Residential College Prizes
The undergraduate residential colleges:
GIMBEL HIGH SCHOLARSHIP (1957). Colonel Richard Gimbel, B.A. 1920. Awarded annually to the residential college with the highest academic standing.
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ATHLETIC PRIZE. Given to the senior who has contributed most to the College’s athletic program.
BISHOP BERKELEY PRIZE. Awarded to that member of the College who has “best discovered the intellectual potentialities of a university.”
FELLOWS’ PRIZE. For that member of the College who has “brought the most light and air” to the College.
MEAD CUP. Given to a senior who has contributed the most in leadership and service.
CHARLES SEYMOUR PRIZE (1963). Richard L. Purdy, B.A. 1925, as a memorial to Charles Seymour, B.A. 1908, first Master of Berkeley College, and President of the University 1937-50. To be awarded annually to that Berkeley senior who has maintained the highest standing in the humanities.
TRIFFIN PRIZE. To be awarded annually to the Berkeley senior with the best record in the social sciences.
REGINALD L. TUCKER PRIZE. Awarded to a senior who, either through formal leadership roles or by the force of his or her own personality, has helped make Berkeley College a closer, more vital community.
WOHLENBERG PRIZE. Established in honor of Walter J. Wohlenberg, Dean of the School of Engineering 1948-55, and a Fellow of the College 1933-56. For an outstanding senior in the field of engineering or physical sciences.
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EDWIN FOSTER BLAIR PRIZE (1971). Given annually to “that member of the senior class of Branford College whose qualities of scholarship, unselfish service, and loyalty to the College and to Yale most nearly approximate those exemplified by Edwin Foster Blair.” Mr. Blair was a member of the Class of 1924 and a Fellow of the College 1944-70.
BRANFORD COLLEGE AWARD. Awarded to a senior for outstanding contribution to the quality of life in Branford College.
NORMAN S. BUCK TROPHY. Established to honor Norman S. Buck, B.A. 1913, Master of the College 1943-59. For outstanding contribution to the life of Branford College.
FELLOWS’ PRIZE. For academic achievement.
CLARENCE W. MENDELL PRIZES. Established in honor of Clarence W. Mendell, B.A. 1904, Master of the College from 1931 to 1943. Given to three members of the senior class who are judged to have contributed the most to the intellectual life of Branford College.
GEORGE A. SCHRADER, JR., PRIZE. Named to honor the third Master of the College (1959-66) and awarded for excellence in the humanities.
SUSAN J. SMITH ARTS PRIZE. Established to honor Susan J. Smith, Associate Master of Branford College1996-2011. Awarded to members of the senior class for outstanding contribution in the arts.
SIDNEY WOOD CUP. For outstanding contribution to Branford sports.
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COGSWELL AWARD (1951). Ledyard Cogswell, Jr., Class of 1899. Given to three seniors chosen for their contributions as shown by their activities, interest, and influence on the life of Calhoun College as a distinctive part of Yale University.
FELLOWS’ CUP. Awarded to the senior who, in the opinion of the Master and Fellows, is most distinguished for scholastic attainment.
VICKI JACKSON AWARD. To the senior who has demonstrated concern for the quality of life at Yale and in Calhoun College.
FENMORE R. SETON AWARD. Presented to a member of Calhoun College, who, in the opinion of the Master, has demonstrably contributed to increased understanding and cooperation between students at Yale and citizens of the City of New Haven.
THEODORE PRIZE. Presented to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Dean Theodore’s distinctive spirit of compelling creativity, sensitivity, and caring on behalf of the community life in Calhoun College.
DWIGHT V. WATERMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE (1967). Derived from a fund created by the family, friends, and classmates of a member of the Class of 1968, and awarded to a junior in the College.
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B. EDWARD BENSINGER, 3d, B.A. 1951, PRIZE. Awarded annually to the graduating senior in Davenport College who, in the opinion of the Master and Fellows, will, by virtue of his/her proposed program, make best use of this additional support.
