University of Lynchburg honored more than 100 students with academic awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. Photos can be seen below and downloaded on Flickr.
School of Business and Economics
Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key
- Miranda Melton
Awarded annually by the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi to the graduating student with the highest academic average for four years of study in business administration.
Myrtle Bell Lane Scholar Award
- Adrian Roman
Presented to a rising senior business major in accounting, management, or marketing who is selected using three criteria: academic performance, contribution to the School of Business and Economics and the College in the area of leadership as well as extracurricular activities, and financial need. The Myrtle Bell Lane Scholarship Fund was established in 1982 by the Edward H. Lane Foundation in memory and honor of Mrs. Lane, a 1910 graduate of the College.
Rebecca Chambers Watson Accounting Award
- Maximiliano Luna
Given in memory of Mrs. Rebecca Watson, assistant professor of business from 1978-84, by the Accounting Club and accounting faculty. Mrs. Watson was greatly admired and respected for her skills as a teacher and adviser and for her contributions to the campus community. She possessed a generous and deeply caring nature, which she freely shared with those who came to her for advice and counsel. She set her goals high and had the ability to strive for and achieve them. The recipient of this award is a student who exemplifies many of the qualities admired in Mrs. Watson.
Robert Hill Award in Economics
- Christopher Dodd
Established by Dr. Ann R. Hill in memory of her husband Dr. Robert L. Hill, who served the College as chair of the Department of Economics. This award is presented annually to a senior economics major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and has exhibited involvement and commitment to campus and/or community life.
Dr. Robert E. Craft Leadership Award
- Andrew Cerulli
Presented to a student in his or her final semester in the MBA program, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during the completion of the program and at his or her place of employment while maintaining a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
John Hayden Service Award
- Miranda Melton
Established by the School of Business and Economics faculty in memory of John Hayden, who exhibited exemplary service to both the school and its students during his tenure at University of Lynchburg. The award is presented to a senior majoring in any business discipline, who has demonstrated an active commitment to serve his fellow students, the School of Business and Economics, the College, and the community at large.
Outstanding Graduating Senior Award
- Samantha Bagherpour
Awarded to a graduating senior who has displayed outstanding qualities of leadership and service by participation in extracurricular activities on campus and in the community.
Dr. Kamal M. Abouzeid Outstanding Graduate Student Award
- Samantha Dauer
Established in 2015 to recognize and honor Dr. Kamal M. Abouzeid for his 23 years of distinguished service (1978-2001) as professor of business and economics in the School of Business and Economics and his overall service to the campus community. This award is presented to a graduate student whose overall achievement and success in the College’s MBA program are exemplary.
Sheila Garren Outstanding International Student Scholarship Award
- Ancito Etienne
Presented annually to a full-time undergraduate upperclassman with a major or minor in the School of Business and Economics. The faculty of the school will select the student who best demonstrates academic merit and leadership skills.
Walter G. Mason Award for Outstanding Achievement in Economics/Finance
- Cole Barrett
Given to a student whose performance in the field of economics (or finance) is considered to be exceptional by the faculty of the School of Business and Economics.
School of Communication and the Arts
Achievement in Art History
- Erin Sinski
Awarded to the student demonstrating significant achievement in and dedication to art history.
Achievement in Ceramics and Sculpture
- Kevin Williams
Awarded to the student(s) demonstrating significant achievement in and dedication to ceramics and sculpture.
Achievement in Drawing and Painting
- Samantha Davis
Awarded to the student demonstrating significant achievement in and dedication to drawing and painting.
Achievement in Graphic Design
- Amanda George
Awarded to the student demonstrating significant achievement in and dedication to graphic design.
Achievement in Photography
- Macree Workman
Awarded to the student demonstrating significant achievement in and dedication to photography.
Charlotte Quarles Outstanding Music Minor Award
- Kathryn Alty
Named in memory of Charlotte Quarles, who served for many years as staff accompanist for applied music students in the Music Program, and given to a music minor who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and/or musical performance.
Electronic Media Award
- Ethan Goad
Awarded to the communication studies student demonstrating unusual creativity in electronic communication.
Esther Cutler Thomas Outstanding Student in Speech Communication
- Emily Walter
Established by Charles S. Thomas in memory of his wife Esther Cutler Thomas, a 1936 graduate of the College, and given to a senior communication studies major who has achieved excellence in communication theory, public presentation, and analytical skills in human communication.
