Epiphany: A Literary Journal: 2016, $400 first place prize in nonfiction, judged by Kathryn Harrison

Disquiet: Dzanc Books International Literary Prize: 2016, Semi-Finalist in nonfiction, awarded $500 toward International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal

Columbia University Writing Fellowship: 2013-2015, awarded $40,000 toward graduate studies

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholarship: 2012, awarded $150,000 to pursue a Masters in Writing

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: 2010, awarded $3,000 to study early education in London

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship: 2008-2012, awarded $160,000 to attend NYU for the promotion of social justice

US Presidential Scholars Program: 2008, named 1 of 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts by the Dept. of Education

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery: 2008, creative nonfiction on display in the summer exhibit

National YoungArts Foundation: 2008, $5,000 Silver Award recipient in creative nonfiction

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: 2006-2008, published in Best Teen Writing of 2006; received Gold Keys in poetry, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing