Award Descriptions

National Awards

Award Description
Phi Beta Kappa, Eta Chapter of Minnesota

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Students who have excelled in the study of liberal arts are elected each year by a faculty committee of local chapter members. Election criteria include a record of high achievement in liberal arts courses and majors, competency in math and foreign language, and demonstration of a love of learning as evidenced by the depth and breadth of a student's college career. The Gustavus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the Eta chapter of Minnesota, was approved in 1982 and formally chartered in April 1983.

Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program. Through the auspices of the program, students are selected each year to study or conduct research in more than 100 nations. The program is designed to give recent graduates opportunities for personal development and international experience while promoting cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is a prestigious national scholarship for majors in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. It was authorized by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and politician. The scholarship supports college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in science, mathematics and engineering. Nominees are selected from a larger pool and advance based on a strong commitment to and a significant contribution in research. A Goldwater Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to $7,500 per year.

Rossing Physics Scholars

Generous gifts from Dr. Thomas D. Rossing established The Rossing Fund for Physics Education Endowment which is administered by the Congregational and Synodical Mission unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The scholarship awards up to $10,000 for outstanding sophomore or junior physics students at ELCA-related colleges or universities.

Swedish Council of America (SCA) Humanities Award

Inaugurated in 2014, this scholarship consists of a $4,000 travel stipend for a study experience in Sweden. Eligible nominees must be outstanding, full-time undergraduate students with humanities majors and demonstrated interest in Sweden or a field that is especially prominent in Sweden. Recipients will be selected from a list of candidates nominated by the presidents of the six “Swedish Heritage” institutions.

Swedish Council of America (SCA) Glenn T. Seaborg Science Scholarship

The Glenn T. Seaborg Science Scholarship has been granted annually since 1979 to an outstanding math or science student attending one of the six colleges founded by Swedish immigrants. Nominees are named from each college and a single recipient is selected to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies and receptions in Stockholm, Sweden. Students also participate in the week-long SYISS (Stockholm Youth International Science Seminar), where the emerging international scientists present their research to hundreds of Swedish students and academics.

Swedish Council of America (SCA) Language Award

This scholarship awards a $2,000 travel stipend for a study abroad experience in Sweden. Nominees are outstanding undergraduates with demonstrated interest in Sweden and who plan to study Swedish language while abroad in Sweden. Recipients are selected from a candidates nominated by each president of the six “Swedish Heritage” institutions as well as other selected colleges and universities.

Donald G. Paterson Award

The Paterson Award is presented to the outstanding psychology major in Minnesota as determined by research paper competition at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference. Annually, each of the state’s colleges and universities nominates one outstanding major for the competition, and this year the Gustavus nominee earned the honor.

Boren Award

The Boren Scholarship, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provides funding for U.S. undergraduates to study less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Udall Undergrad Scholarship

The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris and Stewart Udall, whose political careers had a positive impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The scholarship recognizes sophomores and juniors who excel in leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to the environment or Native American nations. The Foundation awards 50 scholarships, nationally, up to $7,000 each. The awardees also participate in a weeklong conference with current and past Udall scholars.

George T. and Emma Torrison Scholarship

The Dr. George and Emma J. Torrison Scholarship Fund provides grants to students who intend to pursue medical careers to alleviate presently incurable diseases. Candidates must be accepted into a medical school and hold membership in a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Awards are given based on personal history, academic promise, and stated career goals.

Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Award for Civic Engagement

This award is given to an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership evidenced by initiative, innovative, and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.


College Awards

Award Description
Guild of St. Ansgar

The Guild of St. Ansgar, which is named for the first Christian missionary to the Scandinavians (and in honor of St. Ansgar’s Academy, the name by which the College was known in the first decade following its founding), is an honorary society for seniors at the College. It was established in the spring of 1952 in response to a desire to recognize the overall achievements—scholarship, leadership, and participation in extracurricular activities—of graduating seniors.

Guild of St. Lucia

The Guild of St. Lucia was established in 1957 and named for a saint revered by the Swedish people, celebrating the College’s Swedish heritage. It honors women who have achieved academic success, displayed leadership qualities, and provided service to the College. Fifteen juniors are elected in the spring of each year, with outgoing seniors initiating new members in service projects.

Magnuson Award

Established in 1991 and annually supported by the Hon. Paul Magnuson ’59, chief judge of the U.S. Federal District Court in St. Paul and former trustee of the College, to recognize the significant contributions that individual students and student groups make to campus life. Each year, outstanding students and student organizations are nominated by fellow students, faculty, administrators, or staff for recognition and a selection committee assembled by the dean of students reviews nominations and determines honorees in three categories: individual student leaders, campus organizations, and student-initiated events.

