Recent Graduate Receives Campus-wide Recognition

Kelsey Mumford

Just under 40,000 undergraduates were registered at UT Austin in 2018, so when one of them receives a large number of awards, it’s noteworthy. That student is Kelsey Mumford, who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in May 2019, and was recognized as an accomplished student not only by the School of Nursing, but across campus as well.

Texas Exes President's Leadership Award: The President’s Leadership Awards were created in 1985 with an endowment from past Texas Exes president Frank Denius. These awards recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership within the student community at The University of Texas. One sophomore, two juniors and three seniors receive the award annually. As a result of being one of the three seniors to win this award, Kelsey received a lifetime membership to Texas Exes.

Texas Exes Edward S. Guleke Student Excellence Award: The Edward S. Guleke Student Excellence Award, established in 1977, honors the memory of Edward S. Guleke, a dedicated University of Texas student and leader. Each year, the award recognizes an upper division undergraduate student who has distinguished academic credentials, made significant contribution to the University through campus-wide activities, and evidences the personal attributes of character and integrity that have earned the respect and admiration of his or her peers.

Texas Parents Outstanding Student Award Finalist: Every year since 1951, Texas Parents has proudly honored a male and female Outstanding Student recipient and four Outstanding Student finalists (two males and two females) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service. Kelsey was a finalist for this award.

During her time on campus, Kelsey was active in the Health Advocacy Student Coalition (which she initiated), the Dell Medical School Health Leadership Apprentice Program, University of Texas Spirit Squad, the Dell Medical School Design Institute for Health, Student Government, Student Health Advisory Committee, Nursing Honors program, Central Health Equity Policy Council, and Central Health Community Health Champions Program. In 2018 she was named an Amgen Scholar at the National Institutes of Health, served on the board of the National Student Nurses Association.

Kelsey’s hard work and scholarship has paid off and she’s well on her way to improving health care in Central Texas and beyond.