Awards & Prizes

A variety of awards and prizes are made to students and faculty members at the annual Honors Convocation in the spring, including:

The John J. and Graciela Alfieri Tuition Scholarship in Spanish
The Mrs. H. K. Babcock Award, for service to students
The Paul V. Bacon Prize in Latin
The Louis C. Baker Memorial Award in Modern Languages
The Baker Prize in Modern Languages
The Ruth Bateman Award, for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership by a woman
The Andrew C. Berry-James C. Stewart Prize in Mathematics
The Philip and Rosemary Wiley Bradley Achievement Scholarship in Economics
The Campus Life Award, for leadership and service
The Iden Charles Champion Award in Commerce and Industry, to a student in the Department of Economics
The Iden Charles Champion Cup, for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit and loyalty
The Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
The POLYED Organic Chemistry Award
The Senior Chemistry Award
The CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
The F. Theodore Cloak Award in Theatre
The Sophomore Prize in Computer Science
The Senior Prize in Computer Science
The Maurice P. and Regina C. Cunningham Prize in Greek
The Maurice Cunningham Phi Beta Kappa Prize, to an outstanding junior
The Margaret Gary Daniels Keyboard Performance Award
The Diderrich Prize in Creative Writing
The Clyde Duncan Scholarship
The Miriam Clapp Duncan Award in Organ and Harpsichord
The Herman Erb Prize in German
The John Herbert and Mamie E. Farley Prize Scholarship in Philosophy
The Fraternity Scholarship Cup
The Faculty Convocation Award
The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men
The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women
The Freshman Studies Teaching Award
The Freshman Studies Writing Prize
The Christine Gerdes Award in Anthropology
The Bertrand A. Goldgar Fellowship
The Judith Anne Gustafson Memorial Award, for outstanding scholarship and character
The Hicks Prize in Fiction
The Hicks Prize in Poetry
The Paul C. Hollinger Award in Music History
The Betty Champion Hustace Award in Art History
The Marjory Irvin Prize, for excellence in piano performance
The Anne Prioleau Jones Tuition Scholarship in French
The Ralph V. Landis Award, for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics by a male athlete
The Lantern Community Service Award
The Latin League of Wisconsin College Awards
The Charles F. Lauter International Student Prize, awarded for scholarship, leadership, service and support for the international community at Lawrence
The Letterwinner Award, for outstanding athletic participation
The La Vahn Maesch Prize Scholarship in Organ
The Jessie Mae Pate McConagha Prize, for scholarship in history
The William A. McConagha Prize, for excellence in economics
The John F. McMahon Tuition Scholarship in German
The Elizabeth Black Miller String Scholarships
The James Ming Scholarship in musical composition
The Mortar Board Honorary Award, for faculty excellence
The Edwin H. Olson Award in Human Services
The Peabody Prize in Latin
The Phi Beta Kappa Freshman Scholarship Prize
The Pi Kappa Lambda Composition Award
The Pi Kappa Lambda Jazz Composition Award
The Pi Kappa Lambda Freshman Prize
The Pi Kappa Lambda Music Education Teaching Award
The Political Science Journal Award
The Charles E. Pond Award for Men
The Pond Athletic Award for Women
The Mojmir Povolny Prize in Government
The Presser Foundation Music Scholarship
The E. Dane Purdo Award, to an exceptional student in art or ceramics
The William F. Raney Prize in History
The Marion Read Award, for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics
The Gervais E. and Mary Katherine Reed Award, for achievement and service, to a senior woman
The Alexander J. Reid Prize in English
The Estelle Ray Reid Scholarship in Art
The Estelle Ray Reid Prize in Library Science
The Thomas B. Reid Scholarship in Journalism
The Elizabeth Richardson Award, for outstanding women majoring in studio art and art history
The Sumner Richman Student Research Award in Biology
The Patricia Ritter Prize in Chinese Culture
The Patricia Ritter Prize in Chinese Language
The Debbie Roman Prize in Chemistry
The Howard and Helen Russell Award for Excellence in Biological Research
The Louis Henry Schutte Memorial Prize in English
The John H. Scidmore Memorial Award, for scholarship, service and devotion to senior classmates
The Mita Sen Award for Societal Impact at Lawrence University
The Senior Art Prize for Men
The Sorority Scholarship Cup
The Warren Hurst Stevens Prize Scholarship, for scholarship and useful activity in university affairs by a junior man
The Tank-Palmquist-Ross Award in Geology
The Jean Wiley Thickens Prize, in science education
The Tichenor Prize in English
The E. Graham Waring Prize in Religious Studies
The Edwin N. and Ruth Z. West Scholarship, for scholarship and leadership
The Ralph White Prize in Mathematics
The Alexander Wiley Prize, for principled independence of thought, moral courage and creative commitment to a significant cause
The Charlotte Wood Prize in English
The Henry Merritt Wriston Scholarship Award

