Prizes and Awards
High standards of academic achievement and personal
conduct are acknowledged at Roanoke College in a series of
annual awards and prizes.
Alpha Lambda Delta Award An award presented to the
Alpha Lambda Delta member who is a graduating senior with
the highest scholastic average.
Alpha Psi Omega Award An award presented for
outstanding service and contribution to theatre arts at
American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Award
One year membership in the ACS student affiliates is
provided by the Chemistry department for students showing
outstanding promise in the field of chemistry.
American Institute of Chemists Student Award A
certificate and one-year membership for the American
Institute of Chemists is awarded to a senior in recognition of
potential advancement in the chemical professions.
Athletic Department Outstanding Athlete Awards
Trophies are presented annually by the Roanoke College
Athletic department to the male student and the female
student selected by their peers as the most outstanding
athletes for the current year.
Athletic Scholarship Prize A certificate awarded annually
by the athletic department to any regularly classified student
who attains the highest cumulative academic average among
those who win the College "R" in athletics.
Karl W. Beck Memorial Prize A prize in money made
possible by gifts of friends in memory of the late Karl W.
Beck, who was a professor and chair of the psychology
department. It is given for excellence in psychology.
C. Randolph Benson Sociology Award A prize awarded
annually to a senior sociology major who has demonstrated
academic excellence and leadership in the field of sociology.
Dr. Charles W. Bondurant Summer Scholars A stipend
provided by Dr. C.H. Fisher and others to allow
undergraduate chemistry majors to perform research during
the Summer under the supervision of a staff member.
Recipients are selected by the chemistry department staff.
John T. Bowman Memorial Award A prize in money
made possible by the income from a gift by Mrs. John T.
Bowman of Salem,Virginia, awarded to a senior for
outstanding work in the field of religion.
Annie Terrill Bushnell Prize A prize in money awarded
annually by the estate of Mrs.William A. Anderson, Jr., in
memory of her mother, Annie Terrill Bushnell, to the woman
student who has shown the highest qualities of leadership
and loyalty to the College and to her fellow students.
The Reverend Dr. John E. Bushnell Prize A prize in
money awarded annually by the estate of Mrs.William A.
Anderson, Jr., in memory of her father,The Reverend Dr.
John E. Bushnell, to the male student who has shown the
highest qualities of leadership and loyalty to the College and
to his fellow students.
Gertrude B. Camper Outstanding Prospective Teacher
Award Student teaching evaluations and recommendations,
in conjunction with overall and education grade point
averages, will be the primary selection criteria.
Recommendations related to other field experiences,
including the EDUC 338 internship and the EDUC 340
tutoring practicum will also be considered. A student must
hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average, both overall and in
education, in order to be considered for this award.
Recipient's name will be engraved on a plaque to be
displayed in the Education department, and the recipient will
receive a cash award.
Julia McBriety Chalfant Memorial Award An award
made possible by the income from gifts of family and friends
in memory of the late Julia McBriety Chalfant '63 for
excellence in mathematics.
Chemical Rubber Company Award A book prize,
awarded annually by the chemistry department and the
Chemical Rubber Company of Cleveland, Ohio, to the
student who has shown the greatest achievement in general
Criminal Justice Prize A prize awarded annually to that
graduating senior majoring in criminal justice who has
demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding potential
for continued scholarly growth.
Julius D. Dreher Endowed Scholarship Award Dr. J. D.
Dreher, President of Roanoke College from 1878 to 1903,
provided a bequest to "endow a prize scholarship in English
language and literature to be awarded annually in the junior
class under regulations to be established by the English
department." This scholarship is applicable toward tuition
during the senior year at Roanoke College. Only English
majors of junior standing are eligible for the award.
Guy E. Eckman Independent Study Award A prize in
money made possible through gifts from friends in memory
of the late Guy E. Eckman, a professor of psychology at
Roanoke College. An award is given each semester to the
student whose work has been judged most outstanding from
among those submitted to a faculty panel.
John Todd Faw Memorial Award An annual monetary
award granted to that Roanoke College student who best
exemplifies the spirit of J.Todd Faw, a Roanoke College
sophomore at the time of his death in 1982.The recipient
should demonstrate an active concern for the Roanoke
College community; possess the personal qualities of concern
for others, intellectual curiosity, and initiative; and have the
commitment and potential to improve society.
Fine Arts Prizes Prizes in money awarded annually to
increase interest and reward excellence in the department of
fine arts, given to those students whose work in the
department is most outstanding for the year.
Fortnightly Club Award An annual monetary award to a
rising junior who has achieved excellence in academics and
is active in community service and College-related activities.
