Service-Specific Awards

*Students are encouraged to take a look at our new award.  The Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue is now being offered and will be celebrated at the Magnolia Awards Ceremony on April 2nd.

These service-specific awards recognize student achievement and leadership in the area of community service.  Recipients are celebrated for their impact in the Vanderbilt and campus community.

Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship
This award was established in 1956 by the Women’s Student Government Association in appreciation of the former Dean of Women’s twenty years of service to Vanderbilt women students. A $2,000 award is given to a junior who “has displayed service to the University in the areas of student government, religious, literary, and scholastic activities and in the arts.” Questions regarding the award may be directed to Courtney.N.Salters@vanderbilt.edu

Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury is an outstanding person who served Vanderbilt University with honor and distinction for nearly 30 years as chaplain, Director of Religious Affairs and as an adjunct professor at the university’s Divinity School. In addition to his involvement in civil rights since his youth, Rev. Asbury brought to Vanderbilt a sense of life, commitment and tolerance that changed the culture on campus forever. Reverend Asbury has also contributed his knowledge and expertise as a founder of the Vanderbilt Holocaust Lectures, Vanderbilt Martin Luther King, Jr. Series, the Vanderbilt Holocaust Art Collection, and Project Dialogue. Working with students of different faiths, traditions and races, Rev. Asbury would build All Faith Chapel to give a space for diverse and welcoming worship on campus. A true humanitarian and bridge builder, Rev. Asbury brought together students, staff, faculty, and the community in conversation when it was needed most.

Undergraduate students whom exhibit the mindset of Rev. Asbury in work towards interfaith dialogue are encouraged to apply for the Rev. Beverly Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue. The winner of this award will receive $500.00 in recognition of their outstanding work. Members of the Vanderbilt Community are also encouraged to nominate candidates whom they believe would be praiseworthy in this category as well.

Questions?  Please contact Mike Zimmerman at mike.zimmerman@Vanderbilt.Edu

Ripple In The Pond Award
In April 2001, the actions of two friends saved the life of Meredith Strong (’03) who had contracted a severe case of Bacterial Meningitis. This award honors those women who enhanced the character of their community by reaching out to help another in need. This $500 award is available to any Vanderbilt undergraduate student or group of students whose act or acts create connections, or “ripples” which acknowledge our humanity, and thereby advance our community, one-to-one, group-to-group. Questions regarding the award may be directed to Cynthia.R.Young@vanderbilt.edu

Rob Roy Purdy Award
Established in 1979 to honor the Senior Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, an engraved cup is presented annually to an upper-class student selected by the Dean of Students staff for demonstrating through leadership the qualities of humaneness, dedication, loyalty, and unselfish service to Vanderbilt University exemplified by Rob Roy Purdy. Questions regarding the nomination may be directed to f.clark.williams@Vanderbilt.Edu

William Aaron Pathfinder Award
This award acknowledges juniors or seniors whose uncommon community service efforts and leadership skills demonstrate vision, creativity, and innovation. Named in recognition of William Aaron (Class of ’89), whose own path finding led to the creation of the Office of Volunteer Activities–now the Office of Active Citizenship and Service–this award also celebrates Vanderbilt University’s extraordinary history of service to the community. The recipients will each receive a $250 honorarium.  Questions regarding the award may be directed to amanda.taylor@vanderbilt.edu

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