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Student Achievement Awards

Student Achievement Awards recognize undergraduate and graduate students for their outstanding achievements both inside and outside of the classroom and are presented at the President or Graduate Award Ceremonies in the spring. Nominations for these awards are currently open and due on Monday, December 17th by 5:00pm.  There are three separate nomination forms below.  Nominations for the Student Achievement Awards will be considered for the Eric A. Walker Award, John W. Oswald Award and the Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award and are open to graduating seniors.  Nomination forms for the Graduate Student Service Award and Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award are also linked below.

Student Achievement Award Nomination Form

Nominated students will be considered for all of the following awards.

The Eric A. Walker Award 

This award recognizes a senior student whose activities and achievements have enhanced the public esteem and renown of Penn State. This award will be presented to a graduating member of the senior class and is open to University Park students only. 

The Johns. W. Osward Award 

This award recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of the following areas of activity of Penn State:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Social Services, Religious Activities, and Student Government
  • Journalism, Speech and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

This award will be presented only to graduating members of the senior class and is open to University Park students only. 

The Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award

This award recognizes the achievements and potential of outstanding undergraduate students who have demonstrated the qualities of responsible leadership during their college careers and give promise of public-spirited achievement in the future. This award will be presented only to graduating members of the senior class who have shown outstanding academic achievement and have demonstrated leadership in University or other public activities.

Graduate Student Service Award 

This award recognizes the graduate student who has best combined high academic achievement with leadership in University or other public activities. This award is open to any current graduate student who has completed a minimum of one full year of graduate studies at Penn State. Law and Medical students are not eligible for this award. 

The Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award

The purpose of this award is to bring recognition to broad-minded students who openly promote responsible citizenship and civil respect for diversity within the Penn State community while emphasizing a nature of respectful tolerance for the differences among our constituents. This award will be presented annually to one student of outstanding character and leadership. Juniors, seniors or graduate students are eligible.