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Joe Belle Memorial Young Alumni Award

Joe Belle Memorial Young Alumni Award

For volunteer service to students and early career achievement

Joe Belle made significant contributions to the University of Dayton's Catholic and Marianist character through his exceptional caring about people.

The Joe Belle Memorial Young Alumni Award is designed to recognize young alumni who carry that same spirit and have shown great promise and accomplishment in their chosen profession and/or service to their community or to the University of Dayton and its mission. To be eligible, candidates must have graduated from the University of Dayton within the past 10 years.

Daniel Rajaiah '13

Daniel Rajaiah '13

Bachelor of Science, Political Science

Daniel Rajaiah '13

Daniel Rajaiah '13

Bachelor of Science, Political Science

Although Daniel Rajaiah came to UD as an engineering major, he left as a political science graduate dedicated to serving his community.

As a student, Rajaiah began volunteering on local political campaigns and then reignited the College Democrats.

When he switched his major, he found a great mentor in political science professor Daniel Birdsong, who taught him the importance of being an ethical, servant leader in the community.

“My passion for helping people started at UD,” Rajaiah said.

After graduation, Rajaiah worked for the City of Cincinnati where he became director of external affairs.

In this role he led immigration initiatives for Cincinnati’s Task Force on Immigration which had a goal of making Cincinnati the most immigrant-friendly city in the U.S.

Rajaiah’s work on this helped place him on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2015.

Today, Rajaiah is the youngest vice president at Mercury Public Affairs — a global public strategy firm dedicated to solving complex geopolitical problems.

“No matter what we accomplish in our short lives, there is always more work to be done,” Rajaiah says. “But it’s all worth it when you can create authentic relationships and help others along the way.”


Past Recipients

Matt Maroon '06
Sean Young '12
Mandy Brogdon '04
Maura Carew '04
Thomas J. Dharte '05
Justin Forzano '08
John Gravier '08
Laura Schmitz Keefe '05
Michael L. Lofton '05
Molly MacCready '08
Adam G. Molina '00
James "Scott" Murphy '01
Nicole Miller Olszewski ’08
Jeffrey P. Rombach '02
Chris Schmidt '99
Michael Vehar '05, '09
Rashad M. Young '98

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