The Magnolia Awards recognize outstanding student efforts in the campus community. With awards ranging from demonstrated leadership in intramural sports to commitment to cultural education, the Magnolia Awards recognize outstanding leaders across campus.
Additionally, awards are available for students of all academic standings:
First-Year Students, sophomores, juniors, and graduating seniors. Many of the awards, in addition to recognition, include monetary rewards.
These awards listed below are offered to Vanderbilt students during the Spring Semester. Students are encouraged to browse through this webpage to learn more about the awards that are being offered this year. Please check back periodically as information regarding these awards will be updated. You are also welcomed to view last year’s winners.
Please note that the descriptions below are not links to the applications or reference/nomination forms. To submit applications for these awards, please visit the Student Award Applications page. To receive and submit references or nominations, please visit the Nominators & References page.
Description of Awards
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award
Accolade recognizes a rising senior whose academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities contribute to the diversification of the Vanderbilt student body. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student and be scheduled to graduate May of 2015. Up to a $5,000 scholarship, to be used during the recipient’s senior year, is awarded annually. Questions regarding the award may be directed to Lyn.Fulton-John@vanderbilt.edu
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. Questions Regarding this award may be directed to Kayce.Matthews@vanderbilt.edu or Theresa.O.Barrow@vanderbilt.edu
Casey Carter Bonar Award
This award was established in 2010 to honor the memory of Casey Carter Bonar. Based on the legacy of extraordinary leadership she left behind, this award is presented annually to a Vanderbilt undergraduate student who embodies the unique qualities that Casey brought to the university – leadership, broad collaboration, enthusiasm, passion for campus involvement, selfless service to Vanderbilt, and, always, dedication to positive change. The student who most exemplifies the sparkling point of light that was Casey Carter Bonar will be selected as award recipient by the Dean of Students senior staff. Qualifications for this award are as follows:
- The award is open to only seniors.
- Students must have an accompanying recommendation from Vanderbilt faculty or staff. (form attached)
- A person may nominate himself or herself for the award.
The award carries a monetary stipend in addition to an engraved julep cup to commemorate selection. This a ward will be presented annually in the spring as part of the Magnolia Awards program. If you have any questions or would like more information about this award, you may contact Maryann.A.Rainey@vanderbilt.edu
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 email@example.com
Imani Award: The Rev. James Lawson Award for Campus and Community Leadership
The Imani Award honors the Rev. James Lawson, who served as a faithful and determined leader in the African-American community during the Civil Rights Movement and is still very active today, including teaching here at Vanderbilt. Imani is the Swahili word for “Faith.” Funded by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, this award recognizes a graduating senior who has continuously been an integral part of campus life and has demonstrated an outstanding capacity for leadership and devotion to Vanderbilt. The winning senior receives a monetary award ($500.00) and a plaque. The award will be given at the Magnolia Awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Questions regarding the award may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award (Two First Year Students)
Established in 1994, this award is given “for two academically accomplished first year students of gentle bearing who have shown kindness and respect for all others and who have established qualities of leadership.” These awards are based on academic accomplishment, strong character and demonstrated leadership ability. The two first year recipients receive a $1500.00 check per recipient.
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.
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.
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
Outstanding International Student Organization
This $250 award is given annually to a deserving internationally-focused student organization for recognition of its efforts in advancing intercultural understanding and exemplary work in the following areas:
- Organizing events that have a distinct cultural focus and educational goal
- Engaging the Vanderbilt community in activities to promote greater intercultural understanding
- Demonstrating a supportive and collaborative spirit within the international and Vanderbilt community
NOTE: Must be a registered student organization with an international focus to be eligible Questions regarding this award may be directed to Heather.A.Jones@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
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award
The Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award was established at Vanderbilt University in 1991 to honor Robert Peter Pratt (1954-1991), associate director of Undergraduate Admissions and long time leader in promoting diversity within the student population. A $500 check is presented to the Chancellor’s Scholar of junior or senior standing whose accomplishments best exemplify Robert Peter Pratt’s commitment to diversity and unity, leadership and cooperation, warmth and openness, and unselfish service to others. Questions regarding the award may be directed to Lyn.Fulton-John@vanderbilt.edu
Susan Jung Award
This award is given by the Asian American Student Association (AASA) and Masala SACE (South Asian Cultural Exchange) to honor an undergraduate junior or senior in the Asian American Community who has shown outstanding commitment and passion to Vanderbilt through cultural and/or political education. The award honors those who exemplify the vision of Susan Jung ’88, who founded AASA upon the principle of unity through diversity in the fall of 1986. The winner of this award receives a $500 check from the sponsoring organizations. Questions regarding the award may be directed to Andrea.Ramos-Lewis@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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org