R. John VanDeusen Award

Recognizes a student who overcame extraordinary adversity on the path to graduation.

Ovanlig Award

Established in 1999 by Tim Flatt ’91 and Tracie Kurth ’94 and awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated leadership in raising campus awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender rights and concerns.

Schwalm-Brostrom Leadership in Service Award

Established in 2000 by Ann Schwalm Schwanke ’69 and her husband, Dr. Arlyn Schwanke, with gratitude for the example of her parents, Mark and Helen Schwalm, and for the encouragement of Gustavus mentors Milton Brostrom ’49, professor emeritus of mathematics and computer science, and his wife, Elaine, retired director of public affairs. The award recognized a current Gustavus sophomore, junior, or senior who in his or her voluntary and community service for the benefit of those outside the Gustavus campus, “models an understanding of vocation and leadership embodied in creative, innovative, and extraordinary efforts or new initiatives that respond to the needs of society.”

Bruce A. Gray Diversity Honors Award Recognizes the ongoing efforts and accomplishments of up to three students who embody and exemplify the values of diversity, inclusion, and principles of social justice at Gustavus.
Gerhard T. Alexis Scholars Endowed by a gift from Jane and H. Bradford Thompson and presented annually, beginning in 1983-84, to the junior student or students (as determined by credits) with the highest cumulative GPA following the previous spring semester. It is named for the distinguished English professor (taught 1947-1983).
Albert G. Swanson Scholars

Endowed by a gift from Jane and H. Bradford Thompson and presented annually, beginning in 1983–84, to the senior student or students (as determined by credits) with the highest cumulative GPA following the previous spring semester. It is named for the distinguished academic dean and mathematics professor who also served as acting president of the College (1968–69).


Department Awards

Award Description

Art and Art History

Dean's Art Word

Award given to a rising junior art major to purchase supplies and materials for the senior art seminar. The recipient is chosen by the Art and Art History Department faculty on the basis of his or her promise as an artist.

Art and Art History

President's Art Award

Established in 2017, the President's Art Prize is awarded to a student whose work demonstrates exceptional merit, formally and conceptually, as selected by the studio art and art history faculty.


Rubert Anderson Research Award

Established by the Department of Biology in 1985 to honor the late biochemist Rubert S. Anderson for his philanthropy to the department, it recognizes outstanding academic achievement in biology.


J.A. Edquist Award

Named after an early professor of biology and botany at Gustavus (1889–1930), the award recognizes outstanding academic achievement in biology.


Charles L. Hamrum Award

Established in 1982 by a group of graduates who had entered the field of entomology, this award is given annually in honor of the late biology professor, a member of the Class of 1947 (taught 1949–1988), for his contributions to and influence on their careers. The group also set up a scholarship endowment fund in Hamrum’s name. The award was first presented in 1984 and recognizes the achievements of an upperclass student majoring in biology.


Outstanding Service Award

Presented annually to recognize a student or students for outstanding service to the department.


American Chemical Society Division of Organic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

The ACS’s Division of Organic Chemistry sponsors annual awards to undergraduate students enrolled in programs emphasizing organic chemistry and who have completed at least one full year of study. The faculty determines other criteria and selects one outstanding student, who receives a complimentary one-year division membership.


American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry Award

Presented by the faculty to recognize outstanding achievement by a chemistry major during the first two semesters of organic chemistry.


American Institute of Chemists Award

Presented by the faculty to an outstanding chemistry major who plans to pursue graduate study in the field.


Analytical Chemistry Award

Sponsored by the American Chemical Society and awarded to an outstanding student pursuing interests in analytical chemistry.


Anderson Summer Scholar

The Anderson Summer Scholars Fund was established with a gift from Robert T. and Barbara K. Anderson family in 2014. The Anderson family has established this endowment fund in an effort to support future men and women who desire a liberal arts chemistry education at Gustavus. Students with strong promise of success in the research lab are selected to conduct intensive summer research projects with a Gustavus faculty member. Award is given once every 3-4 years.


Freshman Chemistry Award

Presented to the top first-year chemistry student or students at the completion of the general chemistry course.


Hypercube Award 

Sponsored by Hypercube, Inc., a computative chemistry software company located in Gainesville, Fla., and first awarded in 2000. It is presented annually to the outstanding student in physical chemistry as selected by the department faculty.


The Society of Classical Studies (SCS) Award

The American Philological Association, now known as the Society for Classical Studies (SCS), has invited member colleges and universities to recognize an outstanding student in classics annually since 2009 and has presented outstanding achievement awards to the students so designated by the department faculty.