Outstanding Achievement in Museum Studies
- Shelby Miller
Awarded to the student demonstrating significant achievement in and dedication to museum studies.
Outstanding Theatre Major Award
- Anna Wehr
Presented to a student in recognition of superior achievement within and outside of the major.
Rex Mix Award in Communication Studies
- Kelsey Dowling
Named in memory of Dr. C. Rex Mix, first chair of the Department of Communication Studies and later, College chaplain, who was known for his student-centered approach to teaching and his mentoring relationship with students. This award is presented to a junior or senior in the Communication Studies Program who sets an example of excellence in creative, research, and/or leadership contributions.
The Helen Wood Award for Music Performance
- Cody Payne
Named in memory of Helen Pesci Wood, University of Lynchburg music professor (1942-64), well-known soprano throughout Virginia, and featured soloist for the weekly candlelight concerts at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, who inspired her vocal students to engage in the lifelong joy of making music. Her son Robert C. Wood III joins the Music Program in recognizing the student who exemplifies the high degree of artistic integrity in musical performance characterized by Helen Wood’s example.
The Susan Hornsby Crank Memorial Art Award
- Macree Workman
Awarded to a deserving student who has exhibited outstanding talent and/or ability in a field of art. The Susan Hornsby Crank Memorial Art Award and Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 by Kathleen L. Husted and other friends to honor the memory of Mrs. Crank , an art teacher and a 1974 graduate of University of Lynchburg.
Virginia Berger Award for Music Scholarship
- Brandon Coffer
Named in honor of Virginia Berger, who taught music theory, music history, and piano at the College (1948-81), and given to a student who exemplifies the late Mrs. Berger’s philosophy of music, which was characterized by enthusiasm for learning, seriousness of intent, and the joy of beauty and meaning in the arts.
Woody Greenberg Award in Public Relations/Journalism
- Barbara Rypkema
Named in honor of Dr. Woody Greenberg, professor of communication studies, and given to a senior majoring in communication studies whose academic achievement and work in journalism exemplify the highest ideals of the profession, including seriousness of purpose, exacting regard for accuracy, and protection of the First Amendment.
School of Education and Human Development
Kate Gillespie Award
- Caitlyn Koefer
Outstanding undergraduate or graduate student working with or planning to work with primary-aged children K-3.
M. Weldon Thompson Award
- Blake Trent
Named in memory of Dr. M. Weldon Thompson, who served the College for more than a quarter of a century as chair of the Department of Education and dean of graduate studies, and given to a student in the School of Education and Human Development who best demonstrates potential as an educator and civic leader.
Teachers of Promise
- Kira Castle
- Kiana Darby
- John “Will” Donnelly
- Maddie Koontz
- Blake Trent
Presented to a select group of outstanding teacher candidates from the 37 teacher education programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia to assist them in their transition from preparation programs to professional employment. Recipients must have maintained scholarly excellence, proven they are gifted classroom teachers, and demonstrated exemplary personal and professional characteristics. The award is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education Teachers of Promise Program.
The Veronica “Karen” Ratliff Award
- Katelyn Alley
The Veronica “Karen” Ratliff Award is given to an outstanding student preparing to teach in the field of social studies. This award was created by the faculty of the School of Education and Human Development in memory of Karen Ratliff ’63, ’73 MEd. Prior to joining the faculty at University of Lynchburg, where she was a valued and esteemed instructor in the teacher preparation program, she had a long and distinguished career as a social studies teacher with Lynchburg City Schools.
School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
B. Yvette Otey Spirit of Nursing Award
- Sarah Sweeney
Established in memory of B. Yvette Otey ’94, a former faculty member and nursing alumna, who embodied the spirit of nursing through clinical excellence, compassion, and dedication to patients, families, colleagues, and students. This award is given to a senior with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and who demonstrates the spirit of nursing through interactions with others and nursing care provided in the clinical setting.
Catherine S. McGehee Teddy Bear Award
- Hayli Baker
Established in memory of Catherine S. McGehee, associate professor of nursing, and given to a senior who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to holistic care for families and children. The recipient of this award must consistently incorporate developmental considerations — including play — when planning care for children and families.
