Arjun Watane named as recipient of the Order of Pegasus
From 63,000 students, UCF has named 20 as recipients of the Order of Pegasus, the universityâ€™s most prestigious student award. The 2016 recipients were selected from a pool of 80 nominations. The 2016 class includes nine LEAD Scholars, 12 Presidentâ€™s Leadership Council members, five SGA leaders, 10 Burnett Honors College students, six Greek members, and one current and one former student-athlete.
Undergraduate students are chosen for Order of Pegasus each year based on their outstanding achievement in the areas of academic achievement, university involvement, leadership and community service. Graduate students are selected based on the same merits as well as publication or research experiences. Because of the breadth of accomplishments required for this award, the Order of Pegasus is the highest student award that can be attained at the university. The winners will be honored at a ceremony this spring. The names and a picture of the inductees will be added to the wall showcasing past and present Order of Pegasus recipients in the Pegasus Lounge located on the second floor of the Student Union. Inductees also receive commemorative medals, scholarships from the Student Government Association and lifetime memberships to the UCF Alumni Association.
This year's recipients includes one of CRCV's own:
Arjun Watane, College of Engineering and Computer Science, is majoring in computer science and hopes to attend medical school. Watane is a scholar working on medical imaging research, an artist who plays the piano to help keep patientsâ€™ spirits high at ORMC and an athlete dominating the tennis court. Watane also understands that children need role models, so he works hard in the classroom and on the court to show children how important it is to stay in school. Through LEAD Scholars and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council he helps organized trick or treat events for Boys & Girls Clubs as well as helping with Relay for Life and a Special Olympics Winter Formal. His efforts are not limited to the United States. Watane joined Knights Without Borders on a trip to Costa Rica where he constructed a multipurpose sports court for children.