We award innovation, creativity and impact in our students
Each year San Diego State University recognizes one graduating senior for exceptional entrepreneurial achievement while an undergraduate. The award includes a $25,000 prize for the student to use to pursue his or her endeavors after graduation.
Shurene Premo, Class of 2019
Shurene's commitment to a higher level of social work for Native Americans drives her ambition to someday build a Native American recovery and treatment center for her hometown Shoshone reservation in remote northern Nevada.
Chase Whittaker, Class of 2018
Whittaker founded the SanD/Stone Initiative, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and hygiene-focused interventions for vulnerable populations in Zambia, the United States and Mexico. Whittaker received degrees in public health and political science.
Anthony Berteaux, Class of 2017
Berteaux, a journalism major, was a thought leader in the SDSU student body, challenging the status quo through columns on diversity, sexism, and religious tolerance in The Daily Aztec and as campus editor-at-large for The Huffington Post.
Austin Owens, Class of 2016
Owens received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and was the first-ever Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award recipient. Owens, who is "passionate about solving problems and making things happen against all odds," was a SDSU standout for founding the on-campus Mechatronics Club, competing in international RoboSub competitions and landing a post-graduation job at SpaceX, a space exploration company founded by Elon Musk.