Outstanding Young Alumni Award
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to up to two alumni of Stetson University who are 35 years of age or younger. The award recognizes contributions to society, to a profession or to Stetson University. Recipients must demonstrate significant accomplishment or promise in their fields; leadership; or civic, cultural or charitable involvement.
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Courtney Williams Edgcomb '12
As a student, Courtney served her DeLand community as a Bonner Scholar – embracing and truly living out the program’s motto, "Let your life speak." Soon after graduation, Courtney began working with a nonprofit that served the Volusia community. Her dedication to service led her to the United Way where she joined as a resource development manager and quickly rose through the ranks. Within six short years and at just 27 years of age, Courtney proved her worth and was named president of United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties.
While working tirelessly to improve her community and grow in her career, Courtney earned a master’s degree in Management from Troy University. She and her husband, Robert Edgcomb '13, grew their family through the adoption of their four sons. Courtney continues to live out her passion for serving others. Her family prioritizes community engagement, oftentimes serving locally during disaster clean up and with their church’s various ministries.
Edgcomb is credited with the launch of Generation Impact, an initiative aimed at engaging young professionals to become involved with United Way and her organization’s transition to Community Impact. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Daytona and is a member of the Alumni Council. In 2020, she was named the Daytona News Journal’s Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year.
Derek Jansante '11
Derek Jansante (he/him/his) graduated cum laude from Stetson University in 2011 with his Bachelor of Business Administration. As a student, Jansante served in numerous student-leadership positions, most notably as Vice President and then President of the Student Government Association. He also participated in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society, and Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.
Upon graduation, Jansante moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the LGBTQ Victory Fund & Institute, an organization dedicated to electing openly LGBTQ public officials in the United States. After three successful election years, including the election of the first openly LGBTQ U.S. Senator, he sought a return to higher education. He took on the role of Alumni Relations Coordinator at the George Washington University, and while working, he earned a Master of Arts in Education and Human Development specializing in Higher Education Administration.
In 2016, Jansante transitioned to American University and served as an Academic Advisor in the Kogod School of Business and an adjunct faculty member in the pilot of American University’s first-year experience course. He was promoted to Assistant Director of Kogod Honors & Advising in 2018 and then to Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Kogod School of Business in 2019. Jansante is known to produce outstanding results for students, staff, and faculty with a positive and collaborative attitude. Since 2016, he has been recognized by American University with the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award, Outstanding Collaboration in Advising Award, and Kogod Staff Award.
A passionate advocate for higher education access, affordability, and student success, Jansante has begun applying to doctorate programs to study higher education finance and strategy. He credits his success and passion for higher education to his transformative experience at Stetson.
Jansante has been a committed and enthusiastic member of Stetson University’s Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2013. He concluded his second term in 2020 after serving as Chapter Chair and Regional Vice President. A proud Hatter, he continues to support Stetson University by speaking with prospective students and their families, planning D.C. alumni events, and joining campus events and conversations.
Past Award Recipients
- 2019 - Peter Urscheler '06
- 2018 - Camiel M. Canters
- 2017 - Kristina Tsipouras '07
- 2016 - Corey S. Kluber '09
- 2015 - Heather R. Grove '11
- 2014 - Isa Marie Adney '09
- 2013 - Lauren L. Hill '08
- 2012 - Avantika Hari Agrawal '02
- 2012 - Amber DeChambeau Bragg '02
- 2011 - J. Tyler Herbert '06
- 2011 - Kelly Robbins White '03
- 2010 - Wesley L. Whatley '02
- 2009 - Sara E. Dodson '02
- 2009 - Matthew H. Morton '06
- 2008 - Katherine L. Rhorer '98
- 2007 - Sara E. Cotner '99
- 2006 - Bryan C. Hains '95
- 2006 - Laura Dunifon Kicklighter '95
- 2005 - Andy A. Dehnart '99
- 2005 - Jane Fleming Kleeb '95
- 2004 - Gerard K. Marino '98
- 2004 - Stephanie L. Todd '92
- 2003 - Jeffery P. Fay '98
- 2003 - Brian D. Ray '91