Academic Honorary Societies

The Lawrence chapter of Phi Beta Kappa elects as members senior students who have demonstrated superior scholarship. The society also sponsors lectures and awards scholastic honors for academic performance in the freshman and junior years.

Pi Kappa Lambda is the highest honor for Conservatory of Music students, recognizing exceptional musical and scholastic ability.

Mortar Board, a national honor society for senior men and women, elects members at the end of their junior year on the basis of outstanding leadership, scholarship and service to the academic community.

Lambda Sigma, a national honorary society for sophomore men and women, fosters leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service among college students.

Departmental honorary societies include Lambda Alpha, anthropology; Phi Sigma, biology; Eta Sigma Phi, classics; and Psi Chi, psychology.


Many fellowships and other sources of financial aid are available for graduate study. The Career Services library contains several comprehensive directories of financial aid for graduate and specialized study as well as more detailed information on specific fellowships. Students also should visit the Fellowships and Scholarships for Students Web page, consult with department chairs about fellowships in their fields and check departmental bulletin boards on which fellowship notices are posted.

Lawrence students regularly compete for the following major fellowships.  For information or applications for any of these fellowships, contact Claire Kervin, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Fellowships Advising.

Fulbright Grants
The Fulbright Program makes grants to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities in approximately 100 countries, primarily to those involved in university teaching, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Gates Cambridge Trust
The Trust provides full-cost scholarships for graduate study at the University of Cambridge. Candidates must have demonstrated academic achievement, be admissible to Cambridge and be committed to “use the benefits of higher education for the common good.”

Goldwater Scholarships
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships seek to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. Sophomores and juniors who are planning careers in math or science may apply for one or two years of support and for consideration for graduate school support.

Marshall Scholarships
The Marshall Scholarship Program enables U.S. citizens who are graduates of U.S. colleges and universities to study for a degree from a university in the United Kingdom for a period of at least two academic years in any subject.

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Three-year $15,000 plus tuition-waiver fellowships are awarded for study and research leading to master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.

National Security Education Program (graduate)
NSEP Graduate International Fellowships support graduate study in foreign languages and area studies of regions critical to U.S. national security. Study concerning 60 countries and 30 languages receives three years of support at $4,000 a year and $20,000 a year for an overseas component.

National Security Education Program (undergraduate)
NSEP focuses on geographical areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Grants of up to $8,000 are available for study in any of 50 countries.

Rhodes Scholarships
The will of Cecil Rhodes provides funds for up to 32 unmarried U.S. citizens selected annually to study for a degree at Oxford University. These highly competitive awards are given for two or three years.

Truman Scholarships
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation makes awards to college juniors who have demonstrated interest in and outstanding potential for leadership in public service. This grant covers expenses of up to $30,000 over four years, including three years of graduate school.

Udall Scholarships
The Morris K. Udall Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate work in environmental studies or Native American studies. The maximum stipend is $5,000, and college sophomores or juniors may apply.

Watson Fellowships
Grants of $22,000 ($31,000 if the student is married) are awarded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation for “a focused and disciplined Wanderjahr of the student’s own devising.” Lawrence nominates four students each year.