The Student for Peace Award

Established in 1996, the Student for Peace Award is presented to a young person whose academic and extra-curricular activities reflect a commitment to justice and a future of peacemaking.

2017 Honoree: Chelsea Taylor Collins
Chelsea Collins is a recent graduate of Marywood University’s Graduate School of Social Work. During her time in school she was the graduate assistant overseeing the Center for Social Justice and Community Collaboration in which she organized events such as a diversity event for undergraduates and a solution-focused panel dealing with heroin and opiate addiction in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She spent a year interning as the onsite social worker at the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency and the past year interning at Senator John Blake’s Scranton office. She hopes to continue her efforts for promoting intersectional social justice by working in public policy and research. Chelsea is well deserving of the Student for Peace Award as her inspiration is anyone who spreads love and peace in the face of adversity. She started a blog,, as a way to start a discussion on political and social issues such as criminal justice, race, and gender, as a way to simplify complex problems to educate and collaborate with others. Her aspiration is to do good, help people who may not have a voice and work in public policy.

Past Awardees:

2016: Angela Costigan and Katie Gereda

2015: Aoife Burke, Becky Revitt, Andie Sullivan, and Luke Sullivan

2014: Jarred Kraft, Mr. J

2013: Arisa Lucia Gereda

2012: Jordan Marsh and Adam Zapotok

2011: Stanley Chan

2010: Sarah Klee

2009 William Browne

2008: Diya Das

2007: Britney Brewster

2006: Amanda Shonk

2005: Donald Stefanovich

2004: Abigail Myers

2002: Greg Elliott

2001: Buddy Shah and Athena Smith Ford

2000: Jude Pannell

1997: Justin Scappaticci

1996: Brian Hebling