T. WHITNEY BLAKE MEMORIAL PRIZE (1981). Established by family and friends. Awarded annually to a graduating senior in Davenport College who best combines scholarship in English, love of music, and a kindness and awareness of others.
JOHN V. FARWELL, 3d, SCHOLARSHIP (1952). John V. Farwell, 3d, B.A. 1918. Awarded annually to one or two students in Davenport College.
HELEN DAVENPORT FESSENDEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1950). Mrs. Frank C. Staniland, in memory of her mother, a direct descendant of John Davenport. Awarded annually to a student in Davenport College.
DAVID DEARBORN LAPHAM MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (1956). Parents and friends of David Lapham of the Class of 1957, to perpetuate his memory. Awarded each year to no more than three students in Davenport College.
SEYMOUR L. LUSTMAN MEMORIAL PRIZE (1972). Friends and Fellows of Davenport College, in memory of the late Master. Awarded at Commencement to a graduating senior in Davenport College who has contributed to the artistic and cultural aspects of the life of the College and who has submitted the best proposal for the use of the prize in support of a project in those areas.
DANIEL MERRIMAN PRIZE (1967). B. Edward Bensinger, 3d, B.A. 1951, in honor of the second Master. Presented each year at Commencement to a senior in Davenport College for outstanding participation and leadership.
CHAUNCEY BREWSTER TINKER PRIZE (1955). Malcolm P. Aldrich, B.A. 1922, “out of respect and admiration for the outstanding contribution which Professor Tinker has made to the intellectual life of Yale.” Awarded annually to a student in Davenport College.
EMERSON TUTTLE CUP (1947). Established in memory of Emerson Tuttle, B.A. 1914, Master of Davenport College 1933-46. Presented annually at Commencement to the senior most distinguished for scholastic attainments.
EMERSON TUTTLE SCHOLARSHIP (1947). Friends and relatives, in memory of Emerson Tuttle, B.A. 1914, Master of Davenport College 1933-46. Awarded annually to a student in Davenport, preferably a senior, who best combines high-ranking scholarship and contribution to the College and its life by his/her personal standards.
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BERGIN CUP. Given in appreciation of Thomas G. Bergin, Master of Timothy Dwight College 1953-68, by the Class of 1968. Awarded each year to a member of the senior class for outstanding character, wit and scholarship in the humanities.
THE DAVIE AWARD. Given in memory of James Stewart Davie, Dean of Timothy Dwight College, 1963-84. Awarded each year to a senior for outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Timothy Dwight College.
GERALD R. FORD SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD (1977). President Gerald R. Ford. Presented annually at Commencement to the graduating senior of Timothy Dwight College who in his/her four years at Yale best exemplifies qualities of academic excellence and athletic achievement.
GARSIDE CUP (1966). Given by the undergraduates of the College as a tribute to Charles Garside, Jr., Fellow of Timothy Dwight 1957-66, and awarded annually to that senior in the College who has most highly distinguished him/herself in the field of history.
GORDON CUP (1946). Richardson Dilworth, B.A. 1938, in memory of his classmate, Edward McGuire Gordon. Awarded each year to that member of the senior class in Timothy Dwight who, by character, personality and leadership, and by participation in the activities of the University has inspired in others a devotion to the finest traditions of Yale.
O’CONNOR AWARD (1972). Mr. and Mrs. Robert O’Connor, in memory of their daughter Susan Redden O’Connor, Class of 1973. Awarded each year to the senior who expresses the eager, generous, joyful spirit that Susan brought to Timothy Dwight College.
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JOHN CHESTER ADAMS CUP. Commemorates one of the original Fellows. Given to a senior for scholarship, character, and loyalty.
ARTS PRIZE (1967). Established by Masters and Fellows. Awarded at Commencement to that senior who has created a work of art, or who has interpreted creatively the artistic work of others with distinction and merit, while carrying out the objectives of his/her major.
