Awards

Academy of American Poets Prize

Awarded to the student submitting the best poem in the annual competition. The family of Jean Taylor Meyer has endowed this prize at Sweet Briar College and the prize has been renamed “The Jean Taylor Meyer Memorial Poetry Prize”.

Alpha Lambda Delta Award

This award is given to the graduating Alpha Lambda Delta member who has the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the first grading period of the senior year.

Alumna Daughter Award

This award was established in 1974 by the executive board of the Alumnae Association to honor an alumna daughter in either the junior or senior class who has demonstrated at Sweet Briar the traditions of sound learning and social responsibility which have characterized the alumnae of the College since its founding.

Anne Gary Pannell Taylor Award in History

Honoring the fifth president of the College, this award is presented to a senior history major who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average.

“Big Sister” Award

Donated by Sweet Briar alumnae who teach at Tye River Elementary School in Nelson County, this award is given to a member of the senior class who has shown a commitment to community service by contributing to the educational and emotional growth of the children at Tye River Elementary School. The recipient gives valuable time and makes a positive difference in the lives of these young people.

Engineering Outreach Award

This award is given to an engineering student who, through service to the engineering program and/or the local community, has demonstrated significant leadership in and enthusiasm for encouraging young women in engineering.

English Essay Award

This award is given to the student who submits the best essay involving literary criticism or creative nonfiction written during the academic year.

Everingham Rickards and Captain Garrett V. S. Rickards Award

Established in 1974 by Frances Murrell Rickards ’10, in memory of her son, who died in World War II, and her husband. This award is given to one or more members of the rising sophomore class who best demonstrate potential for leadership, academic excellence and community involvement, which have distinguished the College throughout its history.

Excellence in Engineering Award

This award is given to a graduating engineering science major who has demonstrated high achievement in engineering courses, conducted herself in a very professional and positive manner, and enthusiastically mentored girls in engineering.

George H. Lenz Excellence in Physics Award

Given to a senior physics major or minor who has shown dedication and success in the pursuit of learning physics. The winner of this award excels both in theoretical and experimental physics and exemplifies Professor Lenz’s excitement for understanding physics. The naming of this award honors Professor Lenz’s significant contributions to the physics department, where he taught from 1970 to 2004.

Gill Scholarship

Funded by Betty Byrne Gill Ware ’55 in honor of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Elbyrne Grady Gill, this award is presented to a rising junior or senior for their achievements in the environmental sciences or studies program and their interest in protecting the environment.

Helen McClure Gager Award in Chemistry

Established by the husband, family and friends of Helen Gager, associate professor of chemistry, who taught at Sweet Briar from 1976 to 1980. The award recognizes a member of the Sweet Briar community — student, faculty or other — who has done distinguished work in the field of chemistry.

James Lewis Howe Award in Chemistry

Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society, this prize is awarded to a senior for excellence in chemistry. It is presented to the recipient in April at a meeting of the Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society.

Jean Besselievre Boley Fund

Established by the parents and husband of Jean Besselievre Boley ’35 to encourage interest in creative writing. The fund provides a prize for the student submitting the best short story entered in the annual competition. It may also provide a grant-in-aid for a junior or senior with demonstrated ability in creative writing who requires financial assistance.

Jessica Steinbrenner Molloy Award

This award honors an outstanding senior in theatre arts, chosen by the faculty of that department.

Judith Molinar Elkins Prize

Established by her family in honor of Judith Molinar Elkins, professor of mathematics. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of a senior majoring in the mathematical, physical or biological sciences, actively participating in the College community, and demonstrating the ideals and dedication to learning exemplified by the life of Professor Elkins.

Julia Sadler de Coligny Award

This award provides an annual prize to outstanding majors in music and English in alternate years.

Juliet Halliburton Davis Award

This award recognizes an outstanding major in environmental science or environmental studies for their academic achievement, leadership and service to the environmental science department.

Kathryn Haw Prize in Art History

Established by the art history department with support from Kathryn Haw ’92 in recognition of the quality of education she received. It is awarded to a graduating art history major who has demonstrated excellence by maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5 in her major.

