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  • Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

    The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, given in the form of a medal, is awarded based on characteristics of "heart, mind and helpfulness to others." The award is presented at Commencement to a man and woman from the student body and a person who has a close working relationship with William & Mary…
  • Alumni Medallion

    The Alumni Medallion is awarded to distinguished alumni each Charter Day at William & Mary. The Alumni Medallion was first awarded by the Alumni Association in 1934.
  • Awards and Honors

    Timeline and references for the the creation of various awards and honors, as well as the recipients of those awards.
  • Botetourt Medal

    The Botetourt Medal was the second academic prize medal awarded in the colonies and the first to be stamped from dies created at the Royal mint in 1771. Lord Botetourt's intention to give the two gold medals as prizes to the two best students at William & Mary, one student in Classics and one…
  • Charles Joseph Duke, Jr., and Virginia Welton Duke Award

    Established in 1997, the Charles Joseph Duke, Jr., and Virginia Welton Duke Award is awarded annually to an outstanding employee of William & Mary or one contracted to provide auxiliary services to the College. The recipient is selected on a College-wide basis by a committee appointed by the…
  • Cheek Medal

    In 1986, Leslie Cheek, Jr., created an endowment at William & Mary to establish a national award for outstanding presentation of the arts. The Cheek Medal is bestowed to a person who has substantially contributed to the field of museum, performing, or visual arts.1 The award is given every few…
  • Ferguson Seminar in Publishing

    The Ferguson Seminar in Publishing at William & Mary is a program of the Career Center. The first Ferguson Seminar was in October 1970 and it was an annual seminar up through 1972. Beginning in 1973, it became a biennial seminar. Contents
  • Heritage Fellow

    The Heritage Fellow award at William & Mary recognized faculty excellence in teaching. It was established during the administration of President Davis Y. Paschall.
  • Honorary degree recipients

    Honorary degrees are typically awarded by William & Mary at Charter Day and Commencement ceremonies as well as other special events to distinguished individuals. Currently, there are usually multiple honorary degree recipients at Charter Day (CD) and Commencement (C). The tradition was begun in…
  • Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellowship in American Politics

    The Hunter B. Andrews Distinguished Fellowship in American Politics is used each year by William & Mary to host journalists, scholars, and politicians to meet with and teach students for up to one week. Created in 1998, the fellowship is named after Hunter B. Andrews, a William & Mary alum…
  • James Frederic Carr Memorial Cup

    The James Frederic Carr Memorial Cup is given to the graduating senior who best combines the qualities of character, scholarship and leadership. It was established as a memorial to James Frederic Carr, a former student of William & Mary who lost his life in World War I. The award is given out…
  • James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership

    The James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership is awarded on Charter Day at William & Mary. The award is given each year to a William & Mary student who best demostrates sustained leadership of an unusual quality - leadership combined with initiative, character, and an unfailing commitment to…
  • Lord Botetourt Award

    The Lord Botetourt Award, begun in 1997, is presented to individuals or institutions that embody the spirit of Norborne Botetourt, Baron de Berkeley, a colonial governor of Virginia as well as rector and a friend of William & Mary. It is given to non-alumni who have contributed to the college's…
  • Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships

    The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowships are awarded each year to three undergraduate students from across the country in positions with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris. The fellowship was created to inspire young people to pursue…
  • Prentis Award

    The Prentis Award is given each year to recognize those individuals in the Williamsburg community for their strong civic involvement and support of William & Mary. The award is named after William Prentis, an Eighteenth Century business-owner whose ordinary on Duke of Gloucester Street in…
  • Shirley Aceto Award

    Established in 2010, the Shirley Aceto Award is awarded annually at William & Mary "to a member of the instructional or professional faculty "who demonstrates most fully a commitment to excellence in service for the common good." Established in 2010, the award is named for Shirley Aceto, whose…
  • St. George Tucker Award

    The St. George Tucker Award, created in 1995, is given each year to a member of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law adjunct faculty for outstanding service.
  • Thatcher Prize

    The Thatcher Prize For Excellence in Graduate and Professional Study was created in honor of Margaret, The Lady Thatcher, the 21st Chancellor of William & Mary. The award is presented annually to recognize an outstanding student in graduate or professional study. The winner is selected on the…
  • Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award

    The Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr. Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching is presented annually to the William & Mary professor that displays a strong commitment to the education of students and service to William & Mary. The award is named after Thomas Ashley Graves, Jr., the 23rd president…
  • Thomas Jefferson Award

    The Thomas Jefferson Award is awarded at William & Mary's Charter Day. The award is given each year to a member of the William & Mary family for significant service through their personal activities, influence, and leadership.
  • Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy

    The Thomas Jefferson Prize in Natural Philosophy is awarded at William & Mary's Charter Day. The faculty presents the award to a deserving undergraduate student. The prize has been endowed by the trustees of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation of Charlottesville, Virginia. The prize…
  • Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award

    The Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award is awarded at William & Mary's Charter Day, and is a tribute to several members of the faculty who influenced and encouraged Thomas Jefferson. The award is intended to recognize today's teachers on the faculty. It is made annually to a younger teaching member…
  • Tiberius Gracchus Jones Prize

    Tiberius Gracchus Jones Prize Material in the Special Collections Research Center Guide for conducting research related to the College of William & Mary References in the The Flat Hat, William & Mary News, and Alumni Gazette:

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This website contains the best available information from known sources at the time it was written. Unfortunately, many of the early original records of William & Mary were destroyed by fires, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information in this website is not complete, and it changes as we continue to research and uncover new sources.