McKendree 2014 Graduate Nykhala Coston Wins Technos Prize

Honored for Academic Excellence and Global Awareness

Photo of Nykhlala CostonLebanon, Ill. — Nykhala Coston, a 2014 McKendree University graduate with an inquisitive mind and a passion for helping others, received the 2014 Technos International College Prize at the May 10 commencement ceremony. Sponsored by the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust to foster multi-cultural awareness, it is given to a graduating senior chosen by the faculty for outstanding academic performance and a commitment to international understanding.

Coston graduated summa cum laude from McKendree on May 10 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2012 she studied abroad in India, and spent one of her spring breaks on a mission trip to a Chicago homeless shelter. The First Generation Student Scholar presented her research at several professional conferences, participated in the Psychology Club, edited and wrote for the McKendree Review newspaper, and ran cross country for the Bearcats. Recently she was chosen for “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities.”

After graduation, she plans to become a psychiatrist specializing in global health issues. The former Edwardsville, Ill., resident now lives in Jefferson City, Mo.