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Penn State Awards Recognition


Student Awards

Undergraduate and graduate students achieving academic excellence at The Pennsylvania State University are recognized annually, as are a number of faculty and staff members who excel in their professions. Although the ceremony names and the number of students and faculty/staff members honored have changed throughout the years, the tradition is longstanding.

Undergraduate Scholastic Awards

  • The President's Freshman Award
  • The President Sparks Award
  • The Evan Pugh Scholar Award - Junior & Senior

Student Achievement Awards

  • The Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award
  • The Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award
  • The Eric A. Walker Award
  • The John W. Oswald Award
  • The Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award
  • The W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award - Undergraduate

The Graduate School

  • The Graduate Student Service Award
  • The W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Graduate Award - Graduate
  • Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards

For more information about these awards, please go to our FAQs page.


Frequently Asked Questions


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