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.
Gabe Floresca-Igtanloc, Class of 2021
Chasejamison "Chase" Akilah Manar-Spears, Class of 2020
A year in Ghana inspired a commitment to environmental and social justice that helped lead to her to an idea: Roots Collective.
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
Chase 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.
Anthony Berteaux, Class of 2017
Anthony, 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
Austin is "passionate about solving problems and making things happen against all odds." He 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.