Garnet & Gold Scholar Society welcomes 16 new inductees during virtual ceremony

The spring 2022 Garnet & Gold Scholar induction ceremony welcomed 129 new members. (The Career Center)
The spring 2022 Garnet & Gold Scholar induction ceremony welcomed 129 new members. (The Career Center)

Florida State University welcomed 16 new inductees into its prestigious Garnet & Gold Scholar Society this summer during a virtual induction ceremony Thursday.

Established in 2010, the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society facilitates student involvement and recognizes undergraduate students who excel within and beyond the classroom in at least three of five areas: international experience, internship, leadership, research and service.

“We are proud to welcome this new group of inductees to the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society,” said Amy Hecht, vice president for Student Affairs. “They are a wonderful representation of the university, and we are pleased to give them recognition for their involvement in bettering the campus and community.”

To become an inductee of the Garnet & Gold Scholar Society, students must meet the engagement criteria and submit a synthesis reflection project in their final semester before graduation. Participants are recognized during graduation and receive a designation on their official university transcript, making the students more marketable to potential employers or graduate programs.

“As Garnet and Gold Scholars, your achievement speaks to your desire to make the most of your Florida State education and reflects well on the values of this university,” said President John Thrasher. “You have set a shining example for your fellow students and for all those who will follow in your footsteps. I am so proud of you.”

The inductees, along with their state/country, hometown and academic major(s), are:


Colorado Springs, Colorado
Faith Matson, Editing, Writing, and Media


Fort Lauderdale, Florida
MacKenzie Ellis, Behavioral Neuroscience
Phabie Jean, Psychology

Gainesville, Florida
Joshua Shultz, Geology and Environmental Science

Jacksonville, Florida
Thomas Ossi, International Affairs and Political Science

Lakeland, Florida
Charlie Gardner, Finance and International Affairs

Miami, Florida
Juliette Sosa, Biological Science

North Palm Beach, Florida
Madison Hayes, Studio Art and Art History

Ocala, Florida
Hanya Noussier, Advertising

Orlando, Florida
Hana Grubb, Biochemistry

Oviedo, Florida
Allen Byrd, Economics and Philosophy

Parkland, Florida
Chris Gutierrez, Psychology and Social Work

Pensacola, Florida
Hunter Welch, History

Sarasota, Florida
Max Kunkel, Political Science

Tampa, Florida
Shannyn Reigle, Political Science


Madrid, Spain
Volga Acebes del Castillo, Management Information Systems and Geography