12.1.8. Honors and Awards Presented to (or by) Students

Multiple awards are presented annually at Commencement, at the Honors and Awards Convocation or during a special program held by the sponsoring organization. These awards may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Donald C. Agnew Award for Distinguished Service: This award is presented annually by members of the student government association (SGA). The recipient is chosen by the SGA to honor the person who, in SGA’s opinion, has given distinguished service to the University. Dr. Agnew served as president of Oglethorpe University from 1957 to 1964.
  • Alpha Chi Award: This is an annual award made to the member of the sophomore class who best exemplifies the ideals of Alpha Chi in scholarship, leadership, character and service.
  • Alpha Phi Omega Service Award: This award is presented by Alpha Phi Omega fraternity to the student, faculty or staff member who best exemplifies the organization’s three-fold purposes of leadership, friendship and service.
  • Art Awards of Merit: These are presented to students who have displayed excellence in photography, sculpture, painting and drawing.
  • Leo Bilancio Award: This award, created in memory of Professor Leo Bilancio, a member of the Oglethorpe history faculty from 1958 to 1989, was established by the student government association and is presented to a graduating senior who has been an outstanding student of history.
  • Mary Whiton Calkins and Margaret Floy Washburn Awards: Outstanding seniors majoring in Psychology are honored with these awards.
  • Ronald Carlisle Prize: The prize recognizes the most exceptional senior studying in the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Chiaroscuro Juried Art Show Awards: These awards are presented to the artists who submit the best drawings, sculpture, photographs and paintings to the annual student art show sponsored by Chiaroscuro, a club that supports the arts on campus.
  • The Chanda Creasy Music Prize (University Singers of the Year): Given annually to one male and one female member who, in the opinion of the conductor, have each made invaluable contributions to the organization and whose musical achievements and commitment have been of the highest order. The award is a cash prize with a personal plaque; the names of the recipients will also be added to a master plaque in the University Singers’ rehearsal room.
  • Deans’ Award for Outstanding Achievement: This award is presented annually to a campus club, organization or society which, in the opinion of the vice president for student affairs and the provost, has contributed most to University life.
  • Financial Executives Institute Award: This award is presented annually by the Atlanta Chapter of The Financial Executives Institute to students who have demonstrated leadership, superior academic performance and potential for success in business administration.
  • Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants Certificate of Academic Excellence: This award is presented annually to the Accounting major who has the highest overall grade-point average.
  • Sidney Lanier Prize: This award is given yearly to the student(s) submitting excellent poetry to campus publications.
  • Leader in Action Award: This award is presented to the student who best exemplifies the ideals of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program.
  • LeConte Award: The most outstanding student graduating with a major in one of the natural sciences, as determined by the faculty in the division of natural sciences, is recognized with this award.
  • Charles M. MacConnell Award: This award honors a former member of the faculty and is presented by the sophomore class to the senior who, in the judgment of the class, has participated in many phases of campus life without having received full recognition.
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association Award: This award is given to the outstanding graduating senior in the honors program.
  • The James Edward Oglethorpe Awards: Commonly called the “Oglethorpe Cups,” these are presented annually to the man and woman in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the faculty, have excelled in both scholarship and service.
  • Oglethorpe Poet Laureate: This award was first instituted by Mrs. Idalee Vonk, wife of former President Paul Vonk, and is an honor that is bestowed upon a freshman, sophomore or junior who presents the best written work to The Tower for competition.
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Emerging Leader Award: This award is made by Omicron Delta Kappa to the student in the freshman class who most fully exemplifies the ideals of this organization.
  • Order of Omega Outstanding Sophomore Award: This award is presented by the Order of Omega, a national Greek honor society, to the sophomore who best exemplifies the principles of Greek life.
  • Outstanding ADP Scholar: This award is presented to the ADP student in the graduating class who has the highest grade-point average on work completed at Oglethorpe.
  • Outstanding Improvement in French Studies: This award honors the student who demonstrates excellence and dedication in French studies.
  • Outstanding Male and Female Varsity Athletes of the Year Award: These awards are made annually to the outstanding male and female students participating in varsity sports.
  • Outstanding Politics Senior Award: This award is given annually to the graduating senior who, in the judgment of the Politics faculty, does the most sophisticated work in upper level classes within the discipline.
  • Outstanding Sociology Senior Award: The outstanding senior majoring in Sociology is honored with this award.
  • Pattillo Leadership Award: The president of the University presents this prize to a graduating student who has excelled in leadership accomplishments. The award is named for Oglethorpe’s 13th president, Dr. Manning M. Pattillo, Jr.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Group Award: This award is presented by the faculty and staff members of Phi Beta Kappa to the graduating student who, in their judgment, has demonstrated outstanding scholarly qualities.
  • Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Scholarship Award: This award is presented annually to the full-time freshman with the highest grade-point average by Phi Eta Sigma, a national scholastic honor society for freshmen.
  • President’s Citizenship Award: This award is given annually to the senior the president deems most worthy for his or her accomplishments in community service and civic engagement while at Oglethorpe.
  • Publications Awards: Notable contributors to The Tower, The Stormy Petrel and The Yamacraw are recognized with these awards.
  • Resident Assistant of the Year: This award is presented annually to an exemplary RA student who organizes outstanding educational and social programs for residential students and builds a sense of community in the residence halls.
  • Anne Rivers Siddons Award: This award is given each year to the graduating senior majoring in English who is judged to have written the best piece of short fiction.
  • The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award and Mary Mildred Sullivan Award: Sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, these two annual awards recognize individuals who demonstrate the highest standards of character, integrity, and service to others and to their community.  For nearly 80 years, the Sullivan Foundation has presented these awards at 60 selected colleges and universities in the American South.
  • The Warren Valine Music Prize (University Singers Most Valuable Member): Given annually to the student who is considered by the members of the Singers to be their most valuable member, the award is a cash prize with a personal plaque. The winner’s name will also be inscribed on a master plaque in the University Singers’ rehearsal room.
  • Charles Longstreet Weltner Award: Sponsored by the Stormy Petrel Bar Association in honor of Chief Justice Charles L. Weltner, class of 1948, this award is presented annually to a student who demonstrates analytical and persuasive skills and an appreciation for the elements of civic leadership, as determined through a competitive essay and interview process.
  • Sally Hull Weltner Award for Scholarship: This award is presented to the summa cum laude student in the graduating class who has attained the highest level of scholastic achievement at Oglethorpe with the greatest number of hours of course work completed at Oglethorpe.