Prizes and Awards
A wide range of prizes and awards recognizes outstanding achievement by students. Award recipients must comply with rigorous merit criteria and demonstrate strong potential for future success.
Ralston Thompson and Wittenberg Guild Awards
These monetary awards are given by the art faculty in recognition of outstanding work within the Art Department.
The Carl Schraibman Higher Education Scholarship Award
An anonymous gift in 1999 created this award to recognize Dr. Carl Schraibman and the value he placed on the educational experience and the importance of advancing oneself through post-graduate education. The recipient must be a student-athlete who has been accepted into a graduate program and exemplifies the ideals of Wittenberg.
Biology Faculty Award
This award is given to the sophomore, junior and senior biology majors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the study of biology.
Emmet Bodenberg Award
Given to the outstanding environmental biology junior or senior biology major.
Health Careers Award
Given to the outstanding senior major intending to continue study in the health-related fields.
Waldo Nelson Research Award
Given to the biology student submitting the best proposal for summer research.
Marga Smith Award
Given to the upperclass biology major in recognition of excellence in scholarship and devoted service to the department.
This award is given annually to one or two students voted by the Tri-Beta Honorary as the outstanding biology major(s) in the senior class.
Outstanding Performance in General Chemistry
Two awards are presented annually for outstanding performance in general chemistry. Each award recipient receives the current edition of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
Outstanding Performance in Organic Chemistry
The award is given for outstanding performance in organic chemistry. The honored student receives the current edition of the Merck Index.
American Chemical Society Award in Analytical Chemistry
The award is given for outstanding performance in the analytical chemistry course. An 18-month subscription to the Journal of Analytical Chemistry accompanies the award.
Paul K. Glasoe Endowment Award for Chemical Research
This award, in honor of Professor Emeritus Paul K. Glasoe, is a stipend to support a chemistry major performing summer research at Wittenberg under the direction of a chemistry faculty member.
James T. Gregory Award
The award is given to the junior or senior chemistry student most likely to succeed in chemical research.
American Chemical Society-Dayton Section Award
This award recognizing an outstanding junior chemistry student provides a $300 stipend.
Chemistry Faculty Award for the Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major
The award will recognize the outstanding senior, as determined by the department of chemistry faculty, with a cash prize.
East Asian Studies
Shigeharu Matsumoto Award
This award, given to the outstanding senior in East Asian Studies, recognizes superior academic performance and outstanding community service. The award honors Shigeharu Matsumoto for his leadership in the development of peaceful relations among the United States, Japan and China.
Language Study Award
The award is given to the outstanding upperclass students of the Chinese and Japanese languages.
Barbara Steel Kane Memorial Award
Through this award, the Education Department acknowledges a senior student’s demonstration of excellence in the teacher education program and of service to the teaching profession. The award was established in memory of Barbara Steel Kane, a 1978 Wittenberg graduate who majored in elementary education and psychology and who died in an airplane crash in September, 1978.
Virginia H. Lucas Silver Apple Award
This award celebrates the personal and professional contributions of Professor Emerita Virginia. H. Lucas, an alumna of Wittenberg and a member of the education faculty from 1973 to 1992. This award is presented to a junior education student who exemplifies both personal and professional commitment to student-centered learning.
The Excellence in Literary Studies Award.
The Excellence in Literary Studies Award was inagurated in 2000 to recognize the senior English major whose literary scholarship best exemplifies subtle thinking, elegant writing and scholarly promise.
The John W. Ostrom Awards for Expository Writing.
The four John W. Ostrom Awards, worth $200 each, are given annually for improvement and excellence in expository writing to first-year, sophomore, junior and senior students. John W. Ostrom, a late professor emeritus, was internationally known for his edition of the letters of Edgar Allan Poe and his widely adopted Better Paragraphs and Short Themes.
The Lester C. Crowl Creativity Award
The English Department Creativity Award was renamed the Lester C. Crowl Creativity Award in honor of the director of development at Wittenberg from 1965-1972. The $200 award is given to the junior or senior English major who submits the best portfolio of creative work.
