Awards for Students

Awards for students are chosen by faculty, the Office of Student Activities, and the Student Government Association. The St. Mary's College Foundation provides financial support for many of the awards. Most of these awards are presented at the annual Awards Convocation.

In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the selection of students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and presents certificates to students named.

AWARDS

Academic Athlete Award, established in 1975 to recognize both the male and female junior (or senior) varsity athletes with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 or better who have earned at least 32 credit-hours at St. Mary’s College and who have played an important role on one or more varsity teams.

Alumni Award, provided by the Alumni Association, to a student for exemplary character and ideals in representing the College.

Alumni Scholarship Endowment Fund, established by the Alumni Association for incoming students who are related to an alumnus/a.

Arts Alliance Awards, for accomplishments in art, music, theater, and creative writing.

Asian Studies Award, established in 2005 by the Asian Studies faculty to recognize exceptional contributions to the cross-disciplinary study area of Asian studies.

Baltimore Student Scholarships, established by the France-Merrick Foundation, Landers Foundation, and private donors. For academically talented students from Baltimore City who have financial need.

Justin Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund, established by Robin and Julia Bates in memory of their son, who was a student at SMCM. For the support of a foreign study student.

Biology Service Award to recognize academic achievement and service to the biology program.

Board of Trustees Award, provided by the Board of Trustees for distinguished contributions to the College.

Jim and Linda Bodycomb Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by the Bodycombs for high achievers who have financial need, but whose family or personal financial support precludes receipt of need-based aid.

Boeing M.A.T. Scholarship, established in 2006 by The Boeing Company for students in the M.A.T. program who will teach science or math at the secondary level.

Book Prizes: French Embassy Book Award for outstanding achievement; German Embassy Book Award for outstanding achievement; departmental book awards in Chinese and Spanish for outstanding achievement; Department of International Languages and Cultures Book Award for outstanding achievement by a student studying two or more languages.

The Geneva Boone Endowed Award Fund, created by trustee emerita Geneva Boone, who was also instrumental in forming the Foundation.

Boone Endowed Scholarship, established by Neale and Maria Boone in memory of his parents, John Revell and Helen Barrett Boone. For an academically qualified student with financial need.

The Betty W. Briscoe Award, provided by the John Hanson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (Calvert County), to a Calvert County history major.

Jeanne Brocavich Scholarship for outstanding achievement and promise in mathematics or computer science. It was established in memory of a former member of the St. Mary’s mathematics faculty and is given to a rising junior.

F. Elliott Burch, Sr. and Elizabeth B. Burch '27 Fund, established by the Burch family for academically talented students from St. Mary’s County who have financial need. Calculus Prize, for excellence in first-year calculus.

Calvert County Scholarships, established by the County Commissioners and matched by funds from other community donors. For county residents who demonstrate financial need.

Cardozo High School Student Scholarships, for academically talented students from this Washington, D.C. high school who have financial need.

Ethel S. Chance Award, for significant contribution to student life through dedication to and participation in student organizations.

Charles County Scholarship, established by the Charles County Commissioners and matched with funds from other community donors. For county residents who demonstrate financial need.

China Study Program Fund, established in 2007 by Richard C. and Sue K. Hu in honor of Yichun "Lucy" Liu. Supports St. Mary's students who study abroad at Fudan University or those who participate in the Shanghai Internship Program.

Christine C. Cihlar Memorial Music Scholarship, established by Fred Rippy in memory of his wife, who was public affairs director at St. Mary’s. Awarded to a music student with financial need.

The Class of 1957 Endowed Scholarship Fund, established in 2007, provides annual scholarship support for a student who has meritorious achievement, financial need, and demonstrated involvement in service to the school, church, or home community.

Club Leader of the Year: Unsung Hero Award given to a student who has worked unselfishly for the betterment of the campus community.

Club of the Year Award is given to the club/organization that has demonstrated excellence in carrying out the mission of its charter.

Pat Collins Calvert County Scholars Fund Established by Ann Collins in memory of her husband, for students from Calvert County who show academic merit and financial need.

