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Spence Alumna Named Inaugural Renée M. Chung Prize Winner

Spence alumna Daijah Guillermo '20, a senior at Northwestern University, has been selected as Prep for Prep’s first Renée M. Chung prize awardee. 

The prize recognizes a graduating college senior who has a demonstrated interest in a career in education. According to the Prep for Prep release, Guillermo was chosen because of her dedication to supporting children's psychological development, particularly in communities of color. “Her demonstrated commitment to the Prep community, her plans to pursue graduate education, and her clear desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others embody the spirit and memory of Renée Chung.”

The prize is endowed in honor of the late Renée Marika Chung, a former Prep for Prep advisor and the former Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Spence. 

“Renée Chung was a light and a haven for every student who crossed paths with her,” said Guillermo. “She had an incredible gift of seeing and affirming students. Her love for her community, for Prep, and for knowledge poured out of her. She is an emblem of the power of collective-building. Her mark on New York City and on people of every age and walk of life will forever ground and inspire me. I carry our conversations and collective visions with me as I embark on my career path.”

For more information, read the full release here
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