Gina Bruno '04 of Adams House and Darren Morris '04 of Mather House are this year's David Aloian Memorial Scholars. They were to be honored at the fall dinner of the Harvard Alumni Association in October.
Established in 1988 to honor the late David Aloian '49, a former HAA executive director and master of Quincy House, the scholarships recognize two rising seniors who have made unique contributions to their Houses and to undergraduate life, thus making Harvard "an exciting place in which to live and study."
Bruno, of Brighton, Massachusetts, has been a powerful presence on the Adams sports scene as an athlete and intramural representative. She has also increased a sense of community through events such as formal dances and "Bad Movie Night." "The House system reinforces ideals of cooperation, enthusiasm, and inclusiveness," she says of her experience. Outside of House life, Bruno is involved with Harvard's Public Interest Advisory Committee and is a member of the Undergraduate Admissions Council. A government concentrator, she plans to attend law school to focus on social justice, human rights, and international law.
From his first position as secretary of the House Council, Morris, of Rockville, Maryland, has played an important role in promoting Mather's community life, resolving disputes, and revitalizing participation in the council. He is the COO of HahvahdParties.com, a company founded to improve social life at the College, and chairs the Reform Minyan group at Harvard Hillel. As a mentor in both Mather HAND (House and Neighborhood Development) and the Mission Hill After School Program, Morris has also touched communities beyond the walls of Harvard. An economics concentrator interested in public health, he hopes to attend medical school.