Outstanding Young Alumnus/a Award

This award honors a young alumnus/a for outstanding accomplishments since graduation. This award will recognize professional accomplishments, service to the alma mater, and voluntary work that betters their extended community. 

Eligibility:
The nominee/awardee must be a graduate of Saint Mary's University's undergraduate college from the Winona campus. These graduates must of finished between the years of 2007-2022. A current university employee is not eligible for the award. 

2018 Recipient:
Ania McNamara '11
Is finding success in her career and in her personal passion of providing gifts to orphans throughout Poland. A senior marketing professional who specializes in digital marketing, McNamara has a broad perspective on the marketing needs of small companies as well as the complex world of modern marketing and technology. She prides herself in approaching every project with a multifaceted perspective and a goal to uncover the most creative and strategic way forward. In 2016, she founded McNamara Marketing, a flexible marketing resource firm providing full-service marketing to businesses worldwide. In her spare time, McNamara organizes the CCF4Orphans Project, a 10-year initiative sending Christmas gifts overseas to children who reside in Polish orphanages. This cause is particularly close to her heart as she and her sisters were adopted as young children from an orphanage in Poland. She strives to continuously improve living circumstances and the quality of life for these children.


Ania McNamara '11 Alumni Award Recipient Video

Past Recipients:

Georgann (Charuhas) Diderrrich '96 - 2006

Dr. Michael Panicola '92 - 2007

Matthew Bubala '94 - 2009

Nathan Semsch '04 - 2014

Jennifer (Folgers) Baertsch '05 - 2015

Clair (Zauhar) Pennycuff '06 - 2016

Annie Harala '06 - 2017

Ania McNamara '11 - 2018