Awards For Sophomores

*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.

Below are awards that are available to sophomore students who demonstrate leadership and service at Vanderbilt.  Sophomores are encouraged to read through these award descriptions and apply for the one(s) that best represent their qualities.

Ada Bell Stapleton/Blanche Henry Weaver Scholarship
The Vanderbilt Woman’s Club invites current sophomore or junior women and men with documented financial need to apply for the Ada Bell Stapleton/Blanche Henry Weaver Scholarship.  This scholarship—in an amount up to $5,000—is provided by the Vanderbilt Woman’s Club and will be awarded to a current member of the sophomore or junior class, in good standing with the University, with demonstrated financial need, who is an outstanding citizen on campus.  Applicants must have a FASFA on file with the Undergraduate Financial Aid Office.  The Stapleton/Weaver Scholarship honors Ada Bell Stapleton, the first Dean of Women at Vanderbilt, and Blanche Henry Weaver, who served as Dean of Women, Assistant Professor of History, Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, and the Assistant Dean of the Graduate School.

Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award
Established in 1989 in memory of Glenn Carlisle (B.S. ’77) and Elizabeth Norris Bogitsh (B.S. ’82), this award recognizes high standards in physical fitness, participation in recreational sports, and sportsmanship. It is awarded each year to a Vanderbilt undergraduate or graduate student who demonstrates a strong commitment to campus recreational programs and by example and leadership has inspired participation and sportsmanlike conduct in these activities. A trophy is presented to the recipient and his/her name is engraved on a plaque in the Student Recreation Center.  Questions regarding the award may be directed to franklin.h.harrison@vanderbilt.edu

McGill Awards
These awards are presented through the generosity of the McGill family in honor of Dr. John T. and Lizzie Allen McGill who provided students with an atmosphere of hospitality and guidance through their years at Vanderbilt. A graduate of Vanderbilt in 1879, Dr. McGill spent his life in service to Vanderbilt.  He served as professor emeritus of chemistry, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and finally a historian of the University.  Questions regarding all McGill Awards may be directed to Luke.Nantz@vanderbilt.edu Descriptions of these awards are as follows:

John T. McGill Award (1 McGill Resident/Project Member)Established in 1960 by Lizzie Allen McGill, this award is presented in memory of her husband, John T. McGill.  A $2000.00 check is presented each spring to the resident of McGill Hall who actively participates in the McGill Project and “who has established qualities of leadership, as well as being a good student of gentle bearing.” The recipient of the award is academically accomplished, exhibits respect for others, and has proven leadership ability.

 

The John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award
(Two Upper-class Students, one of which is a participant in a Living Learning Community other than McGill Project)

Established in 1994, this award is given to two upper-class students “who are academically accomplished, have demonstrated qualities of leadership, and whose efforts have led to an increased understanding of other student’s needs and a more civil campus atmosphere.” These awards are based on academic accomplishment, strong character and demonstrated leadership ability.  The two upper-class student recipients receive a $1500.00 check per recipient.

Muliebrity Prize
The Muliebrity Prize honors an undergraduate or graduate student(s) who demonstrates leadership in activities that contribute to the achievements, interests, and goals of women or that promote gender equity. Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, and/or advisors; students may also nominate themselves or their peers. Nominations are due by Feb. 14, 2014.  The award will be given at the annual Magnolia Awards Recognition Ceremony coordinated by Student Leadership Development, where the honoree will be presented with a certificate and small cash award.  Any questions, please contact Kayce Matthews, Associate Director of the Women’s Center, at Kayce.Matthews@Vanderbilt.edu or (615) 322-4843.

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

Thomas M. Weser Award
This award was established in 1989 in memory of Thomas M. Weser, a German exchange student who was killed while attending Vanderbilt. Each year, the Weser Award recognizes an international student who has demonstrated an unusually strong commitment to intellectual life, cross-cultural appreciation, and personal integrity. The recipient is presented with a small gift and a cash prize of $250.  Non-Vanderbilt community recommendations should be emailed to isss@vanderbilt.edu with the subject line THOMAS WESER Recommendation and then the person’s name who is being recommended in the text of the email.  Questions regarding the award may be directed to Marci.L.Angevine@vanderbilt.edu

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