Mizzou R.A.H. Award Highlights Exceptional Achievements
College of Arts & Science

The Mizzou Recent Alumni Honorees (R.A.H.) Award recognizes the remarkable accomplishments of young alumni making a difference worldwide. This prestigious award honors graduates who are 35 years or younger and have demonstrated exceptional professional success and a strong commitment to volunteerism both on campus and within their communities. Applications for the award open each January, with recipients announced in June. This year, 20 outstanding alumni have been recognized, including eight inspiring recipients from the College of Arts and Science, listed below.

To read more about these inspiring individuals from the College of Arts and Science, as well as the other recipients, visit the full article here.

Arts & Science R.A.H. Recipients:


Taylor Cofield 

BA '18 – Political Science and International Studies  

US Diplomat, US Department of State; Washington, D.C.


Samantha Franks 

BS '16 – English and Political Science  

International Trade Associate, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Washington, D.C.


Maddie McMillian Green

BA '16 – Economics and Political Science; JD '21  

Principal, Husch Blackwell Strategies; Jefferson City, MO


Kanwal Haq 

BS '13 – Biological Sciences  

NYC Partnership Manager, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; New York, NY


Dr. Darvelle Hutchins 

PhD '20 – Communication Studies  

Vice President, Equity & Social Impact, New Orleans Pelicans and New Orleans Saints; New Orleans, LA


Emma Smoczynski 

BA '16 – Political Science & Communications; MPA '18 – Public Affairs

Immigration Officer, US Government; Overland Park, KS


Blake Willoughby

MA '18 – Theatre & Performance Studies  

Education Director, Missouri REALTORS®; Columbia, MO


Keith Wilson 

BS '11 – Economics, Minors in Math, Business Administration, and Naval Science  

AI Solution Director, C3 AI; McLean, VA