Prize and Award Descriptions


The Achievement Award from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh is made to a junior or senior for excellent performance in the study of chemistry. The student is selected by the chemistry department faculty.

Two Alumni Prizes, consisting of a plaque and $l00 each, are presented by the Alumni Association to members of the senior class recommended by the faculty and chosen by an alumni committee for superiority in character, scholarship, leadership and participation in College activities.

The Byron I. Bitar Memorial Annual Cash Prize for Best Philosophy Paper is awarded by the Philosophy Program to encourage scholarly excellence in philosophy among Geneva College students.

The Catherine Robertson McCartney Prize is a monetary gift given in her memory by the Estate of Mrs. John Robertson McCartney for the best work in Biblical Introduction to the New Testament.

The Center for HOME Missions Service Award is offered to the graduating senior who has exhibited outstanding leadership and initiative in advancing the objectives of the Center for HOME Missions by promoting services addressing the needs of “at-risk” populations and communities.

The Charles N. O'Data Leadership Prize is a cash award given to a graduating senior in recognition of his/her example as a servant-leader in academics, student life and Christian ministry. This prize is in honor of Mr. O'Data's longstanding commitment and faithful service to the vision and mission of Geneva College.

The Charles Spurgeon “Spud” McCracken 1918 Award is presented to a graduating senior football student-athlete who most exemplifies the high standards of character, scholarship, leadership and community service for which Spud was committed.

The Chemical Engineering Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the most outstanding student in chemical engineering, based on grade point average, character and leadership.

The Civil Engineering Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the most outstanding student in civil engineering, based on grade point average, character and leadership.

The Computer Science Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the most outstanding student in computer science, based on grade point average, character and leadership.

The Dr. David M. Carson Award is given in honor of Dr. David Carson, who served Geneva College as professor of political science from 1946 to 1992. The award recognizes Dr. Carson's years of faithful teaching, his role in the establishment of the political science major, and his commitment to excellence, particularly in the area of bringing God's Word to bear on political questions. The award is given at the discretion of the political science department to one or more outstanding political science majors to help defray the cost of the junior and/or senior year.

The Dr. J. Randall Nutter Memorial Award is presented in honor of Dr. J. Randall Nutter to the graduate student who demonstrates the qualities that, as the founder of the MBA program, Dr. Nutter modeled for and expected of his students—academic superiority, commitment to the reformed faith and obedience to our gracious Savior.

The Dr. L. Thomas Keim Memorial Award is given in memory of Dr. L. Thomas Keim to a graduating senior in the business department who has demonstrated integrity, honesty and character in the commitment to a Christian lifestyle.

The Dr. Lawrence M. and Kathryn I. Douglas Scholarship Award is awarded (minimum $200) to a junior education major who exhibits superiority in character, scholarship, leadership, potential as a competent teacher and who through student activities has made worthwhile contribution to the college and the Department of Education.

The Dr. Philip L. Coon Memorial Scholarship was initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Reid and goes to a student majoring in chemistry and about to enter his or her senior year who is noted for academic record and overall worthiness.

The Dr. W. E. Cleland Award is a cash award given by Mary Cleland to the senior mathematics major with the highest credit point average in mathematics for his or her college career. Professor Cleland was chairman of the Department of Mathematics and served as dean of the faculty.

The Eleanor Leighty Library Prize is a cash award given by Mr. Albert J. Miller in memory of Mrs. Eleanor J. Leighty, librarian of Geneva College from 1926 to 1966, to the graduating senior whose outstanding work as a student assistant has enhanced the goals and objectives of the library program.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the most outstanding student in electrical or computer engineering, based on grade point average, character and leadership.

The Environmental Engineering Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the most outstanding student in environmental engineering, based on grade point average, character and leadership.

The Excellence in Business Award is given by the faculty of the Department of Business, Accounting and Management to graduating seniors for “Excellent Academic Performance, Personal Character and Demonstration of Christian Faith.”

The Geneva College Writing Award is given to the person who has done excellent writing in a variety of genres.

The Geri D. Bass Award of $l00 is awarded to a graduating senior who has shown academic excellence, involvement in college activities and service to the local or home community. It is given in honor of Mrs. Bass, associate professor emerita of English.

The Good Citizenship Award, a cash prize, certificate and medal, are given by the General Anthony Wayne Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution to the student in the senior class chosen for patriotic, historical and educational contributions to the community.

The Hartman Chemistry Prize is given in memory of Teresa and G. Kenneth Hartman, by their son, to the most deserving senior chemistry major who plans to enter graduate study.

The Helen Wallace Bruce Memorial Music Scholarship is awarded to a junior majoring or interested in music, with preference given to piano or voice specialties. It is given in memory of Helen Wallace Bruce by the family and friends of her late husband, Dr. Harold Bruce, to show their appreciation of the role she played in making music an enjoyable part of the college, the community, her neighborhood and her church.

The Howard and Hargrave Patterson Award is a cash award made in memory of Howard, who died while a student at Geneva in 1922, and his brother, Hargrave, who graduated in 1924. The award goes to one or more members of the graduating class who have clearly articulated the doctrines and practices of Christian government, with particular regard to the kingship of Christ in the political process.

The Human Service Scholastic Excellence Award is presented to the graduating human service major who has demonstrated academic excellence and a strong commitment to high ideals in the field of human services.

The Iva E. Patterson Music Award is presented for outstanding achievement in the field of music and is available to students in their junior and senior years, without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin. The scholarship is interest from a trust fund established by the late Paul H. Gilmore. Selection of the recipient is made by the faculty of the music department.

The Jack Pinkerton Engineering Design Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the student achieving the most outstanding performance on the capstone design project, exhibited by innovation, discovery, research, initiative, leadership, teamwork, persistence, hard work and outstanding results.

