UofL seniors Kendra Ford and Praneeth Goli are this year's Cardinal Awards winners.
UofL seniors Kendra Ford and Praneeth Goli are this year's Cardinal Awards winners.

Kendra Ford, a senior chemical engineering major with a minor in criminal justice and mathematics, and Praneeth Goli, a senior chemistry major with minors in philosophy and biology, have been presented with the Cardinal Awards.

Formerly known as Mr. and Ms. Cardinal, the Cardinal Awards are presented by UofL’s Student Activities Board and is based on academic excellence, co-curricular activities and service to the university.

Ford is a Woodford R. Porter Scholar and a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholar. She serves as the regional publications chair for the National Society of Black Engineers, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Speed School Mentoring Program. She has performed many hours of service in the community with Fed with Faith Program, as a West End School Tutor, Cabbage Patch Settlement House Volunteer, and a speaker for the Black Achievers Engineering Cluster. 

Goli is a Barry Goldwater Scholar, a Henry Vogt Scholar, and a KEES Scholar. He serves as the founder of both the Louisville Social Innovation Lab and the Droplet Water Project, and serves as a member of the Indian Student Association. The Droplet Water Project is a philanthropic project to help college students get involved in a global effort to provide access to clean drinking water by expanding clean water intervention from Cachipay to Tauramena, in Colombia. He has been involved in research in diabetes care and treatment at the University of Louisville and Harvard Medical Schools.


Alicia Kelso
Alicia Kelso is the director of social media and digital content. She joined UofL in 2015 as director of communications at the Brandeis School of Law. She also serves as a senior contributor at Forbes.com, writing about the restaurant industry, which she has covered since 2010. Her work has been featured in publications around the world, including NPR, Bloomberg, The Seattle Times, Good Morning America and Franchise Asia Magazine.