Biola Student Sierra McCoy Receives Ruby Award

Mar. 27, 2019 By Bella Burchett

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Sierra McCoy, a Brea resident, is this year’s recipient of Biola University’s Esther Ruby Award for Obedience and Servanthood.


“I feel so honored to be noticed in my dedication because it shows that I have meant something to someone just as the many leaders before me have inspired and touched my life,” said McCoy.


McCoy is currently Biola’s Student Government Association President. She has been heavily involved in the First Gen program, serving as a peer mentor where she facilitated First Gen events and helped guide a first generation college student through their first year at Biola. She was nominated for the award due to her servant leadership exhibited through how she has led and mentored other students during her time at Biola.


For the past two years, McCoy has also served as a mentoring coordinator for the First Gen program, supervising 16 mentoring relationships between First Gen college students, hosting mentor training sessions and providing relational support to First Gen mentors. Before serving as president of SGA, she held the position of Senator and marketing coordinator for SGA.


Other awards that were presented at a ceremony on March 13, 2019 at Biola University include the Priscilla Ruby Award for Teaching and Mentoring and the Deborah Ruby Award for Leadership and Wisdom. Biola has given out Ruby Awards since Biola’s centennial year in 2008 and holds an annual awards ceremony each March in honor of women’s history month.


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Written by Bella Burchett, media relations intern. For more information, contact Jenna Loumagne, manager of media relations, at (562) 777-4061 or


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