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List of Academic Awards

This document describes the origin and purpose of the various academic awards bestowed annually on DePauw students. In most cases, appropriate departments determine the awardees.

UNIVERSITY AWARDS

  • D. J. Angus-Scientech Educational Foundational Scholarship. For the sophomore or junior majoring in the natural sciences or mathematics who has shown the greatest improvement in GPA from one semester or year to the next. 

  • I. Nelle Barnhart Award. For the senior who has made outstanding contributions to the co-curricular life of the student body in support of the academic mission of the University. Given in honor of I. Nelle Barnhart, Associate Dean of Students at DePauw from 1949-1979.

  • Joan Westmen Battey Endowed Scholarship. For the sophomore member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority with the highest GPA in the first semester of her sophomore year.

  • David B. Becker Fellows. For upperclass ITAP associates who have demonstrated significant achievement in on-campus and off-campus internship opportunities. A Becker Fellow has assumed a leadership role within ITAP and is recognized for the ability to link on-campus training with real-world IT experience.

  • Busey Family Endowed Scholarship. For the sophomore or junior member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity who is active in campus leadership and earns the highest first-semester GPA.

  • Center for Student Engagement Civic Engagement Award. For the graduating senior who has made civic engagement integral to his/her DePauw education and intends to continue this interest in a choice of career path, graduate study, or gap year program. 

  • Gertrude and G.D. Crain Award. For students who make the most effective use of the facilities provided by the Eugene S. Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media.

  • First-Year Seminar Essay Contest

  • First-Year Seminar Most Improved Writers

  • Joseph F. Gillespie Medical Fellowship. For a deserving senior pre-medical student for advanced education.

  • Katherine Cox Hoover Scholarship. For a sophomore who has demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, and special talents in extra-curricular activities. Established by James E. and Katherine Cox Hoover (’51).

  • Lambda Chi Alpha Prize. For a junior who has made a significant contribution to Christian living at DePauw.

  • R. Stanley Lawton, Jr. Prize. For students who have expressed and evidenced an interest in attending law school and who have demonstrated potential for high achievement in law school and in the practice of law as a profession. Established in memory of R. Stanley Lawton, Jr. (’36), with gifts from the law firm of Ice Miller and Mrs. R. Stanley Lawton, Jr.

  • Albert Lund Scholarship. For an active member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity who has won an internal scholarship competition based on academic achievement and community service.

  • Men’s Hall Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship. For a sophomore and junior who have contributed significantly to the quality of life at DePauw. The winners will have demonstrated or promoted through their campus efforts the principles and ideals memorialized by the Men’s Hall Association.

  • Thomas Mote Public and Global Health Senior Award. For the senior who has done the most to promote the health of populations.

  • Martha Weddell Nicholson Endowed Scholarship. For a junior (rising senior) woman majoring in the sciences who plans a career in science or who plans to pursue a graduate science or medical degree and who has a high GPA in her science major. She should have significant campus involvement and leadership outside her academic department and good character and be likely to appreciate the past contributions of alumni who make this and other scholarship awards possible.

  • Pamela (Lorman) and Ben Peternell Endowed Environmental Scholarship. For a sophomore (rising junior) of merit with a curricular or career commitment to environmental science, environmental studies and/or sustainability who has been recommended by faculty and DePauw’s Chief Academic Officer.

  • Clifton J. Phillips Archives Research Award. For the student who has submitted the best research paper or project using a significant amount of resources from the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism.

  • Alice G. Ross Senior Award. For an outstanding senior woman from Indiana. The award is in memory of George A. Ross’ mother, a housemother at Kappa Alpha Theta.

  • Stuart and Jane Watson Delta Tau Delta Endowed Scholarship. For members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity with the highest GPA in their class at the end of the fall semester.

  • Randal L. Wilson Memorial Union Board Award. For a junior who has made outstanding contributions to campus life. Established by Margaret Hardgrove Wilson (’41) and her husband Robert in memory of their son, who had been president of the Union Board.

  • Phi Beta Kappa. Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest and most respected honorary society in the United States. The Indiana Alpha Chapter (first in the state) was chartered at DePauw in 1889. 


SCHOOL OF MUSIC

  • John and Esther Browning Scholarship. For an outstanding pianist or violinist completing the junior year at DePauw. 

