Pinnacle Award Recipients

The Pinnacle Award is the highest honor the University bestows on a graduating student. One student from each campus who has demonstrated academic excellence, public service and commitment to the University is honored. Recipients will address their fellow graduates and the assembled audience.

Florham Campus

Taylor Alexa Bellardino
Student Pinnacle Award

Taylor Alexa Bellardino, of Parsippany, N.J., will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in government and law with a concentration in legal studies and minors in business administration and prelaw. Taylor has been the president of Mock Trial, president and founder of the Prelaw Honor Society, cofounder and codesigner of the Prelaw Database and cofounder of the Legal Student Speaker Series. During her time with Mock Trial, she was the first student from Fairleigh Dickinson to ever receive the Top Attorney Award three times in the Regional and Invitational Competitions. She has also participated in the community as a member in the Student Government Association and the Politics and Law Club. Taylor was also a teaching assistant for the American Government and Politics and World History to 1500 courses. This spring, she co-instructed a course on Mock Trial for the Florham Institute for Lifelong Learning. She is currently a member of the Prelaw Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. She also was a member of the University Honors Program. Taylor has been accepted into several law schools and is currently in the process of deciding where she will attend.  

Metropolitan Campus

Lisa-Monet H. Jefferson
Student Pinnacle Award

Lisa-Monet H. Jefferson, of Ridgefield Park, N.J., will graduate cum laude with a bachelor of science in management with a concentration in human resource management and a minor in leadership. She co-founded the Women in Business Club in 2019 and served as its president during the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 academic years and was awarded Outstanding Student Leader (junior) in 2021. Lisa-Monet became a member of Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. in the spring of 2019 and served as president of the Omicron Chapter for the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 academic years, and was awarded Outstanding Greek President in 2021. Her other leadership roles at FDU include vice president of the Inter-Greek Council and student ambassador in the Office of Admission, where she was promoted to president of the Student Ambassador Program. Lisa-Monet is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Order of Omega: Greek Honor Society. She was also awarded Silberman College of Business Honors for several semesters between 2019–2021. Following graduation, she will be returning to FDU to continue her studies toward an MBA.

Vancouver Campus

Ha Thu Anh Pham
Student Pinnacle Award

Ha Thu Anh Pham was born and raised in Hanoi, Vietnam, and in August 2017, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to attend FDU as a Global Scholar. She will graduate summa cum laude with a bachelor of science in information technology with a minor in business administration. During her four years at FDU, Anh has been on the Academic Honors list every semester. She co-founded and led Code4Fun — the only programming club in the University, hosting knowledge-sharing and project-building sessions with her peers. She also excelled as a delegate in UNA Canada’s Youth as Peacebuilders forum and as a student representative in FDU Vancouver’s Commencement Ceremony Committee in 2018. To prepare for her future career, Anh has had software-engineering internships in various tech companies. Most notably, she joined Apple in the summer of 2020 as an intern on their iOS Accessibility team and worked on the Hearing Accessibility features for iOS 14, getting an outreach of a billion iPhone users. Anh also has become a fellow for Major League Hacking’s Production Engineering program.