Academic Prizes, Medals, and Awards

All Majors Established in 1977 in memory of Colonel Herbert Nash Dillard '34, senior professor of English, department head for eight years, director of the VMI Glee Club for twenty years, and a member of the VMI faculty for thirty-eight years.  The cash award and  certificate are to be presented to a member of the graduating class judged by the faculty and staff as the cadet best emulating the scholarship and dedication to a broad liberal arts education which characterized Col. Dillard.  Consideration will be given to proficiency in a chosen field of study, leadership in the Corps of Cadets, and outstanding accomplishments in the extracurricular program of the Institute.

All Majors

Colonel Sterling  Murray Heflin '16  Academic Proficiency Award

Established in 1988 as a cash prize awarded to the recipient of the Second Jackson-Hope Medal.

All Majors

The Commander Harry Millard Mason Awards  

Two cash awards established in 1981 in memory of Commander Harry Millard Mason by Mrs. Mason.  The Academic  Proficiency  Award made annually to a graduating member of the first class  who stands first academically in his/her class  will accompany the First Jackson Hope Medal. The second award is made to the graduating first classman recommended by a review committee as the most  militarily proficient cadet.

All Majors

The Company Cup

Established in 1970, an award to the company with the highest combined average GPA for the fall and spring semesters upon which their company and year is engraved.

All Majors

The Francis  H. Smith  Award 

A cash award established in 1981 by an anonymous donor as a  memorial to Francis   H. Smith, VMI's first Superintendent, is made to a rising first classman who has  exhibited outstanding academic achievement, extracurricular participation, leadership ability, and demonstrated potential for a professional career.

All Majors

George C. Marshall Citizen-Soldier Award

The award is given bi-annually to a first classman or rising first classman best modeling the attributes displayed by George C. Marshall as a cadet.

All Majors

Jackson-Hope Medals

In 1867 the Honorable A. J. B. Beresford Hope, member of the British Parliament and representative of an association that had presented to the Commonwealth of Virginia a statue of Thomas J. Jackson, sent to Governor James L. Kemper the remainder of the statue fund,  requesting that it be used for a further memorial to the great Confederate soldier. The Governor proposed and the Board of Visitors approved the establishment of two "Jackson-Hope Medals" to be presented annually to the two most distinguished graduates of the Institute, and since the first awards in 1877, the Jackson-Hope Medals have been VMI's highest awards for scholastic achievement.

All Majors

The Jeff Shaara  Scholar-in-Residence Award

 Established in 1999. Annual award to provide the opportunity to pursue a research topic relating to mid-nineteenth century American history and to serve as a historical interpreter at  New Market  Battlefield  State Historical  Park.  The Shaara scholar will receive a $2,500 cash stipend, a ten-week appointment to the New Market Park staff, and summer lodging on the historic Bushong Farm.

All Majors

The John Ryd Bush Award

This award recognizes the fourth classman whose military character and  proficiency are  most noteworthy. It was established in 1944 by William E. Bush as a memorial to his son, a member of the Class of 1946, who died in 1944 as a result of an accident while on Army duty during World War II.

All Majors

The Lt. Gen.Edward Mallory Almond '15 Award for Academic-Athletic-Military Excellence 

Established by the General John H. Forney Historical Society of Alabama in 1981 as a memorial to General Almond. Given annually to a graduating cadet who has made outstanding contributions to VMI's intercollegiate athletic program while distinguishing himself through academic achievement and soldierly bearing and aptitude.

All Majors

The Richard J. Marshall Award

An admiring comrade of Major General Richard J. Marshall during World War II, R. C. Kramer of New York, has established a fund for a cash award to the winner of the Cincinnati Medal.

All Majors

The Society of the Cincinnati Medal

In 1913 the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia established a fund to provide annually a medal to be awarded by the faculty to the member of the graduating class most  distinguished by efficiency  of services and  excellence of character throughout his/her cadetship.

All Majors

The Sumter  L. Lowry Award

The first winner of the Cincinnati  Medal, Major General Sumter deLeon Lowry, Class of 1914, has donated a sum of money to the VMI Foundation, Inc., for the purpose of providing a further cash prize to the winner of the Cincinnati Medal.

