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Student Awards

Each spring, a number of awards are given to outstanding Richmond College students by the RCSGA and the dean's office. The dean's office has the right of nomination for some of the awards. A full lists of the awards as well as their criteria are listed below.All active, undergraduate, full-time, Richmond College students are considered for each award and scholarship for which they qualify; however, you are welcome to provide us with additional information that may improve your chances for recognition prior to March 5, 2016.

Colonel Thomas Branch McAdams Prize Established by Colonel McAdams, the prize is to be awarded to a member of Richmond College's junior class making the most outstanding contribution to the development of college life and the stimulation of a cooperative spirit between the student body and the administration. The recipient receives a plaque at the annual Leadership Awards Dinner and his name is listed in the commencement program of his graduating class.

Nick Carter Award Established in honor of Nick Carter, a 1921 graduate of Richmond College, this award is given to a Richmond College student (typically a senior) who makes an outstanding contribution to the male student government program. The recipient receives a plaque at the Commencement Awards Luncheon and his name is listed in the commencement program.

Richard A Mateer Award for Outstanding Contributions Established in 2002 in honor of the ninth Dean of the College, Dean Emeritus Richard Mateer, this award is given to a senior who has provided outstanding leadership and/or given outstanding service in any field of student activities. The recipient receives a plaque at the Commencement Awards Luncheon and his name is listed in the commencement program.

Morrill Award for Study Abroad Established in 1998 in honor of Chancellor Richard Morrill, this award is given to a rising senior who demonstrated through an essay of his experiences to have had a transformative study abroad experience. The recipient is selected by the RCSGA and receives a plaque at the Leadership Awards Dinner.

The Richmond College Medal Established in 2014, this award recognizes five senior men of character, scholarship, and leadership. Recipients are nominated by members of the University community, and generally represent a wide diversity of the student body. Recipients are given a 2” medal to wear above their regalia at Commencement.

The Deans’ Awards (Mateer Prize, Metcalf Prize, Pinchbeck Prize) Established in 2014, The Deans’ Awards were established to honor three “landmark” deans in the College’s history, and recognize five men of character, scholarship, and leadership in the First Year, Sophomore, and Junior classes. The recipients are nominated by members of the University community, and receive their award at the annual Founder’s Day event.

Most Significant Class Contributor Awards Established in 1983, this award is given to one member of each class for having made the most significant contribution to the improvement of the University and student life. The recipients are selected based on scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academics, extracurricular activities in the areas of citizenship and service, and potential for future achievement. Recipients receive their award at the Leadership Awards Dinner.

The Charge to the Class Reader Established in 2008, the reader of the Charge to the Class is a senior who is selected for his consistent embodiment of the spirit of a Richmond College student. The recipient's name is engraved on a plaque that remains in the Dean's Office.