Teresa Christy Award
- Danielle Hunter
Named in honor of Dr. Teresa Christy, a contemporary nurse leader, educator, and historian, who has influenced the direction of nursing through her teachings and publications in the field, and given to an outstanding senior nursing student in recognition of academic achievement and nursing practice and with the potential to be an outstanding leader in the nursing profession.
Student Nurses’ Association of University of Lynchburg (SNALC) Award
- Samantha Nash
This award recognizes an outstanding senior nursing student for participation in the activities of the Student Nurses’ Association of University of Lynchburg (SNALC). The recipient has demonstrated leadership by serving as a SNALC officer, through community service, and has the potential for contribution to professional nursing organizations.
Linda L. Andrews Xi Upsilon Leadership Award
- Larisa Kerrigan
Sponsored by the Xi Upsilon Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and given to a junior or rising senior nursing student who demonstrates excellence in leadership through self-direction and motivation, participation in student activities and/or special projects within the nursing program, and the ability to influence others to work together in a positive manner. The award is named in honor of Dr. Linda L. Andrews, retired dean of the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.
Female Academic Athlete of the Year
- Morgan Alvis
- Christina Antonucci
Presented to the female student-athlete who maintained the highest combined grade point average during the spring and fall semesters of 2016 while participating in a varsity sport.
Male Academic Athlete of the Year
- Daniel Friedberg
Presented to the male student-athlete who maintained the highest combined grade point average during the spring and fall semesters of 2016 while participating in a varsity sport.
Exercise Physiology Research Scholar Award
- Skyler Lewis
Awarded to an exercise physiology student who is conducting and disseminating exemplary research in the discipline.
Outstanding Senior Award in Exercise Physiology
- Skyler Lewis
- Haley West
Established by the exercise physiology faculty to honor outstanding achievement in the program. This award is based on cumulative and major QPA, participation in extracurricular and scholarly activities within the field, and recommendations from program faculty.
Jacqueline W. Asbury Award
- Natalie Deacon
- Amanda Perry
- Patrick Sullivan
Named in honor of Dr. Jacqueline Asbury, the first chair of the Department of Health, Movement Science, and Recreation (after its separation from Athletics), dean emerita of the College, and a role model for a healthy and active lifestyle. This award is given to a student(s) in one of the health, movement science, and human performance programs who exemplifies a healthy lifestyle, demonstrates an excellent understanding of the concepts of the discipline, and is able to perform and/or teach the skills of the discipline in an exemplary manner.
James C. Fox Award
- Carl Stamey
- Michael Wertz
Named in honor of the late Dr. James C. Fox, a teacher and coach who served as chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education for over three decades, and given to a senior(s) in one of the health, movement science, and human performance majors who demonstrates discipline, dedication to the professions of health and movement science, a desire to discover through scholarship the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and skilled performance in the movement and sports environment.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rona L. Adams and Brian Adams Yates Scholarship – English
- Kirsty Hughes
Established in 2004 to honor Brian Adams Yates and amended in 2006 to honor Rona L. Adams as well, this fellowship grant is awarded to an English major or minor to study abroad.
Charles H. Barrett Creative Writing Award
- Evangeline “Eva” Pappas
Established by former student Marilyn A. Cadoff ’06, to honor the memory of Charles Barrett, a much-beloved teacher and mentor to students. Mr. Barrett directed the Freshman English Program at the College from 1960-79 and taught a variety of writing courses. This award is presented annually to recognize a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in creative writing.
Elsie E. Bock Writing Award
- Sarah Mock
Established by colleagues, family, and friends to honor the memory of Elsie Bock, professor of English (1967-96), and to recognize an outstanding student in the freshman composition course and Professor Bock’s efforts to promote excellence in writing.
Floyd H. and Rowe M. Crews Memorial Awards
- Azaria Brown
- Samah Rash
Established in memory of Floyd H. Crews ’22 and Rowe M. Crews by their children to encourage students to develop their creative writing ability and given to students who make the best written contributions to College student publications.
Belle M. Hill Creative Poetry Award
- Jose Quintana
Established in memory of Professor Belle M. Hill by her son and given to a student who has demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in creative poetry writing. Professor Hill, a 1936 graduate of the College, taught a variety of English literature and poetry classes in the College’s English Department from 1957 until her retirement in 1980. Mentor and friend to many students, her favorite class to teach was Nineteenth Century English Romantic Poetry.