  • Leah Curnutt Prize. For an outstanding student majoring in music education or piano. Established by Mildred Gardner (’47), a School of Music alumna and lifelong friend of Professor Leah Curnutt. Professor Curnutt taught at DePauw from 1935-1970.

  • Fitzpatrick Opera Award. For the senior vocalist who has contributed the most to opera productions during his or her time at DePauw. Dr. Fitzpatrick taught at DePauw from 1963-1991.

  • Meghan Parker Memorial Prize. For the outstanding first-year vocalist in the School of Music. Established through gifts from family and friends in memory of Meghan Parker, who was killed in an automobile accident in September 1990, at the beginning of her first year at DePauw.

  • Performance Certificates. For seniors who have attained a high degree of excellence in applied music.

  • Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. For an outstanding junior majoring in music.

  • Mabel Lucille Sherman Music Award. For the outstanding pianist in the graduating class.

  • Van Denman Thompson Award. For a senior who has achieved excellence in scholarship, musicianship and activities. Established by Van Denman Thompson, who taught in the School of Music from 1911-1957.

  • Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary. The national music honorary society, to which students are inducted on the basis of scholarship and musicianship.


ARTS AND HUMANITIES

DEPARTMENT OF ART AND ART HISTORY

  • Art Department Scholarship. For students selected by the Department of Art and Art History to receive funds for materials, books or studio fees at the student’s discretion for furthering art studies while at DePauw. 

  • Vera May Knauer Farber Award. For a sophomore or junior studio art major, with preference given to one who uses direct observation as a source for imagery. Established by Vera May Knauer Farber (’36).

  • Indiana Artist-Craftsmen/Talbot Street Art Fair Prize. For deserving underclass students majoring in studio art, to be used for the purchase of art supplies. Established in honor of Richard Peeler, who taught ceramics at DePauw from 1958-1972, and Marjorie Peeler.

  • William Meehan Prize in Art. For a senior art student who works in traditional media in non-traditional ways. Established in memory of Professor William Meehan, who taught at DePauw from 1963-1992.

  • Senior Art History Prize. For a senior art history major.

  • Fritz Smith Memorial Art Award. For an undergraduate student whose outstanding painting or drawing is selected for the University’s permanent collection. Established in memory of Fritz Smith, a DePauw art student, who died in 1959.

  • A. Reid Winsey Memorial Art Scholarship. For an outstanding first-year art student. Awarded in honor of A. Reid Winsey, department chair from 1935-1970.


ASIAN STUDIES PROGRAM

  • Arthur E. “Bud” Klauser Summer Project Grants. For students for summer study projects related to Asia and the study of Asian languages. This award is in honor of Arthur “Bud” Klauser.


DEPARTMENT OF CLASSICAL STUDIES

  • Kairos Award for Achievement in Classical Studies. Awarded to the student who has demonstrated significant achievement in Greek and/or Latin as well as Classical Civilization.

  • Kairos Award for Achievement in Greek. Awarded to the student who has demonstrated significant achievement in Greek at the advanced level.

  • Kairos Award for Achievement in Latin. Awarded to the student who has demonstrated significant achievement in Latin at the advanced level.

  • Outstanding Senior Major. For a graduating senior majoring in Classical Civilization, Latin or Greek who has achieved outstanding academic success and/or made significant contributions to the department during his or her four years at DePauw.

  • Georgia M. Watkins Prize. For the outstanding beginning Greek student and the outstanding beginning Latin student.

  • Eta Sigma Phi. Honorary society for Classical Studies.


DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION AND THEATRE

  • Don Campbell Award. For the senior man and woman who contributed most toward theatre while at DePauw, selected by members of Duzer Du, the theatre honorary.

  • Stephen Gentry Scholarship. For a junior dedicated to excellence in broadcast journalism.

  • Margaret Noble Lee, Class of 1882, Prize for the Promotion of Public Speaking. For success in an extemporaneous speaking contest open to all DePauw students.

  • Barbara Petty Award. For the senior who has shown dedication to DePauw theatre, relative proficiency in an area of theatrical ability, and promise of future professional achievement in theatre.

  • Elizabeth Turnell Award. For the senior with high academic achievement who has contributed the most toward broadcasting and who shows promise of professional achievement in electronic media. Ms. Turnell taught at DePauw and advised WGRE from 1944-1971.