The Allen J. Koppenhaver Prize
Established in 1993, The Allen J. Koppenhaver Prize, funded by friends and colleagues to memorialize the late professor of English, is awarded annually to the senior English major who best represents the qualities epitomized by Dr. Koppenhaver: a keen intellect and a multifaceted creativity that produced superior teaching and scholarship.
Creative Writing Awards
The English Department awards the $100 Sherwood Anderson Award in fiction, a $100 award in poetry, a $100 award in drama and a $100 award in creative nonfiction.
Martin E. Johnson Award
Through a fund established to honor the late Dr. Martin E. Johnson, associate professor of geography, an annual award is made to the junior geography major with the highest grade point average.
Floyd R. Nave Award
This endowed award, given to an outstanding geology major pursuing geologic research, recognizes and honors the diverse contributions of this department’s founder.
Thomas A. Gerrard Award
This endowment honors a former department chair, professor and consummate teacher, by supporting field experience for geology majors.
ATO-Paul F. Bloomhardt Award
Through a fund established to honor Dr. Paul F. Bloomhardt, professor of history and biography from 1925 until his retirement in 1956, an award is made each year to an outstanding junior majoring in history.
Margaret S. Ermarth Award
Through the fund established to honor Dr. Margaret S. Ermarth, professor of history from 1953 until her retirement in 1974, an annual award is made to an outstanding senior majoring in history.
Martha and Robert G. Hartje Award
This award is given to a senior who has taken at least six courses in history, who recognizes history as a part of a basic philosophy of life, and who has demonstrated skill in the writing of narrative history.
Kurt J. Fickert Award
This award is presented to an outstanding junior or senior majoring in foreign languages and literatures who possesses those qualities exemplified by Professor Fickert during his more than 30 years of service to the university: an understanding of and commitment to the humanistic values fostered by an education in the liberal arts, a lively interest in intellectual endeavor and achievement, and plans for a career that will enrich the lives of others.
Financial Executives Institute Award
This award is given to the graduating management student with a concentration in finance for academic achievement and career promise. The Columbus Chapter of the Financial Executives Institute provides an engraved medallion and a permanent plaque.
Tau Pi Phi Award
The Tau Pi Phi Award is given to the graduating management major who combines the highest academic achievement and significant contributions to the university. The department provides a permanent plaque.
Wall Street Journal Award
This award recognizes the graduating management major with the greatest potential for career success. Dow Jones and Company provides a one-year subscription to The Wall Street Journal, a medallion and a permanent plaque.
The Dr. Woodrow Wilson Prize for Excellence in Management
The widow and children of Dr. Woodrow Wilson, professor emeritus of business administration, created this honor in 1994 to give annual financial awards to student(s) who major and excel in management. The selected student(s) receive a cash prize.
Mathematics and Computer Science
Norman E. Dodson Award
This award was established by Richard A. Little to honor Norman E. Dodson, associate professor emeritus of mathematics, a member of the Wittenberg University mathematics faculty from 1957 to 1975. The award is given annually for excellence in preparing to teach mathematics or computer science. Seniors are eligible.
Paul Hessler Award
This award was established in memory of Associate Professor Paul Hessler, a member of the Wittenberg mathematics faculty from 1969 to 1978. The award is given annually for outstanding achievement in mathematics or computer science. Juniors and seniors are eligible.
Charles and Elsie Little Fund
This award was established by Richard A. Little to honor his parents. The income from this fund is used to reward worthy achievement in mathematics and computer science, and is given to students majoring in mathematics or computer science.
Sophomore Textbook Awards
These awards are given annually to sophomores majoring in mathematics or computer science in recognition of outstanding work during their first two years at Wittenberg. The award provides a $100 credit toward the purchase of mathematics or computer science textbooks during the junior year.
Computer Science 250 Award
This award is given annually to the outstanding first-year student in the introductory computer science sequence, Computer Science 150 and 250.
Mathematics 202 Award
This award is given annually to the outstanding first-year student in the introductory calculus sequence, Mathematics 201 and 202.