Biology

Alfred  H.  Knowles 1933  Award

Established by H. C. Knowles of Rochester, New York, in memory of his son, a member of the Class of 1933, who died as the result of an accident at home on Christmas furlough during his senior year. This award, based upon class standing, is made to a graduating biology major.

Biology

John  Randolph Tucker Carmichael Award

Established in 1951 by the Class of 1931 as a memorial to their classmate, Dr. John Randolph Tucker Carmichael, who died in 1941. The award, based upon unusual academic achievement and excellence of character, is made to a third class biology major.

Biology

Paul R. Meyer Award

This award, based upon academic achievement, is given by Dr. Paul R. Meyer, Class of 1924, and is awarded each year to a fourth class biology major.

Biology

Philip H. Killey 1941 Award

Established in 1943 by the parents of Philip H. Killey, who lost his life in North Africa during World War II. The award, based upon unusual academic achievement and excellence of character, is made to a second class biology major.

Biology or Chemistry

The Herbert  E. Ritchey  First  Class Award

Established in 1972 by alumni and friends of Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey who served on the VMI chemistry faculty for thirty-eight years until his death in 1970. Awarded for excellence in the study of organic chemistry to a graduate who is receiving a degree in chemistry or biology. The award consists of a medal and a cash prize.

Chemistry

The Herbert  E. Ritchey  Third Class Award

A cash prize to a third class chemistry major for excellence in the study of organic chemistry. This award was established in 1973 by an anonymous donor in memory of Colonel Herbert E. Ritchey who served on the faculty for thirty-eight years until his death in 1970.

Chemistry

The Larry L. Jackson '62 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry Award

Established in 1999 by Dr. Larry L. Jackson '62 and his wife, Lindy Lou White Jackson. A cash award presented to an upperclass cadet majoring in chemistry in order to reward past excellent performance in research and to encourage future research endeavors.

Chemistry

The Leslie  German  Second Class Award

A cash prize to a second class chemistry major for excellence in the study of analytical chemistry. This award was established in 1973 by an anonymous donor in honor of Colonel  Leslie German who served on the  faculty for thirty-five years until his retirement in 1968. Colonel German was head of the Chemistry Department for twenty-eight years.

Chemistry

The Ralph Bowen Linville Award

Established in 1964 by Mrs. Linville as a memorial to her husband who served on the chemistry faculty from 1947 to 1957. Awarded for excellence to a new cadet majoring in chemistry.

Civil Engineering

Alvin F. Meyer Awards

For the first classman showing highest proficiency in the sanitary engineering courses, and to the second classman standing first in the civil engineering curriculum.

Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Award

A cash award to the graduating civil engineering major who is declared by the department head to hold the highest academic standing at graduation.

Civil Engineering

The Class of 1941 Award

An award to the first-standing second classman majoring in civil engineering, established by Colonel Alvin F. Meyer, '41.

Civil Engineering

James Preston Taylor 1945 Award

Established in 1959 by Robert L. Wallace, Class of 1924, as a memorial to his nephew who was killed in action on Iwo Jima in World War II while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. The award is made to a fourth classman majoring in civil engineering.

Civil Engineering

John Bowie Gray 1867 Award

Established by the late Miss Aylmer Gray as a memorial to her father, a New Market Cadet. It is awarded to a third classman standing first in civil engineering.

Civil Engineering

Nathaniel W. Pendleton '22 Award

Established by Nathaniel W. Pendleton, Jr. '57, of Wytheville, Virginia, in memory of his father. The award is a cash prize  and  certificate to the  first classman standing first in the  civil engineering curriculum during his/her  first class year.

Economics & Business

James Clifton Wheat, Jr. Medal

 Established in honor of Mr. Wheat, Class of 1941, to acknowledge his lifelong interest in the economics and business studies at VMI, and his leadership in the VMI Foundation's Economic Fund Drive, 1969-70. The medal recognizes outstanding performance on the Major Field Test-Business by an Economics and Business major in the graduating class.

Economics & Business

John Robert Philpott Medal

Established in honor of Mr. Philpott, Class of 1935, to acknowledge his efforts as National Chairman of the Economics Fund Drive which resulted in establishment of the Mary Moody Northen Distinguished Scholars Chair in the Arts and Social Sciences.   The medal recognizes outstanding performance in research by an Economics and Business major in the graduating class.

