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Aloian Scholars

September-October 2007

Matthew Drazba ’08, of Kirkland House, and Ana Vollmar ’08, of Dudley House, are this year’s David Aloian Memorial Scholars. They are to be honored at the fall dinner of the Harvard Alumni Association in October.

Matthew Drazba and Ana Vollmar

Photograph by Justin Ide / Harvard News Office

Matthew Drazba and Ana Vollmar

Established in 1988 in honor of David Aloian ’49, a former HAA executive director and master of Quincy House, the scholarships are awarded to two seniors who have made unique contributions to their Houses and to undergraduate life.

Drazba, of Pinole, California, was a House liaison officer to the department of athletics and organized Kirkland’s entries for the College’s annual intramural competition, leading the House to win the Straus Cup. His work in the theater prompted a revival of Kirkland’s annual “Shakespeare Night.” And his involvement with the Institute of Politics helped bring speakers to the senior common room events.

Vollmar, of Hamden, Connecticut, was a liaison to the Dudley Faculty Fellows program, which brings undergraduates closer to faculty members outside the classroom, largely through dinners. As maintenance steward at the Dudley House Cooperative in Cambridge, she put in extra hours to help restore operations there following a fire last fall. Moreover, she took a lead role in creating a fully productive vegetable garden at the co-op, purchasing seed and topsoil and offering instruction to housemates on tilling and planting.