas. Texas State allowed her to refine her passion by providing a multitude of service opportunities for their students. One of her favorite service projects was the San Marcos River Clean-Up. She also served along her peers in organizations like Black Women United, Student Foundation, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Phi Alpha Delta, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and many planning committees.  Nahara was also crowned the 2018 Texas State Homecoming Queen. She received her Bachelor's Degree in psychology and minored in criminal justice. She now serves under Americorps and works with Teach For America. She teaches on the West side of Chicago and hopes to eventually become an attorney where she will serve and aid in the support of her community.

Jerrilyn Roberson - 2018 Award Recipient

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Ms. Jerrilyn Roberson

Jerrilyn Roberson graduated in May 2018 with Honors, with a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. She is a native of Dallas, Texas, where she began her journey and found her love for serving others. 

Erica Osta - 2017 Award Recipient

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Ms. Erica Osta

Erica Osta graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and minors in Psychology and Biochemistry. Erica immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in pursuit of a higher education.

Kassandra Banda - 2016 Award Recipient

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Ms. Kassandra Banda

Kassandra Banda graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy from Texas State’s College of Education.