Undergraduate Student Awards

Honors and Awards

Awards and prizes are presented to undergraduate students each year in recognition of their work and service to GW and Columbian College.

Nomination forms and deadlines will be posted in spring 2018.

The Distinguished Scholar Award is awarded to two graduating seniors in Columbian College who have excelled academically and shown commitment to scholarship through participation in research or other academic leadership activities.

Faculty members nominate students for this award.

Students who receive this prize should demonstrate exceptional achievement in one or more areas of work:

  • excellence in course study;

  • research or other scholarship that shows originality and a depth of knowledge or understanding in the field;

  • significant out-of-class or off-campus activity related to an academic field; or

  • significant contributions to the growth and improvement of their department, school or the University.

Nomination packages for this award must include a letter of support of no more than two pages from a faculty member. Additional letters of support from other faculty members may be submitted as a part of the student's packet. The Columbian College Office of the Dean may contact nominated students for a copy of their resume.

The nomination form and deadline will be posted in spring 2018.

The George Washington University Alumni Association (GWAA) awards an annual prize to an outstanding graduating student in each school of the University. Historically, Columbian College has awarded the prize to two students, in the amount of $500 each. The GWAA Prize is awarded at the Columbian College Celebration Ceremony in May.

Students nominate themselves for this award.

Selection Criteria

  1. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  2. The recipient must have demonstrated:

    • curricular and extracurricular accomplishments;

    • leadership in either campus or community activities;

    • the ability to achieve established goals in these activities; and

    • a commitment to the University and its community.

  3. The recipient should show potential for participating in alumni activities and achievement as an alumna/us.

Applicants must submit a resume/CV and a statement of no more than 500 words (one page, double-spaced) addressing the selection criteria.

The nomination form and deadline will be posted in spring 2018.