Libbie Keeton LaPrade Creative Writing Award
- Angelica Santiago-Gonzalez
Established in memory of Libbie Keeton LaPrade, an English major and a 1947 graduate of the College, by her husband Wallace ’48 and their children and given to a student showing exceptional promise in English.
Helga Neuhaus Leftwich ’62 Memorial Award
- Jasmyn M. West
The Professor Helga Neuhaus Leftwich ’62 Memorial Award Fund was established in February, 2016, by Helga Lura Leftwich to honor her mother and to recognize students for academic excellence in foreign languages or participation in the Senior Symposium. This year’s recipient has been judged by the Modern and Classical Languages faculty to have excelled in the study of German.
Laura Jeter Parker Award
- Angelica Santiago-Gonzalez
Established in memory of Laura Jeter Parker, associate professor of English at the time of her death in 1972, who served as director of freshman English and the Junior English Program. Earnings from the Laura Jeter Parker Fund, established in her memory by friends, students, and colleagues, are used for an award to a graduating senior demonstrating excellence in the study of English.
CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies
- Christopher Miller
Given by the Classical Association of the Middle West and South based on nominations from member schools, the award recognizes the outstanding Latin student in the minor program.
Award for Excellence in French
- Laura A. Ramirez-Arellano
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence, dedication, and enthusiasm in pursuit of knowledge, both of the French language and of the multifaceted global French cultural heritage.
Award for Excellence in German
- Jasmyne West
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence, dedication, and enthusiasm in pursuit of knowledge of the German language and German cultural heritage.
Award for Excellence in Linguistics
- Morgan Price
Given to the student who has demonstrated academic excellence, dedication, and enthusiasm in pursuit of knowledge of linguistics.
Award for Excellence in Spanish
- Laura Albert
Awarded to a student demonstrating academic excellence, dedication, and enthusiasm in pursuit of knowledge, both of the Spanish language and of the multi-faceted global Spanish cultural heritage.
Mervyn W. Williamson Award
- Aja Stevens
Established by Rhoda L. Williamson in memory of her husband, Dr. Mervyn W. Williamson, a 1948 graduate of the College and chair of the Department of English at the time of his death in 1983, who was renowned as an expert in linguistics, dialects, and local history. The award is given to the full-time undergraduate student who most clearly reflects Dr. Williamson’s love for literature and Christian ideals.
Jeanne Roberts Bickner Award in History
- Teresa Gunter
Established in memory of Jeanne Roberts Bickner, a 1967 history graduate of the College and given to a sophomore or junior student in recognition of their overall academic record, performance in the history curriculum, and contributions to campus life.
Christopher C. Cowles Award in History
- Christopher Mattox
Established in memory of Christopher C. Cowles, a 1990 history graduate of the College, and given to a junior who by diligence and devotion to the discipline has earned a place in the first rank of history majors.
William Webster Ferguson Award
- Erin Sinski
- Dieyun Song
Established by Drs. Dorothy and Clifton Potter in honor of Dr. William Webster Ferguson, professor emeritus of history and former chairman of the Social Science Division. This award is given to the outstanding junior history major or to the outstanding graduating senior who will pursue study in history.
International Relations Initiative Award
- Emily Harmon
Given in recognition of an international relations major demonstrating strong initiative in their studies and participation in non-classroom learning activities, such as study abroad, simulations of international organizations, and campus activities that promote understanding of international issues.
Outstanding Senior Award in Criminology
- Elizabeth LaBelle
Established by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and given for the first time in 2012, this award was created to honor the most outstanding senior criminology major. Criteria for the award include high academic achievement, student participation in extracurricular and scholarly activities, contributions to campus life at LC, and recommendations from individual members of the Criminology Department.
Outstanding Senior Award in English
- Kirsty Hughes
Established by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and given for the first time in 2012, this award was created to honor the most outstanding senior English major. Criteria for the award include high academic achievement, student participation in extracurricular and scholarly activities, contributions to campus life at LC, and recommendations from individual members of the English Department.
