Newest recipients of Walker Cup, Murad Medal announced

From staff reports Apr 26, 2024

A pair of graduating seniors have added their names to a distinguished list of DePauw University students, representing the class of 2024 as the most recent recipients of the Walker Cup and Murad Medal. Both awards were handed out at the annual student awards convocation on April 29, in the Kresge Auditorium at the Green Center for the Performing Arts.

Walker Cup

In 1926, Guy Walker set out to start a new tradition at his alma mater. Having graduated from DePauw in 1890 before embarking on a successful career in business and finance, Walker envisioned an award that would annually recognize an exceptional graduating senior who had “lived up to the best of DePauw traditions, and done the most to advance the fame and interest of Old DePauw.” Now, nearly a century later, the Walker Cup remains a revered part of DePauw’s legacy.

Given to students who have been nominated by their senior class, this award is among the highest distinctions a DePauw student can receive. Not only have past Walker Cup recipients embodied the values and ideals of DePauw while on campus, but they have also gone on to extend their influence throughout the world as scholars, doctors, authors, U.S. representatives, state supreme court justices, corporate executives, and community servants.

The newest addition to that list of esteemed Walker Cup recipients is Aaron Trinidad, a communications major and religious studies minor from Chicago, Illinois.

During his time at DePauw, Trinidad has been a champion for both community and service. He has been heavily involved in mentorship, working with first-year students to help them adapt to their new environments and empowering his peers to do the same. In addition to co-founding House of Opulence, he has given his time and energy to numerous campus organizations, including leadership roles in the Multicultural Greek Council and Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, as well as internships with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and the Communications and Theatre Department. Trinidad is a Presidential Ambassador and a recipient of the Kate McQueen Student Activity Award for his commitment to economic, environmental, social and racial justice.

Trinidad’s future plans are to continue pouring his energy into future generations at DePauw while pursuing a career in marketing or advertising.

Joining Trinidad as finalists for the Walker Cup were Annalise Grammel, a biochemistry major, management fellow, and multi-sport athlete from Canal Winchester, Ohio; Vy Nguyen, an economics and psychology double-major from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and Zahe