The Colonial Dames of America, Chapter 1, of Baltimore Award provides a summer grant for a St. Mary’s student to the Summer Archaeology Field School at Historic St. Mary’s City.

The Colton History Award, provided by the Major William Thomas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (St. Mary’s County), in memory of Ophelia Biscoe Colton ’27, to a deserving history student.

Community Service Award, provided by the Board of Trustees, to a student who has reached out beyond the College to make a difference in the lives of people in the local community.

Coopersmith Leadership Award, provided by Jack and Esther Coopersmith, to a senior for campus political leadership.

Vicky Ann Daniels Memorial Scholarship, established by the Daniels family in memory of their daughter, a student who was killed by a drunk driver on her 20th birthday.

Dallas P. Dean Teacher Education Award, established by Dallas Plugge Dean ’60, to recognize a student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Department Award in anthropology.

Department Award for distinguished achievement and excellence in biochemistry.

Department Award in economics.

Department Award for excellence in biology.

Department Award for excellence in chemistry and biochemistry.

Department Award for excellence in mathematics and computer science.

Department Award for excellence in physics.

Department Award in political science.

Department Award in public policy.

Department Award in sociology.

Department Merit Award, given occasionally to a graduating senior to recognize superior academic work and a strong commitment to pursue a career in a specific professional field. Margaret Eagle Dixon Award in Literature, given by Adele Dixon Tomey ’39JC, in memory of her mother, a 1904 St. Mary’s graduate.

Economics Faculty Award for academic excellence and contribution to the discipline. English Department Award for scholarship.

The William F. Everhart Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2007 by his parents, in memory of Bill, who was an art major at St. Mary’s. Awarded to a student who will major in studio art and has financial need.

Faculty Scholarship Award, provided by the St. Mary’s College faculty, to deserving students of academic promise.

Raymond J. Faulstich, Jr. Scholar, established by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners to recognize an outstanding student from the county who has financial need.

First-year Student Award, for outstanding contributions to student life.

Marvin C. Franzen Endowed Scholarship, established by the Franzen family for a student from St. Mary’s County who has financial need.

Alexander Fraser Memorial Award, established by the Fraser family for a student who has financial need.

Josette Marie Gandara Memorial Award, established by Raul and Janet Gandara in memory of their daughter who died just prior to graduating from Chopticon High School. Awarded to an incoming student from Chopticon.

Gandhi-King Award, established in honor of Professor Emeritus Henry Rosemont.

The Amanda Leigh Gerek Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by the Gerek family in memory of their daughter, who was a student at Great Mills High School. Awarded to a student from this school who has financial need.

General Scholarship Endowment for academically talented students who show financial need.

Gentlemen's Club Alumni Award, to a graduating senior who exemplifies the ideals of the alumni group.

Carol A.B. Giesen Scholarship Fund for Re-entry Students, established in 2006 to recognize an outstanding student who is 28 years or older with at least 32 credit-hours earned at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Michael S. Glaser Writing Award, given annually to a gifted and dedicated writer who has worked to hone his or her craft during his or her time at St. Mary’s, and shows exceptional promise for future achievement.

The Robert H. Goldsmith Award for Excellence in Chemistry, named in honor of Robert H. Goldsmith, professor emeritus in chemistry, to recognize distinguished academic achievement and excellence in chemistry.

The Gough-Broun Scholarship Fund, established by Joseph Marion Gough, Jr. for academically talented students from St. Mary’s Ryken High School who have financial need.

Norman M. and Eleanor H. Gross Scholarship Fund, established by an estate gift for students who have financial need.

Eleanor Digges Harrington Endowed Scholarship, a former chairman of the board of trustees, this award was established in her memory by St. Mary’s President Emeritus Edward T. Lewis.

Human Services Award, established in 1993 to recognize a junior or senior psychology or human studies major who demonstrates outstanding potential as a practitioner in human services.

Human Studies Major Award, established in 2003 to recognize a student majoring in human studies who has demonstrated a superior understanding of the themes and methods of human studies as evidenced by the quality of the student's work in courses in the major and in any experiences such as field studies or internships.

