MEDLIFE Chapter Awards 2023: Winners and Honorable Mentions

This year’s MEDLIFE Chapter Awards were a great success! We announced the winners on our Instagram page on Friday, May 26th, 2023! The Chapter Awards are an incredible tradition here at MEDLIFE that allows us to thank everyone involved in our many Chapters around the world. Without the hard work and dedication of our Chapter members, we wouldn’t be able to make half the impact that we are able to make each year

Here are the official winners and runners-up of the 2023 MEDLIFE Chapter Awards:

Most Outstanding College Chapter Award:

Winner: The University of Kentucky

Honorable Mention: The Universidad de Puerto Rico – Mayagüez and The University of California Santa Cruz

Most Outstanding High School Chapter Award:

Winner: Bayview Glen Independent School

Honorable Mention: Carmel High School

Most Oustanding Cégep Award:

Winner: Cégep Jean de Brebeuf

Best New Chapter Award:

Winner: Murray State University

Honorable Mention: Duquesne University and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Rising Star Award:

Winner: Nova South Eastern University

Honorable Mention: Marianopolis College and Seton Hall University

Education Award:

Winner: University of Toronto Scarborough

Honorable Mention: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico – Ponce

Best Online Engagement Award:

Winner: University of Florida

Honorable Mention: Abbey Park High School and Alexander Mackenzie High School

Best Local Service Award:

Winner: Erindale Secondary School

Honorable Mention: University of Northern Virginia

Moving Mountains Chapter Award:

Winner: Indiana University

Honorable Mention: Thomas Alva Edison School

Moving Mountains Individual MEDLIFEr Award:

Winner: Sofía M. Rodríguez Carrión

Honorable Mention: Sharon Luk and Alicia Jen

Grow The Movement Chapter Award:

Winners:  University of Wisconsin-Madison and Louise Arbour Secondary School

Grow The Movement Individual MEDLIFEr Award:

Winners: Alina Grimaldo, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Robby S, Louise Arbour Secondary School

Largest SLT Participants Award:

Winner: Universidad de Puerto Rico – Mayagüez

Honorable Mention: Bayview Glen Independent School

Individual Leadership Award:


Lamha-Arya R- Marianopolis College

Krisia R – Stony Brook University

Ian B – University of Miami

Angelina P – University of California – Santa Cruz

Cali V – Carmel High School

Congratulations to all of our amazing winners and honorable mentions! We couldn’t be more proud of all of you. MEDLIFE would not be able to make the tremendous impact we have made this year if it had not been for all of the hard work and dedication displayed by all of you. You are all single-handedly showing the world what our future can look like as long as we have people like you displaying unwavering commitment to making the world a better place for everyone. Thank you and see you all at next year’s awards!

If you are interested in joining or starting a MEDLIFE Chapter, visit our website and learn more about MEDLIFE and our many Chapters around the world.


Hear it From MEDLIFErs

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Reya Seby
Western University

This trip motivated me more to pursue a career in the healthcare field so that I can use my resources to help those who need it the most, similar to MEDLIFE’s mission.

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Victoria DiCanio
University of Connecticut

It was most enjoyable to finish the hard work and see how big a difference a group of individuals can make. It was such an amazing experience.

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Anita Woo
University of Toronto

I enjoyed the mobile clinics the most, especially the dental and triage portions. I would definitely recommend a MEDLIFE trip, it was a great experience.

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David Saff
Maclay High School

The most enjoyable part of my trip was hanging out with the amazing group of kids I was with. I would highly recommend a MEDLIFE volunteer trip to others.

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Sydney Sansone
Nova Southeastern University

This trip made everything that I was learning in my public health courses come to life and immersed me in a new culture while also learning about medicine.

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Abygail Youmans
College of Charleston

Being involved with MEDLIFE is not like joining another club - its bigger than that. It is about joining a movement that seeks to help change people’s quality of life for forever.

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Emi Hofmann
University of Central Florida

Not only was I able to participate in a week long Mobile Clinic, shadowing doctors of all types of specialties including pharmacy, dentistry, gynecology, and more, but I was also able to learn about the culture and visit incredible places.

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Julian Takagi-Stewart
University of Toronto

One thing that I really loved about this trip was that MEDLIFE made sure that the volunteers got an understanding of the complexity of issues that lead to underprivileged people in communities outside of the main city

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Hannah Van Hofwegen
University of Ottawa

Whether it was basketball with the local kids, assisting the doctors, talking with families, building washrooms, holding babies, or spending time with the people who were on the SLT with me, this was an amazing opportunity that I would do over and over again.

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Isabelle Holt
Cornell University

I loved learning about the patients MEDLIFE has followed and how they offer real help to people with chronic/urgent conditions. It is amazing how the organization formed real connections with the communities.

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Valerie Lindeborg

Our family had the privilege of participating in multiple trips with Nick [founder] and his amazing staff. Their expertise made the trips unforgettable while instilling in my boys the fundamentals of good character: selflessness, compassion, and empathy.

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Harry Vildibill
University of Georgia

As an aspiring physician, MEDLIFE motivated me to further continue my goal of becoming a doctor. In fact, I enjoyed the Tanzania Service Learning Trip so much that I decided to go on another trip to Cusco, Peru.