Young Alumni Service Award

Gairy Hall Jr. ’11, BUS’16, a Class Agent and former president of Columbia College Young Alumni, has received the 2017 Gerald Sherwin ’55 Young Alumni Service Award. Hall has built a robust record of volunteerism since graduating. A member of the CCYA board since 2012, he led the organization 2016–17. He co-chaired the group’s Career Committee 2014–16 and proved instrumental in revitalizing and strengthening its relationship with the Center for Career Education. Hall also sat on the Columbia College Alumni Association’s Service & Philanthropy Committee 2014–17. He served on both the planning and fundraising committees for his class’ five-year reunion and was a member of the Alumni Representative Committee 2011–14. Today, as a Class Agent, Hall raises funds for current students from alumni peers. Hall, who lives in London but plans to return to New York City this fall, is a management associate at JPMorgan Chase. The Sherwin Award, established in 2013, goes annually to a graduate from the past 10 classes (2007–16) who has enhanced the community, well-being or engagement of the College’s young alumni. “What really sets Gairy apart,” said Zila Acosta-Grimes ’11, LAW’15, “is how amazingly available he is. He always makes time to mentor students, to proof a résumé for a friend or to attend a networking event a more experienced alum spent hours and hours planning. Columbia is lucky to have him.”