Outstanding Senior Award in History
- Jennifer Seay
Established by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and given for the first time in 2012, this award was created to honor the most outstanding senior history major. Criteria for the award include high academic achievement, student participation in extracurricular and scholarly activities, contributions to campus life at LC, and recommendations from individual members of the History Department.
Outstanding Senior Award in International Relations
- Sabreen Rash
Given to honor an outstanding student majoring in international relations. Criteria for selection include grade point average, quality of the senior thesis, and recommendations from individual members of the International Relations Program Committee.
Outstanding Senior Award in Sociology
- Angelica Santiago-Gonzalez
Established by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2012, this award was created to honor the most outstanding senior Sociology major. Criteria for the award include high academic achievement, student participation in extracurricular and scholarly activities, contributions to campus life at LC, and recommendations from individual members of the Sociology Department.
Outstanding Senior Award in Spanish
- Kristina Parker
Established by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and given for the first time in 2012, this award was created to honor the most outstanding senior Spanish major. Criteria for the award include high academic achievement, student participation in extracurricular and scholarly activities, contributions to campus life at LC, and recommendations from individual members of the Spanish Department.
John R. Scudder Jr. Award
- Mihika Corodimas
Given to honor the many years of service given to the Department of Philosophy by John R. Scudder Jr., the award is given for outstanding work in an introductory philosophy course.
Best Senior Thesis in Political Science
- William Browning
Given to the political science major whose senior thesis displays exceptional research, analytical rigor, and significance.
Joseph F. Freeman III Political Science Award
- William Browning
Established in 2005 to honor Dr. Freeman, retired professor of political science, and his contributions to the discipline of political science and to University of Lynchburg. The award is given to a top performing political science junior or senior who has attained a minimum GPA of 3.25 and who is interested in pursuing government service at any level, or graduate study in a government-related field.
The Dr. James J. H. Price Award in Biblical Studies
- Landon Wilcox
The Dr. James J. H. Price Award in Biblical Studies will be given to a deserving student with the best paper in Hebrew Bible or New Testament Studies.
Carl A. Storm Award
- Cameron Hankins
Named by colleagues in memory of a sociology faculty member, this award is given to an outstanding graduating senior.
Allen B. Stanger Award
- Landon Wilcox
This award is made to the student in the Religious Studies Program who has demonstrated strong progress in his or her studies, a consistent commitment toward preparation for the ministry, and a strong sense of responsibility as a campus citizen. The award is in memory of Dr. Allen B. Stanger as College Chaplain and Professor of Religious Studies.
Virgil V. Hinds Award
- Evangeline Pappas
Established in memory of Dr. Virgil V. Hinds, professor and chair of religious studies, and his distinguished academic service, this award is given to the student in the Religious Studies Program who has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement in the work of the program as well as in his or her studies.
John Mills Turner Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship
- Jeremy Blasiole (French)
- William Browning (Political Science)
- Pamela Carder (Spanish)
- Jacob Conner (Classical Studies)
- Brianna Egan (Criminology)
- Sabreen Rash (International Relations)
- Jerica Simmons (Sociology)
- Latrice Smith (History)
- Madeline Van Aken (Philosophy)
- Stephanie Renae Jackson (English)
Dr. John Mills Turner ’29, professor of English and dean emeritus of University of Lynchburg, was an inspiration to and mentor for thousands of students during his forty-one years of service to the college. This award, established in 2017, supports Dr. Turner’s belief in the importance of the humanities by honoring the undergraduate student in each department in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences with the best overall project, paper, or creative endeavor.
School of Sciences
Outstanding Senior in Biomedical Science Award
- Brooke Thompson
- John Tomkinson
Given in recognition of distinguished work in biomedical science.
Award for Superior Achievement in Computer Science
- Jeffrey Amate
Given to a computer science major(s) in recognition of superior achievement in computer science.
Outstanding Computer Science Senior Award
- Ian Givens
Given to an outstanding senior majoring in computer science.
Award for Best Computer Program
- Marisa Briggs
Given to the student who has authored the most outstanding computer program.
Outstanding General Chemistry Student
- Taylor Bopp
- Eric Corella
Given to the outstanding general student in the Fundamentals of Chemistry course. The award is an edition of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
Outstanding Senior in Chemistry
- Nancy Kierstin Reid
Given to the outstanding senior majoring in chemistry. The recipient will receive a plaque and a complimentary associate membership in the American Chemical Society.