EDGAR J. BOELL PRIZE (1975). Colleagues, students, and friends of Professor Boell. Awarded annually to a senior in Jonathan Edwards College, chosen by the Master and Fellows of the College.
HENRY EDWARDS ELLSWORTH MEMORIAL (1960). Mrs. Ellsworth in memory of her husband, Henry Edwards Ellsworth, B.A. 1900. Awarded annually to a senior in Jonathan Edwards College who, in the opinion of the Master and Fellows, has written, as part of his/her program of studies, the most distinguished essay or carried out the most significant piece of research during the year.
FELLOWS’ PRIZE. For that member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest scholastic average during his/her entire undergraduate career at Yale.
ROBERT DUDLEY FRENCH AWARD. Named for the first Master, this award is given to a senior for intellectual leadership.
NEW PRIZE (1960). Designed to recognize a senior whose mind and character and whose activities and achievements at Yale (outside of Jonathan Edwards) have enhanced the distinction and repute of the College.
ROBERT PERKINS AWARD. Honors a senior or seniors who have participated in an outstanding way in intramural sports.
THE EMILY L. SASLOW (JE ’01) MEMORIAL PRIZE (2006). Awarded to a graduating member of the Jonathan Edwards College class who has written an exceptional senior essay on a constitutional issue. If such an essay has not been submitted in a given year, senior essays in American history or political science most relevant to a constitutional issue will be considered.
WILLIAM H. SCHUBART, JR., B.A. 1941, AWARD. Given in memory of a graduate of the College and awarded to a senior for “a piece of distinguished writing.”
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HERBERT AND JEAN CAHOON AWARD (1981). Anonymous alumnus of Morse. Awarded each year to that senior who, in the spirit of the Cahoons, has done the most for the larger New Haven community during his/her Yale career.
FELLOWS’ AWARD. One or two prizes are awarded each year to the graduating Morse senior(s) who has (have) made the greatest contributions to the life of the College.
THE MASTER’S CUP (1982). Awarded each year to a graduating senior who exemplifies high academic rank and scholarly achievement.
WESLEY M. OLER IV AWARD (1978). In honor of the first Morse student to win the Yale College award for athletic leadership and sportsmanship in intercollege competition. Awarded annually to the graduating senior who has made the most significant contribution to Morse athletics throughout his/her four-year career.
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ATHLETIC CUP (1948). Established by a group of the Fellows and given “to that member of the College, who, in the opinion of a Committee of Fellows, has contributed the most to the athletic life of the College with respect not only to the extent of participation but also to the qualities of leadership and sportsmanship displayed.”
LAWTON CALHOUN CUP. Established by friends and family of the late Lawton M. Calhoun, Jr., B.A. 1963, and given “to that member of the College who, in the opinion of the Master, has done the most to make Pierson a happy place.”
JOSEPH W. GORDON CUP (1988). Established by the students of Pierson College. To be awarded annually by the Master and the Dean “to the Pierson senior who has best demonstrated the conspicuous service to Pierson College exemplified by Joseph W. Gordon during his tenure as Acting Master of Pierson, 1987-88.”
JOSEPH W. NATURALE CUP. Named for Joseph W. Naturale and “in the spirit of his enthusiastic participation in all areas of College life, annually this award will be given to the freshman who best exemplifies such involvement.”
POLUNIN CUP (1955). Established with the gift of the permanent scholarship cup by Dr. Nicholas Polunin who, as a Henry Fellow from Oxford, lived in the College in 1933-34 and again in 1955. Given to a graduating senior in Pierson “for personal quality and scholastic achievement.”
MARY CHRISTINE WARFIELD AWARD (1990). This award is given in honor of the late Mary Christine Warfield (PC 1991). To be awarded annually to the Pierson student who has exhibited strength in the face of physical or other adversity, remaining determined and hopeful despite his or her situation. The recipient will also have an excellent academic record.
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MARY CASNER PRIZE (1974). Donated by the Saybrook College Council to honor Mary Casner, a devoted member of the Saybrook community. To be awarded by the Master and Dean to that senior who, in their opinion, has contributed most to the spirit and quality of life in Saybrook during his/her career at Yale.
