Kate Gillispie Award
Given to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student working with or planning to work with primary-aged children (K-3).
- 2020 recipient: Tiffany Byrd
M. Weldon Thompson Award
Given to the undergraduate student in education who most exemplifies potential as an educator and civic leader. This award is given in honor of M. Weldon Thompson, who served as department chair for 25 years and as dean of graduate studies.
- 2020 recipient: Amber Kanode
Delta Kappa Gamma Society Award
Given in recognition of outstanding women graduates who show potential for distinctive service in education. The award is sponsored by the Virginia Iota State Organization.
- 2020 recipient: Samantha Sullivan
Ferris and Rosa Williams Award
Given to an undergraduate or graduate student who has overcome special challenges while pursuing a degree at the University of Lynchburg.
- 2020 recipient: Jessica Puryear
D.L. “Pete” Warren Award
Given to an outstanding graduate student who reflects the highest commitment to academic studies, professional development, and service to others.
- 2020 recipient: Caroline McKean
Kenneth R. Garren Leadership Award
Given to an outstanding Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies student.
- 2020 recipients: Andrea Bruce and Todd Swisher
Teacher of Promise Award
Given to five outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who are planning to teach in Virginia in approved licensure programs.
- 2020 recipients: Riley Blankenship, Sarah Burrell, Amber Kanode, Victoria Mason, and Kimberly Smith
Evelyn P. Bickham Outstanding Undergraduate Alumni Award
Given to an alumnus/a of the undergraduate program in education, who has made outstanding contributions to education and the community. The award honors Evelyn P. Bickham for her longtime commitment to and service in preparing students for careers in education.
- 2020 recipient: Meridith (Taylor) Strout ’99 BA
J. Edward Petty Outstanding Graduate Alumni Award
Established to recognize an outstanding alumnus/a of the graduate program in education for distinguished professional work in education and related community service. This award honors J. Edward Petty, whose active involvement in education focused on preparing students for careers as educational leaders.
- 2020 recipient: Deanna (Hall) Keith ’94 BA, ’97 MEd