Penn State Harrisburg

Student Award Descriptions

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

College 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.

School of Business Administration

Outstanding MSIS Student Award
This award recognizes an MSIS student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and citizenship and shows potential for a promising business career.
 
Beta Gamma Sigma Exemplary Chapter Student Award
This award recognizes a student member of Beta Gamma Sigma who demonstrates exemplary academic performance in the School of Business Administration and exhibits the organization’s founding principles and values of honor and integrity.
 
Beta Gamma Sigma Graduate Student Award
This award recognizes a graduate student member of Beta Gamma Sigma who demonstrates exemplary academic performance in the School of Business Administration and exhibits the founding organization’s principles and values of honor and integrity.
 
Beta Gamma Sigma Undergraduate Student Award
This award recognizes an undergraduate student member of Beta Gamma Sigma who demonstrates exemplary academic performance in the School of Business Administration and exhibits the organization’s principles and values of honor and integrity.
 
National Defense Transportation Association Scholarship
This award is presented to a student pursuing a major, minor, concentration, or who exhibits an academic interest in supply chain management.
 
Outstanding MBA Student Award
This award recognizes an MBA student who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and citizenship and shows potential for a promising business career.
 
FEI Central PA Chapter Outstanding Student Award
This award is presented based on a student’s academic accomplishments, leadership activities, community service, and reasons for pursuing a major in economics, accounting, or another business-related field.
 
Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Senior Award
This award is presented to a senior at each Pennsylvania college or university who shines in academia, expresses a serious interest in accounting, and demonstrates a desire to continue in the accounting field.
 

School of Humanities

William J. Mahar Award of Excellence in the Performing Arts
This award is in recognition of a student who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the theatre, musical theatre, and/or choir programs through excellence in directing, composition, technical contributions, design, management, playwriting, screenwriting, composition, dramaturgy, marketing, performance or other aspect of Penn State Harrisburg’s performing arts.
 
Outstanding Achievement Award in Journalism-Undergraduate
This award is in recognition for professional excellence in print, interactive (including blogging), audio, photo, video (or combinations of the above) journalism.
 
Media Arts Award-Undergraduate
This award recognizes an undergraduate School of Humanities project that employs a medium in a unique or especially creative manner.
 
Academy of American Poets Prize at Penn State Harrisburg
Established in 2013, this $100 award goes to the best poem written by a Penn State Harrisburg student. The award is funded via a private donation in memory of Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller, a Harrisburg native who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008. The award is part of the Academy of American Poets’ “University and College Prizes Program.”
 
Outstanding Undergraduate Creative Writing Award
This award is given in recognition of excellence in a collected body of undergraduate creative writing.
 
Outstanding Writing Award-Graduate
This award is a recognition of a collected body of writing produced in one of our Graduate Programs 
in the School of Humanities.
 
Outstanding Analytical/Scholarly Research Writing Award
This award is in recognition of excellence in a collected body of undergraduate analytical/scholarly research.
 
Creative Achievement Award in the Arts-Graduate
This award acknowledges a student who, while in one of the Graduate Programs in the School of Humanities, has done significant creative work in the visual arts, audio production, writing, poetry, theater, film, music, or other expressive form.
 
Creative Achievement Award in the Visual Arts-Undergraduate
This award is in recognition of an outstanding body of recent work in art, photography, filmmaking, graphic design, or combinations of the above.
 
George Wolf Award for Academic Excellence in American Studies (B.A.)
Funded by the faculty in honor of Penn State Harrisburg’s first faculty member, the George Wolf Award for Academic Excellence recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a B.A. student in American Studies.
 
John S. Patterson Award for Academic Excellence in American Studies (M.A.)
Funded by the American Studies faculty in honor of professor emeritus and program coordinator John S. Patterson, the Award for Academic Excellence in American Studies recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a M.A. student in American Studies.
 
Sue Samuelson Award for Academic Excellence in American Studies (Ph.D.)
Funded by the Samuelson family of Fremont, California, in honor of American Studies faculty member Dr. Sue Samuelson (1956-1991), this award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a doctoral student in American Studies.
 

School of Public Affairs

Irving and Mildred Hand State, Urban and Regional Affairs Award
To honor and recognize the achievement of Penn State Harrisburg graduate students who have displayed interest and excellence in the study of state, regional, and local affairs.
 
Kenneth W. Masters Prize in Public Policy
Academic excellence and the potential for a productive career in the public sector.
 
The Robert J. Bresler and Carol R. Nechemias Outstanding Political Science Senior Award
This award is presented to a student with outstanding performance in political science, as demonstrated by a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major and an overall GPA of at least 3.0; completion of at least half of the political science coursework; and interest in, or potential for, a successful career or graduate study in government, politics, law, or a related field.
 

School of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Electrical Engineering Scholastic Achievement Award
1. High Scholastic Achievement
2. Contribution to the Program
 
Electrical Engineering Technology Scholastic Achievement Award
1. High Scholastic Achievement
2. Contribution to the Program
 
Electrical Faculty Outstanding Senior Award
1. Graduating Senior
2. Contribution to the Program or the College through extracurricular Activities
 
Computer Science Graduate Student Award
The Computer Science Graduate Student Award honors a Computer Science graduate student who is graduating this academic year and who has demonstrated excellent academic performance. The student is selected by the Computer Science graduate faculty.
 
Computer Science Outstanding Student Award
This award recognizes an outstanding student in computer science.
 
Mathematical Sciences Outstanding Student Award
This award recognizes an outstanding student in mathematical science.
 
Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Senior Award
This award honors a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.5 or greater, professional organization involvement, extracurricular activity participation, and faculty recommendation.
 
Mechanical Engineering Technology Outstanding Senior Award
This award honors a graduating senior with a GPA of 3.5, professional organization involvement, extracurricular activity participation, and faculty recommendation.
 
Civil Engineering Outstanding Senior Award
This award is presented in recognition of an outstanding senior majoring in civil engineering.
 
Gerald Brey Outstanding Senior Designer
This is the outstanding “Structural Design” senior in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology.
 
Environmental Engineering Outstanding Senior Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior who has both a superior academic record and significant service to the program or the college.
 
Descriptions are current as of May 2014.