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2020 Aloian Memorial Scholarship winners announced

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The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) has named Jorge Campos ’21 of Currier House and Reeda Iqbal ’21 of Quincy House this year’s David and Mimi Aloian Memorial Scholars.

Each year the Aloian Memorial Scholarship is given to two juniors who demonstrate thoughtful leadership and who improve the quality of life in Harvard Houses. The award is given by the HAA in honor of David and Mary (Mimi) Aloian, faculty deans of Quincy House from 1981 to 1986. During their time at Harvard, the Aloians helped the Houses create a stronger community by incorporating an environment for social and intellectual growth. David also served as executive director of the HAA from 1978 to 1986. During his time, he transformed the HAA to be a more inclusive place. The Aloian Scholarship is given to commemorate the life and achievements of the Aloians and to highlight the important community House life creates.

Reeda Iqbal ’21

Reeda Iqbal of Brentwood, New York, strives to make Quincy House a lively, inclusive, and empathetic community. In addition to organizing the never-ending schedule of House Committee events and initiatives, Iqbal also spearheaded a note-writing campaign to better acquaint students with dining hall workers.

This spring, amid the campus closure, Iqbal quickly mobilized to organize a community dinner, Quincy House toast, and a farewell event for seniors. Since most students have left campus, her efforts to build support and connection have continued with a pen pal program and virtual movie and game nights.

Beyond House life, Iqbal is passionate about building a campus that values academic integrity. As a member of the Honor Council, Iqbal guides students through their hearings and provides support with compassion and integrity.

“To say that Reeda is an inspiration is an understatement; there is simply not a word commensurate with who she is,” said Lee Gehrke, faculty dean of Quincy House.

Jorge Campos ’21

Jorge Campos of Los Angeles, California, is dedicated to making Currier House a welcoming, accessible, and supportive place for all. From Housing Day onward, Campos established himself as the most enthusiastic and reliable member of the Currier community, even before physically moving into the House. His unique ability to bring people together has been successful in forging relationships across class years and diverse groups, resulting in a more vibrant and dynamic House community.

Campos helped to establish the now signature “Currier Cinema,” “Currier Teatime,” and “Study Nights” events and was instrumental in encouraging turnout and House spirit for intramural sports.

In March, when students were asked to leave campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Campos jumped into action to help his fellow students, especially those in the first-generation and lower-income communities.

“His enthusiasm for Currier is matched by a commitment to making things happen," said Latanya Sweeney and Sylvia Barrett, co-faculty deans of Currier House, in a letter.