Awards & Honors
You’re at Washington’s college. So go ahead and emulate George: Aim high, and live and work with honor.
George Washington’s life, as biographers like Joseph Ellis have shown, teaches us that ambition is a noble and powerful thing—if it is tied to worthy goals and faithful service.
Today, we encourage the energy and aspirations of our students by recognizing outstanding achievement in our classrooms, campus, and community.
Our honors and awards recognize the collegiate work of our most outstanding students. And—just as with our founding patron, George himself—they are a promise of service and achievement yet to come.
Schottland Business Leadership Award
Applications for the 2015 Schottland Leadership Award are due Friday, April 3.
Since 2000, the Stanley A. Schottland Business Leadership Award has recognized and helped develop American business leaders. It is presented annually to a Washington College senior, of any major, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and academic excellence.
The award brings a prize of $5,000, a tuition credit toward graduate business studies of $10,000, and assistance in exploring employment opportunities. Two runners-up each receive a $1,000 prize.
Department of Business Management Award
Given to a graduating business major who has demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, character, and leadership.
Department of Business Management Senior Capstone Award
Awarded to a graduating business major with the most outstanding senior research project, demonstrating high scholarship and analytical skills.
In May 2013, one student achieved the rare trifecta of winning all three awards. Ryan J. Bankert, double-major in Business Management and Hispanic Studies, not only won the Schottland Award, the Department of Business Management Award, and the Department of Business Senior Capstone Award, he also graduated with first honors and at graduation won the Henry W. C. Catlin 1894 Medal, awarded by the faculty to a senior man for outstanding scholarship and campus leadership.
After graduation, Ryan began work for Stanley Black and Decker, enrolled in the firm’s leadership training program.
Sigma Beta Delta
Sigma Beta Delta is the premier international honor society in business, management and administration. Washington College has had a chapter since 1995, the society’s second year. The organization recognizes students for their achievements in the classroom and promotes a lifelong dedication to self-improvement and service.
Standards for acceptance into the society are high. Inductees must demonstrate good character, but GPA requirements vary from year to year; to become a member, students must be among the top 20 percent of their class of business majors, as well as the top 20 percent of their class overall.
When it’s time to apply for jobs, membership in Sigma Beta Delta shows employers that the candidate is a high achiever and hard worker. The society also offers fellowships to help members attain their business degree.
For more information about Sigma Beta Delta, visit www.sigmabetadelta.org.
Departmental and Capstone Honors
Graduating majors receive Departmental Honors at graduation if they receive Honors on the Senior Capstone, and achieve a GPA of 3.4 (Dean’s List average) in Business Management courses.
Graduating majors receive Honors on the Senior Capstone with a rubric score of 25 or greater (you’ll find information on the capstone and how it’s scored here).
Johnson Internship Awards
Johnson Internship Awards
The William B. Johnson ’40 Business Internship Awards fund summer internships for students interested in careers in business. The Johnson program is funded by the family of William B. Johnson ’40, in recognition of his many accomplishments as a business leader and family man. Any student intent on pursuing a career in business, irrespective of major, may apply for a Johnson Award for a summer internship to learn more about business and to strengthen relations between business and the College. Assistance in obtaining an internship may be provided by the Department of Business Management.
Recipients are selected based on scholarship, service, and character, as well as the proposed internship.
2015 application (wordx)
2015 application (pdf)
Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society, open to college men and women from all majors.
It was founded at Washington and Lee University in 1914 to recognize and encourage superior leadership by persons of exemplary character in the areas of academics, athletics, service, journalism, and creative arts.
Washington College’s Alpha Psi Circle of ODK, established in 1937, recognizes the college’s most outstanding student leaders.
Each year, members of ODK select two winners of the Gold Pentagon Award, recognizing outstanding leadership and service to Washington College by a graduating senior, and by an alumnus, faculty member, or friend of the college.
Washington College’s Alpha Psi Circle of ODK also supports leadership education by sponsoring and organizing a series of colloquia, talks, and special events throughout the year.
Students are inducted into ODK twice during the year, in the fall and in the spring. Applications are accepted online.
Phi Beta Kappa
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is widely considered to be the most highly regarded mark of academic distinction for undergraduate students in liberal studies.
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa is by invitation only. Eligibility is based on the totality of a student’s academic achievement and character. Students interested in Phi Beta Kappa are advised to take a broad range of courses and should plan a program that includes at least 96 credits in “liberal studies” courses. (BUS 109, 302, and 310 are considered to be “liberal studies”; other business courses are not.)