Barnard Awards

Recognizing Academic Achievement & Community Service

About the Awards

12 outstanding college seniors who attend Central, Eastern, Southern and Western Connecticut State Universities are honored each academic year by the CSUS Foundation during the annual Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards Banquet, which has been held in the spring for more than twenty years. The event is one of the highlights of the academic calendar, recognizing the scholarship and dedication of inspiring students.

To be considered for a Barnard Award, a student must have at least a 3.7 GPA and a record of significant community service. The students are nominated by their respective universities and presidents.

The award is named for Henry Barnard, the first U.S. commissioner of education, and a distinguished Connecticut educator who was the state’s first superintendent of schools and principal of what later became Central Connecticut State University.

Past Winners

The 2018 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award winners are:

Central Connecticut State University

Annabelle Bass, Moodus, double major in Psychological Science and Criminology, 3.90 GPA
Nilay Bhatt, Boston, Mass., Computer Science (Honors) and Mathematics major with a 3.76 GPA
Lilia Miller, Plainville, Civil Engineering major and Mathematics minor, 3.83 GPA
Quinton Swan, Suffolk, Va., Political Science major and minor in Community Engagement and International Studies, 3.86 GPA

Eastern Connecticut State University

Nadia Balassone, East Hartford, double major in Business Administration and English, 3.89 GPA
Yuberki Delgadillo, Quaker Hill, Biology major, 3.85 GPA

Southern Connecticut State University

Rebecca Harmon, Lebanon, Elementary and Special Education major and English minor, 3.75 GPA
Jessica Holman, Medfield, Mass., English major and Women’s Studies minor, 3.79 GPAKanita Miyedadi Mote, New Haven, double major in French and Political Science, 3.86 GPAKevin David Redline, Middlebury, Interdisciplinary Studies major and English and Professional Writing minor, 3.79 GPA

Western Connecticut State University

Sarah Hoegler, Bethel, Psychology major, 4.00 GPA
Melanie Elizabeth Jones, Stamford,  Music Education major, 3.76 GPA


A board of directors oversees and guides the operation of the foundation. Each director is elected to serve a three-year term. Directors are elected during the foundation's annual meeting. The foundation is governed by a set of bylaws.

Board of Directors


Helen G. Sneed

Vice President

William DeMore


Brendan Kennedy


Margaret Morton

Richard J. Balducci

Cheryl Crespi

Central Connecticut State University

Dr. Janet Frost

Carole Greenbaum

Kelly Pittman

Tunxis Community College

Helen Sneed

Faculty Representatives

Ed Muenzner

Three Rivers Community College

Forest Robertson

Western Connecticut State University

Student Representatives

Spencer Williams

Capital Community College