Eyo Ekpo, who has been described as “energetic, motivated, (and) well rounded” and who “shows exceptional compassion and maturity,” has been voted the 2013 Tommie Award recipient.

Ekpo, a senior majoring in entrepreneurship and finance, has been involved in many aspects of St. Thomas student life, including Hana, varsity track and field, varsity football and Tommie Ambassadors.

Professor Michael Raimondi recalled working on a service-learning project with Ekpo and explained how he met challenges that “required leadership, patience, persistence, creativity, and above all else, it required a commitment to working with people from different cultures, age groups, cultural backgrounds.”

Ekpo was chosen by students, faculty and staff from a field of three final candidates. The other two were Rae Horton and Shalaw Mohammed.

With the exception of 1945 and 1946, the Tommie Award has been presented annually since 1931 to a St. Thomas senior. The award recognizes achievements in scholarship, leadership and campus involvement, and represents the highest ideals of the university. Past recipients can be viewed on the Tommie Award website.

The Tommie Award is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs.