Pitzer College to Present Inaugural Core Values Award
Claremont, Calif. (September 23, 2013)-- In commemoration of Pitzer College's 50th anniversary, The Office of Admission and Office of the President have inaugurated the Pitzer College Core Values Award. The award will be presented annually to a high school counselor whose work exemplifies Pitzer's Core Values of Social Responsibility, Intercultural Understanding, Interdisciplinary Learning, Student Engagement and Environmental Sustainability.
On September 25, 2013, Pitzer College will present the inaugural award to Kelly Herrington, director of college counseling at University Preparatory Academy in Seattle, WA.
"I can't think of anyone who deserves this very special inaugural award more than Kelly," said Angel B. Perez, Pitzer's vice president and dean of admission and financial aid. "Kelly lives Pitzer's core values every single day. He is a staunch student advocate, a true-global citizen and a steward of our environment. Kelly teaches his students how to live these values and challenges them to leave the world a better place than they found it. He works with students in transition to college, but his goal is really to prepare them to lead meaningful lives."
Throughout his career, Herrington has lobbied for equal access for underrepresented students in the college application process. He is a fervent supporter of the Dream Act, which provides college funding to undocumented students, and works closely with Rainier Scholars, a Seattle-based organization that assists low-income and first generation students throughout the college process. During his time in New York State, he founded Camp College, which continues to serve as an introduction to college for underserved students in NY State each year. Through his work with The Alexandra Hamilton Friends Association, Herrington leads his students on annual community service trips to Guatemala in hopes that they will learn to give back to societies across the globe. Herrington is also known for hosting s'mores parties for graduating seniors, using the burning embers of rejection letters to serve as a reminder that a student's self-worth supersedes the decision of admission committees.
“College counselors like Kelly Herrington are quietly transforming a nation,” said Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley. “His passion and dedication for setting all young people on the path to higher education is truly inspiring. The impact of his work will be felt for generations to come. I am proud to present this inaugural Pitzer College award to Kelly Herrington.”