1819 Award Winners at Colgate University Skip Navigation

The Colgate Alumni Corporation 1819 Award

Colgate’s most selective and prestigious award, bestowed upon a student whose character, scholarship, sportsmanship, and service to others best exemplify the university’s spirit and the value of a liberal arts education.
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D’Jonita Cottrell ’19

D'Jonita Cottrell '19Education studies major D’Jonita Cottrell ’19 is the winner of Colgate’s 1819 Award during the University’s Bicentennial year.

“Methodologically and theoretically rigorous, D’Jonita has shown time and again that she has learned more than just how to do academic work, but has also gained a deep understanding of the stakes and potential in engaging with ideas and research,” says her department’s faculty.

Cottrell is the first in her family to attend college and has appeared on the dean’s list every semester — often with distinction. Her academic work has included research into under-resourced schools in the United States, legacies of racial apartheid in American urban spaces, and forced displacement in post-apartheid South Africa.

Outside the classroom, Cottrell is a co-president of Konosioni, co-leader of the DDT hip-hop dance group, a first-year orientation leader and mentor on Linkstaff, career services staffer, and a senior intern in the Office of Admission.

Learn more about Cottrell