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Anne Devenney Memorial Award

2014 award recipient
Emily Santo-Donato

2013 award recipient
Benjamin Delikat

Anne Devenney Memorial Award

On an evening preceding the University Commencement, the senior class of Fordham College at Rose Hill holds Encaenia, or Commemoration. Emerging from a tradition both biblical and Medieval, solemn and light, Encaenia is the evening on which the college honors the graduating class with awards and prizes. The Anne Devenney Memorial Award in Urban Studies is presented to the graduating senior who best combines scholarship in urban studies with community service and community involvement.

Anne Devenney (1921-2000) was a founder, president emeritus and a pioneering leader of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, which started in the mid-1970's. An umbrella organization for nine community groups, the coalition champions home ownership, tenant-controlled housing, street safety and local investment. The award is named in honor of Ms. Devenney's tireless efforts in the local Bronx community.

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