Bruce J. Benedict Environmental Science Research Scholar Award
- Helen Boniface
Established by Bonnie Davenport Benedict ’68, in memory of her husband. This award recognizes an environmental science student conducting exemplary research in the discipline.
A. Boyd Claytor III Award for Outstanding Environmental Science Graduate
- Brittany O’Connell
Named in honor of A. Boyd Claytor III, College benefactor, trustee, and friend, and presented to an outstanding environmental science major.
Charles F. Stevens Research Award
- Taylor Alexander
- Brittany O’Connell
Awarded to support worthy research related to the environment with special emphasis on the Claytor Nature Study Center, College Lake, and Blackwater Creek.
Outstanding Senior in Environmental Studies Award
- Lesley Webb
Given to an outstanding senior majoring in environmental studies.
Outstanding Senior in Physics Award
- Chad Hobson
Given to a senior physics major whose academic work has been consistently outstanding.
Outstanding Service in Psychology Award
- Laura Albert
- Jeffrey Ryan Phillips
- Amber Robinson
Awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to exemplary service within the department of Psychology and who also show leadership as evidenced by the involvement in departmental, College, and community activities.
Mahan-Osborne Outstanding Senior in Biology
- Lindsay Stephens
Given by the Biology Program in recognition of superior dedication and performance. The award is named in memory of Dr. John G. Mahan ’40, biology professor, and his wife Mildred, and Dr. Paul J. Osborne, biology professor.
The Sally Glass Hargis Outstanding Senior in Psychology Award
- Mercedes Hamilton
- Brooke Thompson
- Brittany Wainscott
Given by the Department of Psychology to graduating seniors who, in the view of faculty, best exemplify commitment to academic excellence through creative and independent thinking; and who show leadership as evidenced by involvement in departmental, College, and community activities. The award is named in memory of Sally Glass Hargis, administrative assistant for the Psychology Department from 1980-2010, who nurtured and supported excellence in psychology students.
Thomas R. Nicely Award for Outstanding Senior in Mathematics
- Chad Hobson
Named for Dr. Tom Nicely, professor emeritus of math, in honor of his many years of teaching and exceptional mathematical accomplishments, the award recognizes distinguished work in mathematics.
Dr. Peggy S. Pittas University of Lynchburg Symposium Readings Award
- Austin T. Monson, “Subversive Penelope”
Given to the student who writes the best essay dealing with a social or environmental issue, which is published in The Agora.
The North Award
Michael Pallotto (St. Thomas University), “Freely Chosen Freedom: The Benefits of Hegel’s View of History over Nietzsche’s”
Selected by The Agora editorial committee for the best essay in the current edition, using University of Lynchburg Symposium Readings sources.
Heritage Green Assisted Living Gerontology Award
- Shane Duncan
Established by Heritage Green, an assisted living facility in Lynchburg, to recognize students for outstanding work in gerontology and to support student research in the field and student presentations at professional gerontology conferences.
Robert L. Hill Distinguished Senior Award
- Chad Hobson
Established in 1989 by Dr. Ann R. Hill in memory of her husband Dr. Robert Hill, a professor of economics at University of Lynchburg who served for many years as chair of the Department of Economics. Prior to joining the College’s faculty, Dr. Hill was with the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. He was a strong advocate of academic excellence, particularly as expressed in a well-rounded liberal arts education, and the Hill Award exemplifies that perspective. The award is given each year to a graduating senior who ranks in the top two percent of the class, has pursued a challenging and rigorous academic curriculum, and has exhibited involvement in campus and/or community life.
Richard Clarke Sommerville Scholarship Award
- Brooke Thompson
The highest academic award given by University of Lynchburg, the Sommerville Scholarship Award recognizes the culmination of a student’s distinguished academic record over the previous three years of study at University of Lynchburg. The award is given each year to a rising senior who, in the judgment of a special selection committee of the faculty, is of high moral character as evidenced by ideals, attitudes, observances of College regulations and personal behavior; has an excellent academic record, in no case lower than 3.5 overall grade point average on academic subjects; and has exhibited intellectual curiosity and scholarly attitude and attainments as evidenced by breadth of course work.