Nannie I'Anson Memorial Scholarship, established by an estate gift from Nannie I’Anson and in memory of her grandmother, Anne I’Anson, a student and teacher at the original St. Mary’s Female Seminary in the mid-19th century.

Jonathan Ingersoll Endowed Scholarship Fund for Art Majors, established by family and friends in honor of this former professor, first director of the Boyden Gallery, and driving force behind establishing a permanent art collection at the College.

William James Prize, established in 1986 to recognize a superior understanding and expression of philosophical discourse.

Margaret E. Keen Award, provided by the St. Mary’s Chapter, American Association of University Women, to a senior woman who personifies the purpose of the AAUW: commitment to life-long learning, the advancement of women, and responsibility to society.

The Mattie M. Key Award in mathematics, provided by a bequest from Mattie M. Key.

The Arthur E., Jr. and Hilda Combs Landers Endowed Scholarship Fund, established by Arthur and Hilda Combs Landers through an estate gift, to award outstanding all-around students in academics and demeanor.

The Lee Family Fund for the Hampton Davey Award, established by trustee E. Brooke Lee, in memory of long-time faculty member Hampton “Red” Davey, to recognize an outstanding senior majoring in political science.

Edward T. Lewis Poetry Award, in honor of the 10-year anniversary of Edward T. Lewis’s presidency at St. Mary’s College, was established in 1993 by the Alumni Association to recognize a promising young poet.

The Loats Foundation Scholarship, awarded to a student from Frederick County, Maryland, who has financial need.

Margaret B. Marlay Award for English or History, established by Mike and Maggie Marlay and granted to gifted students for their work on a St. Mary’s Project in English or history. Myron Marlay Award for Science, established by Mike and Maggie Marlay and granted to gifted students for their work on a St. Mary’s Project in biology, natural science, chemistry, physics, math, or psychology.

Maryland Bank & Trust Scholarship Fund in Memory of John T. Daugherty, for students from St. Mary’s or Charles counties who need financial aid in order to attend full-time.

Maryland National Scholars Endowment Program, established in 1989 to provide scholarship support based on financial need and academic merit.

Maryland State Society Daughter of the American Revolution Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund that provides a one-time scholarship award to a full-time student who has financial need. Selection made by application to the society.

The Ann F. Matukaitis Memorial Award for Human Services, established by Lauren Matukaitis Broyles ’95 and her husband, John, in memory of Lauren’s mother, who died from complications associated with metastatic breast cancer. Awarded to a junior or senior student with demonstrated community service activities and majoring in psychology, human development, or sociology.

Frank McCutcheon Award, established in 1991 by Janet McCutcheon in memory of her husband, Frank ’89, to recognize a junior or senior art student who demonstrates promise as an artist.

The Mendel Award in Biology for Outstanding Achievement in the Second year, established in 2003 to recognize a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and achievement in genetics and also ecology and evolution.

Aurine Boyden Morsell Endowment, established in memory of “Reenie” Morsell, a former College trustee, member of the Foundation board of directors, and donor of the Boyden Art Gallery.

Philip J. Mudd, Jr. Archeology Scholarship, established by Phil Mudd ’83 to award a grant to a student attending the Summer Field School program at Historic St. Mary’s City.

Neuroscience Award, Given to a graduating senior with a minor (or student-designed major) in the neurosciences, who demonstrates superior depth of understanding, critical thinking, and research and communication skills in the field of neuroscience, and participation over and above what is expected in the College’s neurosciences program.

Ho Nguyen Scholarship for Study in Asia, established by Professor Don Stabile to honor Professor Nguyen’s many years of dedication to the students of St. Mary’s. Its purpose is to enable St. Mary’s students to continue their education through a study-abroad experience in Asia.

Michael P. O'Brien Endowed Scholarship, established by alumnus Mike O’Brien ’68 for a student from St. Mary’s County who is academically talented and has financial need.

Thomas F. O'Brien Fund for International Education, established by Maggie O’Brien and Jim Grube to support study-abroad opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Outstanding Achievement in “Principles of Biology,” established in 2003 to recognize a student who has demonstrated academic excellence and achievement in “Principles of Biology.”