Elmer Blackmer Award
This award was established in memory of Professor Elmer Blackmer (1962- 1974) and is presented to the music student who has shown outstanding achievement in music theory and music skills.
Jan Bender Memorial Award
This award was established in memory of Professor Jan Bender (1965- 1975) and is awarded to the senior whose performance both academically and musically has been excellent and whose contributions to the department of music have been outstanding.
The Remsberg/Klive Award
Established in honor of Robert G. Remsberg (professor of philosophy 1940-1975) and Visvaldis V. Klive (professor of philosophy 1966-1994), this recognition is given to the outstanding senior philosophy major and includes a book award.
The Weaver Prize in Physics provides a $200 award to the junior student who shows the greatest promise for a career in physics.
Arthur L. Lutz Award
The Arthur L. Lutz Award provides $200 to a junior physics major who shows promise for a career in secondary physics education.
Joe H. Bindley Scholarship
The Joe H. Bindley Scholarship, named for an emeritus professor of political science who is founding chair of the modern-day Political Science Department, recognizes an outstanding junior or senior political science major who has at least a 3.3 grade-point average, who demonstrates active leadership in the campus community, and who intends to pursue a course of study leading to law school, or who demonstrates an interest in American politics.
Jeffrey Y. Mao Award
The Jeffrey Y. Mao Award, named for an emeritus professor of political science, is given in recognition of outstanding scholarship in the discipline by a political science major who has attained junior status. The award acknowledges achievement in the liberal arts, service to the political science department and the university, and promise of significant contribution to society.
Award for Professional Potential
The Award for Professional Potential honors a senior student in psychology who has demonstrated the potential to make a significant professional contribution.
Bethlehem Steel Award
The Bethlehem Steel Award recognizes an outstanding senior student in psychology for academic achievement and unique contributions to the psychology program.
Virgil E. Rahn Memorial Award
The Virgil E. Rahn Memorial Award honors an outstanding junior student in psychology for superior work in the discipline and promise as a future psychologist.
David Hartman Award
Each year a $150 prize is awarded to the outstanding senior in the religion department. The award, given in memory of David Hartman, associate professor of religion, is based on academic performance, ability of the student to relate the study of religion to the liberal arts, and the student’s contribution to the religion department and its program.
Russian Area Studies
The Russian Studies Award in Excellence
This award honors the outstanding graduating senior major in Russian Area Studies who shows promise of continuing involvement in the field and who possesses superior leadership skills.
T. Edwin Boling Sociology Scholarship Award
Named in honor of the late T. Edwin Boling, who was a member of the department of sociology for 27 years, this award is given to the outstanding senior sociology major who shows strong promise as a practitioner of the discipline.
The Women’s Studies Writing award, sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program, is presented for outstanding writing in any area of Women’s Studies.
GENERAL PRIZES AND AWARDS
This is the highest honor bestowed upon a woman at Wittenberg. Students, faculty or staff members may nominate a junior woman. A special screening committee selects five nominations for final consideration. A campus-wide election determines which nominee is selected to represent Wittenberg. The Alma Mater must possess depth of character and show consistent leadership, service and concern for the college community.
This is the highest honor bestowed upon a male at Wittenberg. Students, faculty members, and staff may nominate a junior male. A special screening committee selects five nominations for final consideration. A campus-wide election determines which nominee is selected to represent Wittenberg. The Alma Lux must process depth of character and show consistent leadership, service, and concern for the college community. This award was instituted in 2003.
Broadwell Chinn Endowed Achievement Award
This award was endowed by Dr. George D. and Gertrude Holmes Wilson ’24, in memory of Mr. Broadwell Chinn, the first African-American student at Wittenberg. The fund annually provides a monetary award to the African-American junior student with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
Heimtraut Dietrich Award
This award, established in 1981, is in remembrance of Heimtraut Dietrich, who served Wittenberg as administrator and teacher through her commitment to excellence and a caring for others, attributes that found their source in her steadfast Christian faith. It is presented to the student who best exemplifies the dedication to serve and assist others through a commitment of faith.