Henry H. Fowler Public Policy Paper Awards Prizes
either in graduate scholarship assistance or money for the
most outstanding undergraduate research papers dealing with
U.S. public policy since the 1930s.The competition is held in
May of each year, and any student enrolled for credit during
the preceding 12 months whose entry has never been
critiqued in a competition is eligible. For information, see
Dr. C.William Hill Jr., department of Public Affairs,
Herta T. Freitag Mathematics Award This award was
created through the generosity of Herta T. Freitag,
mathematician, educator, and long-time friend of Roanoke
College.The award is made annually to an outstanding senior
mathematics major selected by the mathematics faculty of
Sam Robert Good Award An award established by gifts
from Mr. and Mrs. James Cheston and the theatre program to
honor Professor Good for his contributions to theatre arts at
Roanoke College. It is a prize in money awarded each year to
a student who has demonstrated both theatrical and academic
excellence at Roanoke College.
Health and Human Performance Award A one-year
membership in the American Alliance of Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance and a cash award presented
by the Department of Health and Human Performance to an
upper-class physical education major who has excelled in
work performed during the past year.
Pendleton Hogan Mary Queen of Scots Award The
income from a gift by Pendleton Hogan '29, aids Roanoke
College students who research the Mary Queen of Scots era.
James Lewis Howe Award Awards provided by the Blue
Ridge Chapter of the American Chemical Society and named
in honor of James L. Howe, a former member, presented to
outstanding chemistry majors.
International Relations Award An award presented to the
graduating senior majoring in international relations who has
excelled in his/her field and who has attained at least a 3.0
cumulative grade point average.
Kendig American Scholar Award An award established in
1976 as a lasting reminder by the College Bicentennial
Committee and named for the late Dr. Perry F. Kendig,
President, Roanoke College, 1964-1975. It is presented to the
valedictorian of each graduating class.
Daniel Poe Klein Scholarship This scholarship award was
established by gifts from his parents, brothers David and
Thomas, and friends in memory of Daniel Poe Klein, a
member of Pi Kappa Phi. It is presented annually to the male
rising senior who has demonstrated outstanding talent in the
field of education and who has shown exemplary moral
leadership in the College community.
Philip C. Lee, Jr. Memorial Scholarship An award made
annually to a Roanoke College Biology major to support
research during the Summer under the supervision of a
Biology department faculty member.This endowment was
established by family, friends and colleagues in memory of
Philip C. Lee, Jr., a longtime Biology department faculty
Gary Wesley Leonard Memorial Award in Biology An
award made possible through anonymous gifts of friends and
the Beta Beta Beta national honorary biology society in
honor of Gary Wesley Leonard, a biology major at the
College at the time of his death. Presented annually, the
recipient is chosen by the staff of the biology department
from the members of the junior or senior class on the basis of
general academic excellence, major work of high proficiency
in the field of biology, and good student citizenship. The
name of the winner is inscribed on a perpetual plaque.
Evans W. Linsey Memorial Prize A prize in money
provided annually through a gift by the late Mr. J.W. Burress,
bestowed on that student who, on an advanced level, has done
outstanding work in the field of modern foreign languages
and served as an inspiration to fellow students.
Jesse Lee and Mary Elizabeth Lucado Award A
monetary prize given by Joseph A. Lucado, through an
endowment, to the outstanding Senior in teacher education.
The recipient's name will be engraved on the permanent
George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholarship Award
This annual prize is awarded by the George C. Marshall
Research Foundation for study resulting in a paper researched
in the Library and Manuscript Collections in Lexington,
Virginia. The recipient, an outstanding junior or senior in
history or political science, is selected with the approval of the
F. Miller Prize This prize is awarded annually to an upperclass
student who demonstrated a commitment to campus life
at Roanoke College.The student will also have a
demonstrated financial need.
Andrew Murphy Science Award An award given annually
to the most worthy graduating senior who has shown
outstanding ability in the physical sciences. A preference is
given to seniors who major in chemistry or have a stated
interest in research.
Organic Chemistry Award A certificate of accomplishment
and the interactive computer course "Introduction to Polymer
Chemistry," given by the Division of Polymer Chemistry of
the American Chemical Society, is presented to the
outstanding student in the two-semester organic chemistry
Outstanding Sophomore Health and Human
Performance Major Award This award recognizes a
sophomore Health and Human Performance major who
shows promise in the field of health and physical education
through involvement in professional activities and service.To
be eligible for the award students must have completed 13
course units, be in the process of completing four courses in
the major, and show a high degree of achievement in their
academic work.The minimum GPA requirement will be
2.75.The recipient receives a one-year membership in the
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation
and Dance and will be honored by having his/her name
inscribed on the departmental (Outstanding Sophomore
Health and Human Performance) plaque.