  • Robert O. Weiss Speaker of the Year. For the member of the Debate Team who has contributed the most to the vitality of the program and who shows the most promise as a wise, effective, and ethical advocate in the future.

  • WGRE Award. For the student who has contributed the most to the WGRE radio station.

  • Lambda Pi Eta. Honorary society for the National Communication Association.


DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

  • Christena Biggs-Kathleen Steele College Writing Award. For recognition of “greatest achievement” or “greatest improvement” for College Writing. Chris Biggs and Kitty Steele taught at DePauw from 1972-2002 and 1958-1996 respectively.

  • Walker Gilmer Prize. For the junior or senior English major who is most outstanding in literature. Established in honor of Professor Emeritus of English Walker Gilmer, who taught at DePauw from 1963-1997.

  • Gilpin Prize in Dramatic Writing. For a senior who is outstanding in playwriting or screenwriting.

  • Mary Smith Hamer Journalism Prize. For a sophomore or junior who has excelled in journalistic endeavors and who demonstrates promise for a career in journalism. Established in memory of Mary Smith Hamer (’70).

  • J. David Hogue (’21) Journalism Scholarship. For a sophomore or junior with demonstrated ability and interest in the field of journalism. Established in memory of the distinguished journalist and editor by Mrs. J. David Hogue (Mildred Robinson ’21) and Mrs. Harold Corneilsen (Margaret Ellen Hogue ’56).

  • Roy and Anna Kennedy Prize in Creative Writing. For the senior who has most distinguished himself or herself in creative writing and who shows great promise as an artist. Established by Adam Kennedy (’46) in honor of his parents. 

  • Chad Kostel Memorial Award. For a junior or senior who has a commitment to writing as a profession. Given in memory of Chad Kostel, a former student of the Department of English who went on to a career as a writer and editor.

  • Elizabeth B. Powell Prize. For a junior who exhibits outstanding ability in the area of written communications and usage of the English language. Established in 1987 by the friends and family of Mrs. Powell.

  • Paul Query Prize in Poetry. For a senior writing major who is an outstanding poet. The award also includes a special feature section in A Midwestern Review.

  • William G. Schoenhoff Award. For the senior who, in the judgment of the Department of English, has achieved most in growth during his or her four years at DePauw. Established in memory of Mr. Schoenhoff by his parents.

  • Judith Shakespeare Award. For a junior or senior English literature major who is exceptionally gifted in literary interpretation.

  • DeWitt Wallace-Reader’s Digest Print Journalism Award. For juniors who have demonstrated a career interest in print journalism.


DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY

  • Charles and Mary Beard Senior Seminar Prize. For the outstanding senior seminar paper in the previous academic year. Established by an anonymous donor.

  • William Wallace Carson History Scholarship. For academically promising sophomore and junior history majors. Established as a gift from Mrs. Samuel H. Swint in 1968 in honor of Dr. Carson, who taught at DePauw from 1916-1953.

  • John Dittmer Award. For the senior history major with the highest grade point average in history. Established in honor of John Dittmer, Professor Emeritus in American history.

  • Phi Alpha Theta. National honorary society for history.


DEPARTMENT OF MODERN LANGUAGES

  • Professor Ralph F. Carl Endowed Prize. For the senior with the highest GPA in French through the fall of the senior year. Professor Carl taught at DePauw from 1947-1948 and from 1952-1982.

  • G. Hans Grueninger Prize. For the outstanding student in German. Established by friends and former students of Professor Grueninger at his retirement. Dr. Grueninger taught at DePauw from 1930-1968.

  • Excellence in Russian Studies. For superior academic achievement in Russian Studies.

  • Laurel H. Turk and Esther L. Turk Prize for Spanish. For the senior Spanish major with the highest cumulative GPA in Spanish through the fall semester of the senior year and/or who has made significant contributions to the department.

  • Laurel H. Turk and Esther L. Turk Scholarship for Spanish Language. For sophomore or junior students majoring in Spanish, or in another discipline but with a concentration in Spanish, who have demonstrated high academic achievement and/or leadership skills. Dr. Laurel Turk taught at DePauw from 1928-1968.

  • Merle Royse Walker Language Award. For the outstanding senior in modern or classical languages.

  • Pi Delta Phi. National French honorary society.