The J. L. McCartney Prize is a monetary gift presented by Professor McCartney's sons for the best work on some assigned topic in the field of science.

The John Lincoln Downie Prize is provided by a trust fund established by the late R. M. Downie in honor of his son, John Lincoln Downie, to the most successful student in oratory.

Jonathan AntonishenAnto” Commencement Award.   This award, presented in memory of Jonathan Antonishen,  is presented to the senior football player who shows compassion and  kindness, strong leadership qualities, a striving for personal achievement, dedication  to the well-being of others, and demonstration of  team  loyalty and work ethic both on and  off  the field.

The Kathleen Riethmuller McIntyre Scholarship Fund is awarded to a junior elementary education major who has achieved academic excellence. Mrs. McIntyre, a 1973 graduate of Geneva College, says to the recipient: “I hope that this scholarship, your training at Geneva College, and your own special gifts and talents will lead you to grow as a teacher and a leader who continually strives for ‘Excellence in Education.’”

The Larry and Margaret Blinn Memorial Award, made from the income on a trust fund given in memory of Larry and Margaret Blinn by her brother, Dr. Ray McQueen ’31, is presented to the graduating senior who has done the best work in the field of American history.

The Leotta C. Hawthorne Reading Award is given annually by the members of the Geneva College Department of Education to an elementary education major who has had outstanding achievement in reading and who has made a major contribution to the college reading program in the Department of Education.

The Linda Bailey Education Award is given in memory of Mrs. Linda Bailey, friend of many and secretary for the education department from 1986 to 2001, to a senior education major who excels as a student teacher and models an attitude of servanthood.

The Louis J. Krepps Music Prize is given by Mr. Albert Jay Miller in memory of Mr. Louis J. Krepps, professor of instrumental music and director of the marching band at Geneva College from 1948 to 1973, to a student who has been outstanding in instrumental music.

Mabel Davison Weagly Award.  The interest on a $2000 trust fund is to be given to the student who showed the greatest progress in the music department in the second semester of the academic year.

The Margaret Cowmeadow Award recognizes a graduating senior who enjoys literature, exhibits wide cultural interests and generates enthusiasm for the humanities.

The Mechanical Engineering Award is presented by the Department of Engineering and Computer Science to the most outstanding student in mechanical engineering, based on grade point average, character and leadership.

The Metheny Medical Prize is given to the graduating pre-med student with the highest academic average. The prize is given in memory of C. Brainerd Metheny and David B. Metheny by Mr. & Mrs. Richard T. Metheny.

George Tannehill Outstanding Senior Business Award. This is the top award given by the faculty of the Department of Business, Accounting and Management to a graduating senior for “Outstanding Academic Performance, Superior Personal Character and Laudable Demonstration of Christian Faith.”

The Outstanding Senior Psychology Student Award, sponsored by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), is presented to a senior student who meets three criteria: 1) must demonstrate exceptional interest and pursuit of excellence in academic studies; 2) must demonstrate extension of self in service to others beyond the classroom; and 3) must evidence Christian commitment and personal growth in his/her approach to professional interests and life in general.

The P.I.C.P.A. Accounting Prize is given to a senior majoring in accounting “having a superior grade point average, with character and leadership considered.”

The Paul E. Smith Senior English Prize is a monetary gift of $250 awarded by the English department of Geneva College for the best work in senior English.

The Paul H. Gilmore Humanities Award is a scholarship, provided by a trust fund established by the late Paul H. Gilmore, given to the student who has done the most outstanding work in the humanities program, without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin. Selection of the recipient is made by the faculty of the humanities program.

The Professor A. C. Edgecombe Award is a monetary prize awarded to the graduating engineer who is thought most likely to succeed in business. 

The Robert Park Excellence Prize represents a portion of the income from an endowed fund established by The Alabaster Box, Inc. in memory of Dr. Robert Park. This portion of income is divided equally among the valedictorians.

The Rudolph and Mildred Polovina Schwartz Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a junior elementary education major who exhibits academic responsibility, moral character, scholarship and leadership potential as a competent teacher and who through student activities has made a worthwhile contribution to the college and the Department of Education.

The Senior Speech Prize is a $100 cash prize awarded each year by the Estate of Dr. W. Clair and Melba Brown Merriman to the senior speech major who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement.

The Student-Athlete Award is a $100 cash award presented annually by the Estate of Dr. W. Clair and Melba Brown Merriman to the graduating senior athlete with the highest academic average.

The Sylvester Amon Engineering Award is a scholarship given to the junior engineering student from Beaver County with the highest average by the Beaver County Chapter, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers.

The Thomas Sedok Award is a monetary gift given in memory of Thomas Sedok by his family to the major in history who has attained the highest average, above 3.4, in history courses in his or her four years.

The Valedictorian's Prize is the interest on a trust fund given by Dr. S. C. Milligan of Pittsburgh in memory of his father, the Rev. J.S.T. Milligan, D.D. Rev. Milligan was a member of the first graduating class in 1852.

The Virginia Davis Napoli Award is presented to a graduating senior woman athlete who most exemplifies the high standards of character, scholarship and leadership to which Virginia was committed.

The Walkinshaw Music Prize is given in memory of the late Mr. and Mrs. William J. Walkinshaw for superior achievements in vocal or string performance or in music history and theory.

The William Columbus Award is provided by a trust fund established by the late Mr. William Columbus and given to the student maintaining the best average in the study of Greek.

The William M. Ewing Mathematics Education Award, donated by his students, is given to the senior majoring in mathematics education with the highest credit point average overall. Mr. Ewing was a mathematics professor at Geneva and retired in 1992.