Villanova, PA, May 21, 2013 – Jay Tighe ’13 VSB won the 2013 Thomas J. Mentzer Award for significant contribution to “expanding opportunities for the poor and marginalized.” The Center for Peace and Justice Education staff chose the winner from among nominations.
Jay was a Presidential Scholar who double majored in Economics and International Business. As a first year student, he studied abroad in London and interned at a human rights nonprofit that encourages investments and creates jobs in Africa. Jay also studied abroad as a junior in Argentina, where he taught English at a community center. In 2011, Jay joined a group of Villanova students to establish the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia, a student-led non-profit that provides shelter, food and community to homeless individuals in Philadelphia. His peers later elected Jay executive director, and he trained over 200 volunteers in cultural sensitivity and awareness to work with the homeless population.
In 2012, Jay attended the prestigious Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting, moderated by President Clinton. CGI U brings together approximately 1,000 students from all over the world, along with nonprofit leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities engaged in efforts to create positive change. After graduation, Jay plans to work in international nonprofits to help ensure people have access to clean water, food and health care.