  • Sigma Delta Pi. National Spanish honorary society.


DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY

  • Bioethics Bowl Team. Bioethics Bowl is held annually in conjunction with the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. It is patterned after the national Ethics Bowl competition, but the focus of the case studies is limited to issues in bioethics. Teams are judged mainly on the clarity and cogency of their arguments and the effectiveness of their responses to the opposing team.

  • Ethics Bowl Team. The Ethics Bowl is a national competition in which teams of 3-5 students debate complex and puzzling moral questions that may deal with personal, professional or social and political ethics. Teams are judged mainly on the clarity and cogency of their arguments and the effectiveness of their responses to the opposing team.

  • Phi Sigma Tau. National honorary society for philosophy.


SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

  • Marcella Fletcher Memorial Award. For a biology major who is pursuing advanced education.

  • Dr. John C. Frazier Memorial Prize / Albert E. Reynolds Outstanding Senior Award. For the outstanding senior biology major.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior biology major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • Truman G. Yuncker Endowed Merit Scholarship. For the outstanding junior biology major. Dr. Yuncker taught botany at DePauw from 1919-1944.


DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

  • Donald J. Cook Scholarship. For gifted sophomore or junior chemistry majors. Established by the Percy L. Julian family in honor of Dr. Cook, Professor of Chemistry from 1945-1980, on the occasion of his retirement. Many other admirers of Dr. Cook have contributed over the years to this endowment.

  • Awesome Dawson Award. For seniors who attend more than twenty seminars over the course of their junior and senior years.

  • Percy L. Julian Memorial Scholarship. For talented students, based on excellence and potential for success, to pursue training in chemistry and other fields. Established by the late Anna Julian in memory of her distinguished husband, Dr. Percy L. Julian (’20), scientist, civil rights activist, and businessman, as well as trustee and benefactor of DePauw University.

  • Elliott Morrill Fellowship. For student-faculty collaborative research during the summer between the junior and senior year. Students are chosen for their interest in research, strong academic credentials, and goals to pursue the chemical sciences after graduation.

  • John Ricketts Endowed Prize in Physical Chemistry. For the student who shows the highest achievement in physical chemistry. Established by former students of Professor Ricketts, who taught at DePauw from 1952-1989.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior chemistry or biochemistry major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Award. This award goes to a student showing ability, promise and interest in the area of analytical chemistry.

  • Phi Lambda Upsilon. Chemistry honorary society.


DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

  • Outstanding Service to the Computer Science Department. For a computer science major who contributes exceptional service to one of the department’s programs.

  • Robert J. Thomas Outstanding Computer Science Senior. For an academically excellent senior Computer Science major carefully selected by all members of the Computer Science faculty. Dr. Thomas taught at DePauw from 1958-1991.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior computer science major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • DePauw Computer Science Honorary Society. For junior and senior computer science majors, who are admitted on the basis of outstanding academic achievement in their computer science coursework.

DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES

  • Dr. Charles Leonard Bieber Scholarship. For sophomores or juniors excelling in the major of geosciences. Established by Professor Bieber, who served as department chair from 1947-1965.

  • Hugh Richard Gault Memorial Fund. For worthy students majoring in geosciences. Established by Arrabella B. Gault in honor of her husband, Hugh Richard Gault (’36), a Rector Scholar active in science and civic and school affairs.

  • Ernest Rice “Rock” Smith Memorial Scholarship. For geosciences majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25. Established by the former students of Ernest “Rock” Smith, who was head of the Department of Geology from 1921-1947, in recognition of his excellence and dedication as a teacher. Prof. Smith retired to Ithaca, New York, and served as president of the Paleoanthropological Research Institute until his death in 1952.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior geosciences major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.


DEPARTMENT OF KINESIOLOGY

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior kinesiology major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • Kappa Omicron Nu. The honor society for students in kinesiology.


DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

  • H.E.H. Greenleaf Memorial Award. For worthy students majoring in mathematics. Established in memory of Herrick Greenleaf, who taught at DePauw from 1921-1960.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior mathematics major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • Association for Women in Mathematics. The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) is a non-profit organization founded in 1971. AWM’s main goal is to encourage women in the mathematical sciences. AWM currently has more than 4100 members (women and men) representing a broad spectrum of the mathematical community, from the United States and around the world.


DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

  • O. H. Smith Endowed Scholarship. For junior or senior physics majors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and potential. Established by friends and former students of O. H. Smith, who taught at DePauw from 1925-1952.

  • Austin D. Sprague Scholarship. For a sophomore or junior physics major. Established by Austin Sprague, Professor of Physics from 1946-1971.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior physics major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • Sigma Pi Sigma. National physics honor society.


DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

  • Rex Rector Service Award. For senior psychology majors who have shown outstanding achievement in the area of human service. Given in memory of Dr. Rector, who taught in the psychology department at DePauw from 1957-1980.

  • Senior Thesis Seminar Award. For senior psychology majors for outstanding performance on senior research projects and senior theses.

  • Kenneth S. Wagoner Research Award. For the senior psychology major who has shown the highest research potential and dedication to experimentation as the surest road to an expanding and dependable structure of knowledge. Given in honor of Dr. Wagoner, an outstanding researcher and scholar, who taught at DePauw from 1946-1977.

  • Charles and Frances (Wylie) Condit Science Scholarship. For a promising sophomore or junior psychology major. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Condit to assist promising sophomores or juniors to further their studies in the fields of science and mathematics.

  • Psi Chi. National honorary society for psychology.


SOCIAL SCIENCES

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

  • Frank T. Carlton Senior Award. For the outstanding senior economics major. In honor of Frank T. Carlton, who taught at DePauw from 1919-1927.

  • Bruce Allen Long (’75) Endowed Scholarship. For a sophomore economics major who has demonstrated leadership potential and academic achievement. Established by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence W. Long in memory of their son.

  • Randal L. Wilson Memorial Award—Junior. For a junior economics major who shows a sincere dedication to the field of economics and is judged most likely to make a positive and worthwhile contribution to that field in the future. Established by Margaret Hardgrove Wilson (’41) and her husband Robert in memory of their son.

  • Randal L. Wilson Memorial Award—Senior. For the senior economics major who has contributed the most to the Department of Economics and Management at DePauw and to the field of economics in general, and who shows promise in the future. Established by Margaret Hardgrove Wilson (’41) and her husband Robert in memory of their son.


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION STUDIES

  • Education Studies Department Award. For a transformative intellectual who through coursework and extracurricular activities has demonstrated an awareness of personal power and agency, the ability to engage in social critique and problem solving, and who consequently takes informed and principled action in the interest of social justice.

  • Robert H. and Vera May Farber Outstanding Senior in Education Award. For the most outstanding senior majoring in education studies based on GPA. Dr. Robert H. Farber taught and served as dean at DePauw from 1936-1936 and 1937-1979.


DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE

  • Richard Watson Bunch Memorial Scholarship. For the outstanding junior political science major. Established by Mrs. Richard W. Bunch (Eugenia Anderson ’29) in honor of her husband.

  • Stephen Charles Sellett Memorial Award. For the outstanding senior political science major. Established in 1971 by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Sellett in honor of their son, Stephen Charles Sellett, a DePauw graduate who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1970.

  • Pi Sigma Alpha. National political science honorary society.


DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY

  • Paul C. Glick Award. For an outstanding senior in sociology and anthropology. Established by Paul C. Glick (’33), professor emeritus at Arizona State University, past president of the Population Association of America and for many years Senior Demographer of the U.S. Bureau of Census. 

  • Roland Naylor Award. For students interested in conducting fieldwork in anthropological archaeology.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta. National sociology honorary society.

  • Lambda Alpha. National collegiate honorary society for anthropology.



HONORS AND FELLOWS PROGRAMS

HONOR SCHOLAR PROGRAM
Dr. Irving Serlin Distinguished Honor Scholar Award. For the graduating senior in the Honor Scholar Program who best exemplifies the ideals of an Honor Scholar.


NATIONALLY COMPETITIVE FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
As winners of Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Awards varies from year to year, please see the Fellowships and Awards page for the various competitions.


THE WALKER CUP
Mr. Guy Morrison Walker, lawyer and reorganization expert (A.B. 1890, A.M. 1893, LL.B. 1891 - DePauw), made provision for the Walker Cup to be presented annually to the member of the Senior Class who shall be determined to have done the most for DePauw during his or her college course (see the list of recipients).