Natalie and Ben Parran Award, established in 1980 by Toni Collery Steedly ,80 and Benjamin Parran, Jr. in memory of their daughter and their son, to recognize a deserving teacher-education candidate devoted to helping young people.

The Nicholas Talarico Paskowsky Memorial Award in International Education, established in 2005 by the Paskowsky family to assist students with study-abroad expenses in a Spanish-speaking country.

Chester A. and Mary R. Personette Endowed Scholarship Fund, created by the Personette children in memory of their parents. Provides support for a student from Maryland, preferably from Calvert, Charles, or St. Mary’s counties, who demonstrates financial need and may major in mathematics or the sciences.

John R. Petruccelli Memorial Award, provided by a special fund established within the College Foundation, to a student for academic attainment, devotion to the College and the cause of education, and responsibility to society.

Post-Graduate Scholarship, for graduating seniors or alumni who plan to enter a post-graduate program in the United States or abroad. Interested students must submit an application to the Alumni Association.

Psychology Major Award, established in 2003 to recognize a psychology major who demonstrates superior understanding of the themes and methods of the discipline.

The Alison Quinn Award in history, provided by a gift from David Beers Quinn, to encourage students to maintain an interest in history and to specialize in the subject.

David Beers Quinn Award in history, in honor of a distinguished former faculty member.

Religious Studies Award, established in 1993 to recognize a student who demonstrates a superior understanding of the themes and methods of religious studies.

Deak Reynolds Scholarship in Economics, established by the Reynolds and awarded to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in economics.

Elizabeth Reynolds Scholarship in Environmental Studies, established in 2006, to recognize an outstanding junior or senior enrolled in the environmental studies cross-disciplinary study area.

The Rhoda-Stark Memorial Award in Gender Studies, established in 2001 to recognize a single student who has demonstrated excellence in any one of the following areas: in the research and writing on gay, lesbian, or gender issues; in activism on or off-campus on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered communities; or in the performing arts, culminating in the public performance of a work that addresses gay, lesbian, or gender issues.

Maxwell B. Roberts Music Scholarship Fund, established by John Roberts and Karen Horton for academically talented students participating in the music program who have financial need.

The Rhoda K. Roberts Memorial Scholarship in the Vocal Arts, established by John Roberts and Karen Horton for a Baltimore City student who exhibits strength and promise in the vocal arts and has financial need.

Joyce Cliff-Romano Award, for the student who has exhibited exceptional leadership on campus.

David and Virginia Rosenbaum Prize for Excellence in Journalism, established by family and friends in memory of two distinguished journalists and awarded for excellence in journalism.

Joseph B. Ross, Jr. Award for achievement in art history and art studio (named in memory of a former St. Mary’s College art professor).

The William Thomas Rowe Endowed Art Scholarship, established by Nancie Rowe Lumpkins, Mary Jane Rowe, and Suzanne Rowe Wilson in memory of their father and by friends of this beloved St. Mary’s professor and mentor. For a student of junior or senior status majoring in art who demonstrates proficiency in realism.

May Russell Historical Achievement Award, established in 1978 by the St. Mary’s County Historical Society, to foster interest in Maryland history in memory of former College president May Russell.

May Russell Scholarship, established in memory of former College President May Russell, to recognize a student’s personal qualities and academic merit.

St. Mary's County Scholarship, established by the St. Mary’s County Commissioners and matched with funds from community donors. For St. Mary’s County students who have financial need.

St. Mary's County Garden Club Scholarship Fund, established in 2005 by the St. Mary’s County Garden Club to recognize a student enrolled in the Environmental Studies Program.

St. Mary's County Health Department Scholarship Fund, established in 2006 by the St. Mary’s County Health Department to support juniors or seniors pursuing a career in a health-related field.

William Donald Schaefer Scholars Program, established in the former governor’s honor. Internships are awarded to students who wish to pursue a career in government service.

B. Jonathan Sekula Memorial Award in Psychology Fund, to recognize achievement in the major by a graduating senior who intends to pursue an advanced degree in psychology.

Senior Award in Computer Science

Senior Award in Mathematics

SMECO Scholarship, for students from Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties who are academically talented and have financial need.

