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While completing a double major in biology and Spanish, this year’s Marion Luther Brittain Service Award recipient, Hugo Aparicio ’04C, accumulated such academic honors as Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, and Mortar Board’s Outstanding Sophomore Award; ran cross-country and competed in outdoor and indoor events with Emory’s track team; served on the Rathskellar comedy/improvisational troupe; and studied internationally in Northern Ireland, Bolivia, Italy, and Ecuador, his home country.

Still, Aparicio (above, with Dean of Campus Life John Ford) found time to serve as scholarship chair for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, philanthropy chair for the Latino Student Organization, a tutor in the Emory Writing Center, a mentor in the Hughes Science Scholar Summer Institute, and coordinator of the Ready, Set, Read! literacy program at Grady Hospital. “Hugo was an athlete and did a lot of service in Atlanta as well as internationally,” said Martin Howell, assistant to the senior vice president for campus life, who headed the award committee. “But what really stood out about Hugo was his modesty.”

Aparicio, who plans to attend medical school in the fall, says the best program he was involved with was Big Brothers of Atlanta. “I’ve gotten to be good friends with a twelve-year-old, Cesar, who looks up to me,” he says. “We spend time doing things we both enjoy, like sports, going to the movies, and playing video games.”

Aparicio also urges students to seek international experiences while in college. “You get a different perspective when you travel outside of the U.S. and you begin to understand better the differences between people. I guess that is funny advice for arriving students, to make sure and leave Emory when you get the chance, but there is no better education than life experiences. The University will always be there when you get back.”


While working forty hours a week as a waitress during most of her college career, Meg Elizabeth Rithmire ’04C also made the dean’s list every semester, served as president of Emory’s Young Democrats, conducted research in China, and received dual degrees–a bachelor’s in Chinese studies and international studies, and a master’s in political science.

After receiving the 2004 Lucius Lamar McMullan Award, Rithmire will be able to give up the waitressing.

The award, which was endowed by Emory alumnus William L. Matheson ’43C in honor of his uncle, comes with $20,000, no strings attached, to encourage the student to do “something he or she wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.”

“I deeply appreciate not only the money, but the honor as well,” Rithmire says. “Emory has been an outstanding and supportive community to be a part of.”

Rithmire, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, was Phi Beta Kappa and a Goodrich C. White Scholar, was on the Emory College Honor Council, volunteered with Emory READ, and served as a judge for the Barkley Forum– Emory’s debate program. She plans to spend part of her award on a scholarship for a high school student to attend the Emory National Debate Institute this summer. “Debate made a huge difference in my life in high school,” she says, “and I want to give a young student the opportunity to experience it.”

She will be attending Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in the fall, where she has received the Karl Deutsch Prize Fellowship, to begin work on a doctorate in politics and government.


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