Penn State Awards
Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award
This award recognizes undergraduate students enrolled at the Commonwealth campuses whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship have been directed into programs and services that have positively influenced fellow students and have contributed to the prestige and well-being of their campus and the reputation of the University as a whole.
Evan Pugh Scholar Award
The Evan Pugh scholars are those juniors and seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes and have completed at least 48 graded Penn State credits by 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 seniors this year have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.98 or higher.
President Sparks Award
This award is presented annually to undergraduate degree candidates who have earned a 4.00 (A) GPA 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.
President’s Freshman Award
This award is presented annually to undergraduate degree candidates and provisional students who have earned a 4.00 (A) GPA 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.
Penn State Harrisburg Awards
Penn State Harrisburg Student Diversity Award
This award is presented to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to celebrating diversity by assisting with or creating a welcoming environment through encouragement of understanding between persons of different races, sexes, sexual orientation or identity, ethnicity, age, disability, or religious heritage.
Doris Hughes Memorial Award
The Doris Hughes Memorial Award is intended to recognize international students who have actively participated in campus and/or community activities and who have achieved academic success, after completing at least one semester at Penn State Harrisburg.
Kathryn Towns Award
This award recognizes students, alumni, staff or faculty members who have demonstrated commitment to heightening the awareness of issues and concerns having an impact on women at the college.
Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Society Outstanding Graduate Student Award
This award is presented to graduate students who have received either a college or University award and is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and working their way through school.
Penn State Harrisburg Alumni Society Outstanding Senior Award
This award is granted to a senior who has already been selected for another college or University award and is based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and working their way through school.
Honors Certificate of Achievement
The Certificate is awarded to fourth-semester honor students who have earned honors credits well above and beyond the basic requirements of the Capital College Honors Program.
School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Outstanding Undergraduate Psychology Student Award
This award is presented to a student with at least a sixth semester standing who demonstrates excellence in academic performance, research activities, and service to the University.
Betty Fortner Literacy Education Award
Awarded in honor of Dr. Betty Holmes Fortner, associate professor emerita, this professional recognition and certificate is presented to a graduate student who completed the master’s of education in literacy education program with a 4.0 GPA and who has shown excellence in classroom performance as well as knowledge and application of literacy techniques.
H. Edgar Wisehaupt Outstanding Principal Award
The award is presented to an individual currently enrolled in the principal certification program and is chosen by the instructors of the program.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Teaching and Curriculum Award
This award is presented to a student who demonstrates high academic achievement and has the potential to make significant contributions to the field of education.
Roy W. Allison Outstanding Education Alumni Award
This award is presented to a graduate of an education program who has distinguished himself or herself in the field of education.
Kappa Delta Pi Excellence in Secondary Education Award
The Outstanding Secondary Education Award goes to a candidate who excels in his/her coursework, demonstrates leadership and mentoring among peers, and is dedicated to teaching all students through best practice in the classroom.
Training and Development Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Academic excellence, contribution to the Training and Development Program, and potential for contribution to the Training and Development field.
Award for Distinguished Service in Community Psychology and Social Change
This award recognizes exemplary service to the field of community psychology through ongoing efforts aimed at community betterment, social justice and social change.
Kappa Delta Pi Excellence in Elementary Education Award
This award is sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg Sigma Alpha Chapter and is presented to a graduating senior who has excelled in their program of study. Individuals selected are nominated by faculty for their commitment to education, ethics, professionalism, and academic performance.
Clem E. Gilpin Award for Outstanding Social Science Student
This award recognizes excellence in research, community service, and scholarship among undergraduate students in the social sciences.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Applied Behavior Analysis Award
Awards excellence in the classroom, with research, and in the application of Applied Behavior Analysis.
The Learned Society of Whispering Pines Graduate Student Award in Adult Education
This award was established by alumni of the adult education doctoral program who were among the first to graduate from the program in 1989. It is presented to a student who has done outstanding academic work in the adult education doctoral program and exceptional service work in the adult education field.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Applied Clinical Psychology Award
Excellence in research and practice in clinical psychology.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Applied Psychological Research
Outstanding scholarly research performance in psychology.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Health Education Award
This award is presented to a student who engaged in activities or projects that promote health and healthy behaviors.