M. Alice Geiger Award
This award was instituted in 1974 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women at Wittenberg. The award recognizes a senior woman for a specific, outstanding contribution to the performing or literary arts, athletics, extracurricular leadership, new programming, special academic pursuit, or special representation. The student’s contribution may have been made at any time during her college career.
Global Awareness Award
This award, established in 1992, recognizes a graduating senior whose varied activities have contributed significantly to international understanding.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Award
This award, instituted in 1981, recognizes two outstanding African- American seniors, a man and a woman, who have been positive examples to members of the African-American community and the University during their college careers. Consideration is given to those students who have pursued a challenging course of study, exhibited upstanding character in and outside the classroom, displayed leadership, good citizenship, and an orientation toward service to others, and exhibited a positive attitude toward higher education in general and an interest in furthering the ideal of African-American achievement at Wittenberg.
John F. Mitchell Award
This award, named for the first valedictorian at Wittenberg, was instituted in 1979. It recognizes a senior man who represents the liberal arts tradition: a highly respected, good student who is a positive force in academic, cultural and social aspects of the campus. He exemplifies an open mind, understanding, reliability and wide range of interests.
Presidential Scholars are the junior students having the 11 top grade-point averages of their class through at least the preceding five semesters.
Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that seeks to recognize and encourage scholarship among first-year women. Selection is based entirely on achieving a 3.5 grade-point average for fall semester of the first year. Tapping, or notification of membership, occurs in the spring semester.
Phi Eta Sigma
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society that seeks to recognize and encourage scholarship among first-year men. Selection is based entirely on achieving a 3.5 grade-point average for fall semester of the first year. Tapping, or notification of membership, occurs in the spring semester.
Ivy Ring is a junior women’s service honorary. Members are chosen in the spring of their sophomore year on the basis of their contributions to the Wittenberg campus and to the community through the quality of their academic work and their participation in extracurricular activities.
Pick and Pen
Pick and Pen is a junior honorary emphasizing leadership, service and scholarship. Members are tapped during the spring semester of their sophomore year.
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society recognizing leadership in scholarship, athletics, university publications, cultural life and student affairs. Members are tapped during the spring semester of their junior year.
Order of Omega
Order of Omega is a national leadership honor society recognizing leaders in fraternities or sororities who exemplify scholarship, leadership and service. Members are tapped in the spring semester of their senior year.
Mortar Board is a national senior honorary recognizing scholarship, leadership and service. Candidates must have a 3.3 grade-point average and excel in both curricular and extracurricular leadership and service to the Wittenberg community. Mortar Board is particularly concerned with advancing the status of women in society.
Phi Beta Kappa
Founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious of the national honor societies. Students are normally elected as seniors or in special cases as juniors. They must be majoring in one of the liberal arts or sciences, have a high grade-point average, have taken a variety of courses across the liberal arts spectrum, and have demonstrated a knowledge of mathematics and a foreign language appropriate to a liberal arts education.
Chi Alpha Sigma
Chi Alpha Sigma is a national college athlete honor society founded in 1996. Members must be of junior class standing, have a 3.4 or higher cumulative grade-point average, be of good moral character, and have earned a letter in a varsity intercollegiate sport.
DEPARTMENTAL HONOR SOCIETIES
SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Wittenberg houses the Eta Sigma chapter of this national honorary society for adult students. Criteria for selection are: adult/non-traditional status, completion of at least 20 semester hours at Wittenberg with at least 50 percent being outside a single discipline, and a cumulative GPA in the top 10 percent of SCE students at this credit level. Induction is held annually.
Excellence in Liberal Studies Award
Eligibility requires a major in liberal studies and completion of at least 44 Wittenberg semester hours, preferably over the most recent three calendar years. The Community Education Committee bestows the award on the student who, in its judgment, most fully embodies high academic achievement and realization of the principles of the liberal studies program. The person selected receives a plaque and a gift that celebrates the student’s connection to the University.