Outstanding Students in Business Administration,
Economics, and Computer Information Systems A
prize in money presented annually to seniors in business
administration, economics, and computer information systems
who have excelled in the field.
Outstanding Student in French Book prizes awarded
annually by the French government to the best and most
promising students of French.
Outstanding Student in German Book prizes awarded
annually by the German Embassy to students of the German
language who have excelled in their work during the past
Outstanding Student in Spanish Book prizes awarded
annually by the foreign language department to the best and
most promising students of Spanish.
Mamie S. Patterson Foreign Language Department
Travel Award An award given to students based on their
academic achievement in the study of a foreign language and
their contribution to the promotion of foreign language
study.Awarded for use in conjunction with a May travel
Dr. George G. Peery Achievement Award An award
given annually, the Peery Achievement Award was established
in 1986 in honor of Dr. George G. Peery, former chair of the
Biology department.The recipient, a junior or senior member
of the Tri-Beta Society, is chosen by the membership of Tri-
Beta and the faculty of the Biology department on the basis
of both academic achievement and, in particular, outstanding
service to the Tri-Beta Society and the Biology department.
The name of the winner is inscribed on a perpetual plaque.
Physics Society Award A prize in money awarded to the
outstanding freshman in physics.
Harry E. Poindexter Award A prize in money given to a
senior history major who has demonstrated academic
excellence and leadership in the field of history.
The R. Dan Richardson Award The department of
History established this award to honor Dan Richardson and
his 30 years of dedicated service to the College.The award is
presented to a senior who has demonstrated excellence and
promise for growth in modern European history.
Roy H. Ritter Southern History Prize A monetary prize
awarded annually in memory of Roy H. Ritter '26 to a junior
or senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and
outstanding achievement in the study of the history of the
South. Mr. Ritter was a partner in the engineering firm of
Whitman, Requardt and Associates and one of America's
outstanding civil engineers.
Salem Times-Register Prizes for Excellence Two prizes,
given by Jeanne and Ray Robinson, Salem Times-Register , are
awarded annually to the man and the woman of the senior
class who have achieved the highest degree of excellence both
in their studies and in their service in behalf of the College.
Recipients are chosen by the faculty.
Salem Times-Register Prize-Roanoke Valley An annual
award for a junior or senior from the Roanoke Valley who has
demonstrated leadership both on academics and student life.
The recipient is to be selected by the faculty.The award is
provided by the generosity of Jeanne and Ray Robinson.
Will Selzer Political Science Prize A prize in money
awarded annually to that graduating senior majoring in
political science who has demonstrated academic excellence
and outstanding potential for continued scholarly growth.
Dr.William A. Sandridge Leadership Award An award
given annually in honor of Dr.William A. Sandridge and
made possible by the faculty of the economics and business
administration department. The recipient is selected by the
economics and business administration faculty from among
those graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding
leadership qualities both within the department and in the
Solomon Community Service Awards These awards are
made annually to sophomores or juniors who have shown a
commitment to community service the previous year and
show promise for future community service.
Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry A sixmonth
subscription to the journal, Analytical Chemistry ,
presented to the student showing the most potential for the
Wall Street Journal Award Presented annually to a student
in economics or business administration. The recipient
receives a one-year subscription to the Wall Street Journal and
the Wall Street Journal Medal, and will be honored by having
his/her name inscribed on the Wall Street Journal Plaque.
Mary Cooper Williams Memorial Award An award,
established by Dr. L. Grady Cooper '22, and his wife, Miriam
Greever Cooper, is presented annually to an outstanding
student majoring in religion and philosophy with a preference
given to Lutheran students who are studying for the ministry
or service in the church.
Jeffrey Childs Willis Memorial Award This award in
memory of Jeffrey Childs Willis is presented annually to the
most outstanding soccer player.
Charles C.Wise Poetry Award A prize in money, made
possible by an anonymous donor, is awarded for an original
poem judged outstanding by the members of the English
Matthew M.Wise Scholarship Prize This scholarship
prize was established in honor of Dr. Matthew M.Wise for
his 30 years of dedicated service as a faculty member in
Roanoke College's English department. It is used to support
the senior English major who is most outstanding
The Reverend Dr. Paul L.Yount Prize A prize in money
given annually, in memory of the Reverend Dr. Paul L.Yount
'10, is given annually to the pre-ministerial student who hasshown the highest qualities of leadership.