Economics & Business

The Roberts Medal

Established in honor of John W. and Jane M. Roberts to recognize their lifelong interest in the American free enterprise system and their unswerving support for the Department of Economics and Business. The medal recognizes outstanding performance by an Economics and Business major in the graduating class.

Electrical Engineering

The Major General  Richard  C. Coupland '15 Electrical Engineering Awards

Established in 1991, and awarded to a second and third classman, majoring in electrical engineering, who have demonstrated academic excellence, outstanding leadership abilities, and high moral standards.

Electrical Engineering

The Stewart W. Anderson Award

 Established in 1977 by gifts of relatives and former students to provide a certificate and cash prize to be presented to the graduate having a superior academic performance in the electrical engineering curriculum. The award is in honor of Brigadier General Stewart Wise Anderson, Class of 1908, to recall his 46 years of devoted service to VMI as a member of the faculty. He was head of the Department of Electrical Engineering for 21 years and Dean of the Faculty for 14 years.

English

 Dearing Medal

Established as a memorial to her son, Asa S. Dearing, Class of 1891, by Mrs. P. M. Dearing, the Dearing Medal is awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who has demonstrated the highest proficiency in the study  of English and  English literature.

History

Marshall Award in History

The George C. Marshall Research Foundation offers outstanding history majors at VMI the opportunity to study and work at the Marshall Library.  Marshall scholars, chosen by the Foundation on recommendation of the VMI History and Politics Department, do an honors research paper on a topic related to the holdings of the Marshall Library.  They attend seminars, participate in Marshall Foundation conferences, and receive a stipend at the conclusion of their research activities.

History

The Randolph T. Townsend Award

In 1951 Mrs. Randolph T. Townsend established the award as a memorial to her son, a member of the Class of 1950, who was killed in action in Korea in 1951. A bronze medal and a cash prize are presented annually  to the first standing graduate in the history curriculum.

History

The Richard Driggs LeMay, Jr. Award

Established in 1978 as a memorial to Major R. D. LeMay, Jr., '62, helicopter pilot and officer in the Fourth Air Cavalry, First Infantry Division. He was killed in action during his second tour of duty in Vietnam in September 1968. A cash prize is awarded to that cadet deemed most  proficient  in military history.

Mathematics

The Colonel Robert H. Knox Prize

Memorial prize established in 1985 by the family of Colonel Robert H. Knox, VMI class of 1924, who taught mathematics at VMI for 42 years until his retirement in 1969. Awarded annually to a member of the third class selected by the faculty of the mathematics department as the most promising mathematics major of that class.

Mathematics

The Commodore  Matthew Fontaine Maury  Award

Established in 1985 by the Virginia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in memory of the famed oceanographer and meteorologist, and former member of the VMI faculty, from 1868 until 1872. The award will be made annually  to the first-ranking graduate in the mathematics curriculum.

Mathematics

The John  H. French  Medal

Dr. John H. French, of New York, Class of 1879, gave to the Institute a sum of money which provides a medal for the member of the graduating class for highest proficiency in mathematics.

Mechanical Engineering

The Superintendent William H. Milton, Jr., Class of 1920 Award

Established by members of General Milton's family and members of the Class of 1920. The award, a cash prize, is presented annually to the first- standing cadet in each class in the mechanical engineering curriculum.

Modern Languages

Adolfo  Ponzanelli Medal

 Established in honor of Adolfo Ponzanelli, a native of Mexico, member of the Class of 1932, for outstanding service to and lifelong interest in the Institute. The medal is awarded in recognition of excellence in the study of modern languages by a modern language major in the graduating class. The initial award was made at Finals 1972.

Physics

The Sauder Physics Award 

Established in 1999 by the Physics and Astronomy Department as a memorial to William Conrad Sauder, Class of 1955, for his lifelong excellence in teaching and research at the Institute.

Physics

The Stonewall Jackson Memorial  Award

Established in 1957 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the great Confederate hero.  The prize is presented annually  to the first standing graduate in the physics curriculum.