All Prizes & Awards


Muhlenberg First Year Student Prize
Created by Dr. Frederick A. Muhlenberg (1836), to be awarded to the first-year student taking Greek or Latin who attains the highest general quality point average.

Muhlenberg Goodwill Prize
Awarded to a male senior “for growth during formative years at Gettysburg College in awareness of personal responsibility for the welfare of all peoples; for a degree of achievement in same during College years and in the hope of future accomplishment for betterment of Community, State and Nation.”

William F. Muhlenberg Award
Awarded to two juniors on the basis of character, scholarship, and proficiency in campus activities.

J. Rogers Musselman Award
Established by Peter R. Musselman in memory of his father, J. Rogers Musselman, to be awarded to a student majoring in mathematics who is proficient in the study of mathematics during his or her third year of enrollment.

Nicholas Prize in Religious Studies
Created by the Rev. Dr. J.C. Nicholas (1894), to be awarded to the senior who has done the best work in advanced courses in religious studies.

Clair B., Mary E., and Constance Noerr (Baker) Memorial Award
Established by Constance (Noerr) Baker ’58 in memory of her father and mother, to be awarded to a female senior on the basis of proficiency in athletics, scholarship, and character.

Dr. John W. Ostrom Composition Awards
Established by Dr. John W. Ostrom ’26, to be awarded to the student who demonstrates the greatest overall improvement in first-year writing and to the student who demonstrates consistent excellence in English 201.

Dr. John W. Ostrom English Award
Created by Dr. John W. Ostrom ’26, to be awarded to the student who has written the best expository essay for an upper level English course.

Anthony di Palma Memorial Award
Established by the family of Anthony di Palma ‘56, to be awarded to the junior having the highest marks in history. Other things being equal, preference is given to a member of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Keith Pappas Memorial Award
Given as a memorial to Keith Pappas ’74, an honors graduate who made an extraordinary contribution to the life of this College and its people. Awarded to a current student who most significantly affects the College community through the quality of his or her participation in its functions and whose divergent contributions give form to what is called Gettysburg College.

Elizabeth Headley Paul ’64 Memorial Scholarship
Talent scholarship awarded to a student(s) who seeks to earn a degree through the Sunderman Conservatory of Music; either a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education. If, in any given year, there is a qualified student(s) who is focused on the keyboard/piano, that student(s) will be given preference. Carries an award of up to $8,000 per year. Renewable annually based on satisfactory advancement in a music degree program, progress in private study, and satisfactory grade point average. Audition required.

Pi Sigma Alpha Award
Established by the Nu Psi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary society, to be presented to the outstanding graduating senior in political science.

Jeffrey Pierce Memorial Award
Established in honor of Jeffrey Pierce ’71, to be awarded to a male senior who has reached the highest level of achievement in the field of history.

The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award
The Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award is given to an outstanding music major at or near the end of his or her junior year. The Presser Scholar is selected by the Sunderman Conservatory faculty with the choice of the recipient guided solely by consideration of excellence and merit, without regard to gender or race.

Psi Chi Junior Award
Awarded to a senior psychology major who has displayed outstanding potential and initiative throughout his or her junior year.

Major General James Milnor Roberts Distinguished ROTC Award
In memory of Major General James Milnor Roberts, who served as Chief of the Army Reserves from 1971-1975, Executive Director of the Reserve Officers Association, and Chairman of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, this award honors an outstanding ROTC student at Gettysburg College who possesses the qualities demonstrated by Major General Roberts, including academic excellence, dedicated leadership, and personal integrity.

Martha Ellen Sachs Prize
Created by John E. Haas in memory of his aunt, a lecturer at the College, to be awarded to a student exhibiting excellence in English composition, with consideration given to improvement made during the year.

Emile O. Schmidt Award
Established by students, friends, audience members, and colleagues of Emile Schmidt, professor of English and theatre at Gettysburg College, 1962–1999. Award is presented each year to a theatre student for scholarly excellence and distinguished service to the Gettysburg College theatre program, as well as professional promise.

Henry Schneider III Endowed Award in German Studies
Established by Katherine Perrine Schneider in honor of her late husband, Henry Schneider III, Chairman of the German Department at Gettysburg College from 1964-1981; the Award is presented on spring Honors Day with first preference to a senior German major who plans to teach German in middle or high school, or plans to study German in graduate school.

Captain Michael D. Scotton (1982) Award
Established by David R. and Sally R. Scotton, parents of Michael D. Scotton, to be awarded to a junior who demonstrates a high degree of extracurricular activity and diligence in his or her academic work.