Established in 2009 by members of the SIS undergraduate class of 1967, the Class of 1967 Prize is awarded in memory of deceased classmates. The prize, awarded annually, honors an SIS international undergraduate student who exemplifies the ideals of the school.
To contribute to the fund, give online or make checks out to “American University” with “Class of 1967” in the memo section and mail to:
SIS Alumni Relations and Development
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8143
Current Class of 1967 Prize Recipient
Anthony Than Htut Aung, SIS/BA '16
Growing up in Myanmar as a member of the ethnic Chinese minority, Anthony Than Htut Aung witnessed the impact of discrimination and violence on his family. Anthony has pursued his passion for civil engagement through his time at the World Movement for Democracy and the Voice of America. In addition to pursuing his degree in International Studies, Anthony has fully embraced his role as a leader on campus as the president and founder of the American University International Student Association. His long term goals are to facilitate minority ethnic learning and increase students' exposure to civil engagement in the hope of mitigating future conflicts in his Burmese home.
Past Class of 1967 Prize Recipients
Roshni Rajan, SIS/BA '16
Roshni Rajan is committed to the cause of girl's education in India. In 2015, she presented her research findings on girl's education in rural Sivakasi. Roshni maintains a high GPA while double-majoring in International Studies and Philosophy. She speaks the south Indian language of Tamil with native fluently and has taken advanced course work in French and Farsi. Roshni has held internships at Education USA and Management Systems International. Her strong leadership skills come into play in her role as Vice President of Delta Phil Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Society and the co-founder of the MIddle East and North Africa Roundtable Club.
Iris Wu, SIS/BA '15
Iris Wu was raised in Taiwan, with heritage and roots in Mainland China. In addition to the time she has spent studying in the United States, she also spent a further semester abroad in Morocco. From these experiences, Iris is a student that understands and respects the concept of a global community. She has been a mentor with the incoming transfer student, Transfer Success Series,that helps new students transition to life at AU. She has been involved with the SIS Gateway Program, the International Student Leadership Team, and was the Orientation Coordinator for International Student Orientation, in addition to her studies and internships. Iris is an exemplary student as SIS, and has demonstrated the volunteerism and commitment to service that we value so highly here at the School of International Service.
Fu Hamabe, SIS/BA '14
Born and raised in a Korean community in Kyoto, Japan, most of Hamabe’s close neighbors and friends had roots from the Korean peninsula. Growing up, she struggled between her Japanese nationality and Korean culture, and observed the often tense relations between the two nations. Eventually, she grew weary of remaining silent about her internal struggle and decided to make a difference.
Olga Otrokhova, SIS/BA '13
Olga is not a usual undergraduate student. She came to college later in life. She had an extensive career in the fashion industry, which allowed her to travel which eventually pointed her toward choosing to pursue a degree international studies. During Olga's SIS experience, she continued to work and complete internships. She also trained AU theater students who were traveling to Russia to perform Talking With... to speak their lines in Russian. Olga felt the experience to be truly magical because by making an effort to perform in Russian, the actors were able to establish a meaningful connection with the Russian audience.
Maria Beihof, SIS/BA '12
Maria Beihof hails from Germany, and her decision to attend SIS with a focus on international politics was the result of her extensive travels and volunteer experiences prior to arriving at AU. Maria’s broad volunteer experiences include social work with children in Guatemala and environmental work in the Galapagos Islands. She has mentored Chechnyan refugee children in Berlin and studied in Beer Sheva, Israel. Maria shares: “I wanted to gain a better understanding of how politics shape the world and what forces create such different living situations in the countries that I was lucky enough to have visited at that point.” Now a senior at SIS, Maria has a 3.85 GPA and currently serves as an intern at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies.
Livia Mueller, SIS/BA '11
Livia came to SIS from Switzerland, after deciding to pursue a career in international development. In addition to her outstanding academic achievements, Livia volunteered for a number of NGOs, worked as the Major Gifts intern at the Human Rights Campaign, and interned at the International Committee of the Red Cross' Washington Delegation.
Stephanie Ayeh, SIS/BA '10
Stephanie, who hails from Ghana, held a near-perfect GPA and worked on campus as an economics tutor and resident assistant. Her volunteer activities included interning at the Ghanaian Embassy, serving as president of the African Students’ Organization, as chaplain of the AU Gospel Choir, and assisting with new student and international student orientations.
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