Awards For First Year Students

The following awards are available to first-year students who demonstrate leadership and service at Vanderbilt.  Each award recognizes leadership in different ways, therefore first-year students are encouraged to review the descriptions below and apply for the award(s) that best represent their qualities.

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, John 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

The John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Awards (Two First Year Students)
Established in 1994, these awards are given to two academically accomplished first year students of gentle bearing and strong character who have shown kindness and respect for all others and who have established qualities of leadership. Award winners have demonstrated academic accomplishment and leadership in creating a more welcoming campus for all.

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Leadership Award (formerly the “Muliebrity Prize”)

The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Leadership Award 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.  The award will be given at the annual Magnolia Awards Dinner coordinated by the Student Leadership Development Office, where the honoree will be presented with a certificate and small cash award.  Questions about this award may directed to hyemin.kim@vanderbilt.edu or kinsey.l.walker@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. 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 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 courtney.p.kelly@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. 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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