Andrea Ledesma of McLean, Va., has received Virginia Tech’s 2014 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences' Outstanding Senior Award.

Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and the senior class, the Outstanding Senior Award recognizes exceptional academic achievement and leadership by a graduating senior from each of the university’s eight colleges. Recipients have a minimum grade point average of 3.75 on a 4.0 scale and are selected by faculty and students within the respective colleges.

Ledesma will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in history, with minors in American studies and political science, during the University Commencement ceremony to be held Friday, May 16, in Lane Stadium.

A member of the University Honors program, Ledesma has excelled academically with consistent dean’s list recognition. She is the recipient of the Patricia A. Gallagher History Scholarship, and received the 2013 Department of History prize for the best undergraduate historical research. 

Ledesma completed two undergraduate research projects and was one of eight Virginia Tech students selected to present at the annual 2013 ACC Undergraduate Research Conference. Recognized by the college as an undergraduate researcher of the month, Ledesma also presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on Diversity. 

Among her many activities, Ledesma serves as the design editor for the university's student newspaper, Collegiate Times, and Philologia, the undergraduate research journal of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. She also serves as associate editor for the Virginia Tech Undergraduate Historical Review.

Ledesma is also a student leader in the Honors Residential College and has organized an honors colloquium.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.