Joshua L. Siegert Memorial Scholarship for Future Educators Fund, established by Mike and Maryanne Siegert in memory of their son. Awarded to students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program at St. Mary’s.

Lucy F. Spedden Scholarship, an estate gift from Lucy Spedden, Class of 1916. For students who show financial need.

Garry Wheeler Stone Award, established to honor a graduating senior who has made distinctive contributions to archaeology research for Historic St. Mary’s City.

James D. and Jane S. Stone Fund, established by the Stones for academically talented students with financial need.

Student Government Association Award for Student Service.

Student of Excellence Scholarship Fund, established by the student leadership of the Black Student Union for a first-year student with meritorious achievement in high school, good recommendations, and financial need.

The Martin E. Sullivan Museum Scholars Program. was established in 2009 in honor of Martin E. Sullivan, who previously served as the director of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission from 1999 until 2008. Sullivan is a nationally recognized museum professional and is currently director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

The Sullivan Scholars program recognizes students of exceptional promise by providing opportunities to explore the field of museum studies in a museum setting. Sullivan Scholars are eligible for paid internships and other stipends. In addition, Sullivan Scholars program brings prominent museum professionals to St. Mary’s for a variety of special programs serving museum studies minors, the college community, and the larger southern Maryland community.

Rising second-, third-, and fourth-year students are invited on an annual basis to apply to the program. Applicants must have completed “Introduction to Museum Studies” (MUST 200), be a declared Museum Studies minor, and meet certain other academic requirements, including maintenance of a GPA of at least 3.5.

Successful applicants will be placed in museum settings at the local, regional, or global level, including at Historic St. Mary’s City and the College’s Dwight Frederic Boyden Gallery. The Museum Studies Program will maintain a list of appropriate museums for placement, although the expectation is that, given the College’s academic requirements, most students will select HSMC or the Boyden Gallery as their preferred site. On-the-job training and evaluation will occur during the student’s time of service, and may include field trips and research assignments. Anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, history, historic preservation, and science are natural areas of emphasis.

For more information on the Sullivan Scholars program, contact the Museum Studies program coordinator.

Steve Szabo Award, established in 2007 in memory of a beloved friend and mentor. Awarded to a junior or senior art/art history major who demonstrates achievement in studio artwork and academic excellence in art history and theory.

Francis E. and Loretta A. Taylor Endowed Scholarship, established by the Taylors for students from St. Mary’s Ryken High School with both a desire to excel and financial need.

William Edward Tull Scholarship, established by an estate gift from William Tull for academically talented students with financial need.

Nick & Maria Vaccaro Scholarship Fund, established by the Vaccaros for a high-achieving student pursing a degree in economics.

The Vasari Prize, a book prize to recognize accomplishment in art history.

The Thomas Vollman Memorial Study Abroad Award, established in 1990 by Technical Consulting, Inc., to assist students with study-abroad expenses.

The Charlotte Ledley Wallace Endowed Scholarship Fund, named in honor of a dedicated St. Mary’s County teacher. Awarded to an outstanding student who plans to teach following graduation from St. Mary’s.

Waring Scholarship Endowment Fund, established by Tom Waring, trustee emeritus, for students with financial need.

The H. Thomas Waring World Fund, established by Tom Waring to support the current student-teacher program in The Republic of The Gambia.

Margaret Floy Washburn Award, established in 1990 to recognize a junior or senior psychology major exemplifying superior understanding of research and experimentation in psychology.

Weitzel Scholars Fund, established by Harry Weitzel, trustee emeritus, to support undergraduate summer research in the sciences.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Award for Scholarship and Social Responsibility, established in 2006 by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in both scholarly works and socially responsible pursuits.

Wilhelm Wundt Award, established in 2003 to recognize a student's excellence in quantitative and methodological course work in psychology.

Tommy Yeager Scholarship, established by Martha Myers Yeager ’41JC in memory of her husband for students from the Baltimore area who are academically talented and show financial need.

Lisa Zsebedics Award, established in 1985 in memory of a former student, to recognize an outstanding first-year student or sophomore committed to studying psychological processes.