The Cheverton Trophy is the highest and most prestigious undergraduate leadership award given at the University. Every spring, the winner is determined by a vote from the entire faculty. A gift to the class of 1929, the original bronze Cheverton Award cup remains on exhibit in Argyros Forum along with its successor, a silver bowl. These trophies are engraved with the names of all Cheverton awardees since 1929. In addition to academic accomplishments, awardees must demonstrate a “high moral character” and “represent the spirit of Chapman University.” The award is named for Cecil F. Cheverton, Chapman’s sixth president, who served from 1929 to 1941.

Winning the award is tremendous. Being selected as a finalist is equally amazing and definitely deserves acknowledgment and celebration. We are thrilled to report that first-gen, Health Science senior, Vivian Luong has made the shortlist! Vivian is an inspiration to all Chapman students, but especially those who are first-gen.

“Despite the barriers presented to me as a first-generation college student and first-generation Asian American, I have achieved feats during my undergraduate career that my high-school self would not have expected were within my reach. I am beyond grateful to be recognized as a Cheverton Award finalist among such accomplished young women. As a first-generation Asian American college student, I owe my accomplishments, in large part, to my mentors in the Chapman faculty, who have provided me enriching opportunities and endless support.”


  • Clinical Medical Assistant (certified since 2018)
  • Emergency Department Scribe at St. Joseph’s Hospital (2019)
  • Supplemental Instructor Lead: General Chemistry (2018-2021)
  • Student Scholar Ambassador (2019-2021)
  • Summer Undergrad Research Fellowship (SURF) recipient (2019)
  • Research Assistant and Lab Manager: Affect Regulation and Health Lab (2019-2021)
  • Co-authored a published health psychology article
  • 11 Research conference presentations including but not limited to:
    • American Psychosomatic Society
    • CHOC
    • Chapman University Student Scholar Symposium
  • Keck Graduate Institute’s Medical Device Development Bootcamp
    • Development of at-home COVID-19 diagnostic device (2020)
  • Creator of female weightlifting app (currently in-development)

We congratulate Vivian on this wonderful accomplishment!