FELLOWS’ PRIZE (1957). Fellows of the College. Three prizes are usually awarded each year to seniors for distinguished intellectual achievement above and beyond the call of academic duty, in order to single out accomplishments of unusual enterprise and imagination, in various fields of study, which might remain unrecognized by the regular University awards for high scholarship.
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STEVE ADAMS PRIZE (1984) Given by the Duke’s Men of 1983-84 in memory of Steve Adams, Class of 1986. Awarded annually to the graduating Silliman senior who through community service and the performing arts best exemplifies a love of life, an enthusiasm, and a concern for others which earned Steve the admiration and affection of his peers.
ALAN M. BATEMAN SCIENCE PRIZE (1967). Alan M. Bateman, Ph.D. 1913, a Fellow of the College. Awarded to a senior majoring in the natural sciences for overall excellence in the sciences during his/her years of residence at Silliman.
CHARLES E. CLARK MEMORIAL AWARD. Named for Charles E. Clark, B.A. 1911, a Fellow of the College, and awarded to a senior for high standing and academic excellence during the student’s residence at Silliman.
V. BROWNE IRISH. Established by Thomas W. Irish, SM ’55, in memory of his father V. Browne Irish ’25, will be awarded annually to that member of the senior class of Silliman College who has excelled in the performing arts for at least two years and who through effort in performance and encouragement of fellow students has contributed to the nurturing and flourishing of the performing arts in the College and the University.
SCHULZ PRIZE. Awarded in memory of George J. Schulz, Professor of Engineering and Applied Science and Fellow of Silliman College, to a senior majoring in the physical sciences or in mathematics for academic excellence during residence in Silliman College
SILLIMAN CUP. Awarded to the senior who has contributed most to the life of the College.
BENJAMIN SILLIMAN ESSAY PRIZE (1976). Sherwood E. Silliman, Class of 1923, LL.B. 1925, an Associate Fellow of the College. Awarded each year to a senior in the College who writes the best essay perpetuating the memory of Professor Benjamin Silliman or his son, Professor Benjamin Silliman, Jr.
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HERBERT M. ATHERTON CUP. Awarded to a senior for outstanding contributions to Ezra Stiles intramural athletics.
RICHARD B. SEWALL CUP. Given to a senior for outstanding scholarly achievement and creative promise.
GARY STEIN MEMORIAL INTERNSHIP. Established in memory of Gary Stein, Ezra Stiles 1976, who died tragically in December, 1974, in New Haven. Awarded to an undergraduate for a summer research project that will help bring about practical effects of a scientific, social, or educational nature.
ERNEST F. THOMPSON CUP. Awarded to a senior for outstanding contributions to the life of Ezra Stiles College.
VON STADEN CUP. Awarded to a senior who most consistently challenged the social and intellectual conscience of the College.
WILMANNS-LIDZ CUP. Awarded to a senior whose presence most clearly has enhanced the morale of the College.
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ROBERT E. LEWIS, JR., MEMORIAL TROPHY. For that Yale College senior who best demonstrates the ideals of athletic leadership and sportsmanship in intercollege competition.
JOHN SPANGLER NICHOLAS CUP. Awarded to that senior who has achieved the highest academic rank.
JOHN SPANGLER NICHOLAS PRIZE (1964). Mrs. Nicholas in memory of her husband, John Spangler Nicholas, Ph.D. 1921. For a junior in Trumbull College of outstanding character and leadership to be selected by the Master and Fellows of the College.
JOHN SPANGLER NICHOLAS SCHOLARSHIP (1964). Friends andassociates of Mr. Nicholas. For a student of sterling character and high intellectual ability.
DEAN TEMPLE MEMORIAL TROPHY. Awarded to a senior for distinguished performance in intercollege athletics.
TRUMBULL FELLOWS’ PRIZE. For that student who has done the most to encourage student-faculty relations.