Kenmore Merit Scholarship

This scholarship is warded to a junior or senior who has maintained a 3.3 grade point average and who is recognized by the faculty of the government program for academic excellence.

L’Alliance Française Prize

Established by the Lynchburg, Va, chapter, the prize is presented to a senior nominated by the modern languages and literatures department for excellence in French language and literature.

Laura Buckham Book Award

Established by the friends of the late Laura Buckham, professor of French at Sweet Briar for 32 years, this award is presented to a rising junior who is a French major in recognition of excellence in French.

Lawrence G. Nelson Award

Established in 1971 in memory of Professor Nelson, who taught English at Sweet Briar from 1946 to 1970, the award is given to a senior chosen by the Department of English for general excellence in English.

Leigh Woolverton Prize for Excellence in the Visual Arts

This prize was established in memory of Leigh Woolverton ’82 by her mother, family and friends.

Lucile Barrow Turner Award

This award is given to a student or students majoring in music or in drama to provide scholarship assistance.

Manson Memorial Alumnae Award

This award was established by alumnae in memory of N. C. Manson Jr. to give recognition each year to an upperclass student of high academic standing who shows qualities of leadership and makes a constructive contribution to student life.

Marcia Capron Award

Established by John D. Capron in honor of his wife, this award is given to a senior for excellence in French.

Mary Kendrick Benedict Award

Established in 1945 by former students, colleagues and other friends of Dr. Mary Kendrick Benedict, the first president of Sweet Briar College, this award honors an upperclass student of high academic standing and personal integrity who has shown a purpose for service in her college experience.

Mary MacKintosh Sherer Merit Scholarship

Established by friends of Mary MacKintosh Sherer, is award is given to a rising junior who is a leader and a scholar and who demonstrates the outgoing and cheerful qualities long associated with Mary MacKintosh Sherer.

Mathematical Sciences Award

Awarded to a graduating mathematical sciences major who has demonstrated excellence by achieving at least a 3.3 GPA in mathematical courses and in one or more of the following ways: performance in the classroom, academic activities outside the classroom, service to the department, leadership on campus and service to the local community.

Milan Hapala Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a junior majoring in international affairs or government who wishes to study in the Czech Republic.

Myron B. Bloy, Jr. Service Fellowship

This fellowship was established by friends of the late Chaplain Bloy to enable a current Sweet Briar student to work in a service-oriented, off-campus capacity in this country or abroad.

Nicole Greenleaf Service in Education Award

Named in honor of Nicole Clara Michelle Greenleaf, Class of 2003, this award honors a senior in the teacher education program who has demonstrated scholastic achievement and whose volunteer service in support of a struggling student in a local public school has been an inspiration to that student’s school community.

Outstanding Scholar in Education Award

This award is given in recognition to young women in Virginia colleges who have completed the teacher preparation programs in an exemplary fashion. It is awarded to advance the professional interest and position of women in education and to honor women who have given or who evidence potential for distinctive service in any field of education. The award is sponsored by Delta Kappa Gamma, a national honor sorority for leading women in education.

Pauline Roberts Otis Award

Established in memory of Mrs. Otis by her daughter, Susan Otis Thompson ’52, who studied in Paris with the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France program. The prize is awarded each year to the senior student of highest academic distinction having been a member of the JYF in Paris program.

Rebecca Tomlinson Lindblom Award

Established by the Rev. William L. Lindblom in honor of his wife, this award is given to a student or students who demonstrate academic excellence in philosophy and religion, as well as in the application of their principles to daily living.

Regatta Awards

The Regatta Awards are presented to students in the Introduction to Engineering class whose designs and performance in the annual Cardboard Boat Regatta are exemplary. The awards recognize the teams’ work in four categories: speed, buoyancy, design and overall excellence.

Shakespeare Prize

This prize is presented to the student who demonstrates excellence in any of the upper-level Shakespeare courses.

Sweet Briar Fine Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is given to the senior who best shows great promise as an artist and a scholar.

W. Edward Overly Award

Established by W. Edward Overly, parent of Lynda Overly ’64, the prize is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated scholarly achievement in Spanish.

Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award

Given to outstanding Sweet Briar leaders for their scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extra curricular activities, and community service.