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Penn State Awards Recognition

 

Undergraduate Scholastic Awards

Student Awards Ceremony

Undergraduates achieving academic excellence at The Pennsylvania State University are recognized annually. Although the ceremony name and number of students honored have changed throughout the years, the tradition is longstanding. Many of the awards have their beginnings in the early part of this century. The Undergraduate scholastic awards are named after former presidents of the University. The recipients of these awards receive and honorary medallion.

The President's Freshman Award

This award is presented annually to undergraduate degree candidates and provisional students who have earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative grade-point average based on at least 12 graded Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Candidates are eligible for this award if they have not exceeded 35 total credits earned. (CEEB advanced placement credits are not counted in the total credits earned for purposes of this award.)

During the presidency of Eric A. Walker (1956-1970), and with the approval of the Board of Trustees, the number of awards was increased and in 1960, the President's Freshman Award was established.

The President Sparks Award

This award is presented annually to those undergraduate degree candidates who have earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative grade point average based on at least 36 graded Penn State credits completed by the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Candidates are eligible for this award if they have not exceeded 59 total credits earned. (CEEB advanced placement credits are not counted in the total credits earned for purposes of this award.)

In 1919 the President Sparks Medal was awarded to one student attaining the highest average. Edwin Erle Sparks was president from 1908 to 1920.

The Evan Pugh Scholar Award - Juniors and Seniors

The Evan Pugh scholars are those juniors and seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes at the end of the fall semester of the academic year the award is given. Candidates are eligible if they have been full-time undergraduate students for at least four semesters prior to selection. The juniors this year have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.99 and above. The seniors this year have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.98 and above.

The Evan Pugh Scholar Awards began in 1933 and were given to the top five persons in both the junior and senior classes. The award is named for Evan Pugh, Penn State's first president (1859-1864).

Contact

University Relations | Department of Campus and Community Affairs | Barbara Meeker (Director)
243 Ritenour Bldg. | University Park PA 16802 | (814) 863-1030 | Fax: (814) 867-3662

*Concerns with regards to the awards listed above, please contact: The University Registrar | (814) 863-1930