"It is an incredible privilege and honor to be recognized in Joe’s memory, and I am very grateful to have received this scholarship. My peers at the studio mean so much to me. I truly appreciate all that they do for me. From what I have heard from my professors, Joe was extremely enthusiastic and kind. I hope that I can emulate his qualities. I was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. I am the son of Andrew and Catherine Bednar and I have a younger sister, Emily. I attended Howland High School and have always had an interest in the field of Architecture. My father is an Architect and from a very young age, I was introduced to various aspects of the field. My first year at Miami was good, but it was during my second year that I got really excited about Architecture and the Miami University. I believe this is largely due to my classmates in the studio. My second year was fun, rewarding, and challenging; I love what I am doing. I hope to one day become a registered Architect. Receiving this award is very humbling and I cannot express my gratitude enough to Joe, Joe’s family, my professors, my peers, and my family. I will always cherish the recognition, and will work to continue Joe’s impact on the Miami University Architecture community."