Eta Sigma Phi National Classics Honor Society, Epsilon Xi Chapter (inducted 2018)

Founded at the University of Chicago in 1914 and chartered as a national honor society in 1924; a local chapter, Epsilon Xi, was established in 1981.


The Flory-Freiert Fellowship

The Flory-Freiert Fellowship Fund was established in 2010 with the support of friends of Gustavus classics and named in honor of Marleen and Stewart Flory and Patricia and William Freiert, the four distinguished classicists who built the Classics Department and gave it more than 120 years of combined service. The Fellowship offers students the opportunity to pursue their interests in classics by funding a project of their own design through an award of up to $2,000. The awarding of Fellowship funds began in 2013 and will initially occur in alternate years, switching to an annual basis when additional funds become available. Recipients need not be classics majors; however, the proposed project should demonstrate a substantial connection to the field of classics broadly defined.


Kehm Smith Award

The award includes the cost of tuition for a Gustavus classics major to participate in the Santa Susana Excavation Project in Redondo, Portugal, during the coming summer. It was made possible through the generosity of Gustavus alumna and classics major Emily Kehm Smith '06 and her husband, Austin. 


J.A. Youngquist Award in Classics

Presented annually, beginning in 1986, homini summe omnium doctrinarum studioso, and awarded to the senior student in the department with the top academic record. It was established in 1984 by Professor Emeritus Rufus Logan (taught 1939–1974) and his wife, Marion Youngquist Logan, a 1924 graduate, to honor the memory of her father, Professor J.A. Youngquist, a member of Gustavus’s first graduating class in 1890 and a longtime professor of classics (taught 1892–1942).


Professor J.A. and Hilda Youngquist Adeline Andreen and Ruth Youngquist Memorial Scholarship

Endowed scholarship established in 1948 in memory of the late classics professor (taught 1892–1942) and his wife by their three daughters, Ruth Youngquist, attended 1914–1916, Adeline Andreen, Class of 1917, and Marion Logan, Class of 1924; augmented in 1984 by Rufus and Marion Youngquist Logan and awarded to an outstanding major in classics, as nominated by the faculty.


Marleen B. Flory Award

Established by the Department of Classics and former students, under the leadership of Mary Jaeger, Class of 1982, and first awarded in the spring of 2002 in memory of Marleen Flory, who taught in the Department of Classics from 1978 to 2001; it serves as a living reminder of the legacy of her teaching, her influence on students, and her contributions to the academic life of the College. The award is given every other year to a student deemed by the classics faculty to have contributed most to the advancement of classics, as demonstrated by proficiency in ancient languages, promise in scholarship and research, and leadership and service within the department, to Eta Sigma Phi, and to the field of classics.


The Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS) Award

The Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS) Award recognizes outstanding accomplishment in Undergraduate Classical Studies.

 Communications Studies

John E. Braun Award for Outstanding Achievement in Communication Studies

Named for Professor Emeritus John Braun (taught 1971–2001) and awarded to a junior or senior communication studies major who demonstrates outstanding service and/or exceptional dedication to the study of the major; recipients are chosen by vote of department faculty.

 Communications Studies

William G. Robertz Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Communication Studies

Named for Professor Emeritus William Robertz ’51 (taught 1957–1995) and awarded to a graduating senior communication studies major who demonstrates academic excellence in the major and outstanding potential for success in graduate school; recipients are selected by the department faculty.

Communications Studies

Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society in Communication Studies

Established in 1985 at the University of Arkansas, Lambda Pi Eta became part of the National Communication Association (NCA) in 1988 and the NCA’s official national undergraduate honor society in 1995. The Gustavus chapter, Psi, is a charter member.

Economics and Management

Logan Scholarship in Economics and Management

Established in 1984 by the Logans and first awarded in 1986 to an outstanding junior economics and management major or majors nominated by the faculty.

Economics and Management

Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study

Gustavus alumnae Mark Henneman ’83 and Terri Henneman ’83 established the Mairs and Power Award for Investment Study. The Mairs and Power Award will provide scholarships, to one or more senior Gustavus students who are pursuing an education in finance and investment. The Mairs and Power Award will also support the scholarship recipient through the Charter Financial Analyst Level 1 exam to be taken in June following graduation from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Economics and Management

Minnesota Society of CPAs


Economics and Management

Minnesota Society of CPAs - Southern Chapter


Economics and Management

In 1997, Terry Skone ’62 and his wife, Lois, mother of Sarah Lange ’00, established the Student Investment Club at Gustavus to give students a “hands-on” opportunity to learn about and invest in the stock market. When the portfolio of the club exceeds a given level, the earnings are used as student scholarships, according to the College’s established policies. Priority is given to students intending to major in the economics and management department, or who are planning careers in banking, finance, or entrepreneurship.


Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education 

Organized as the Illinois Education club in 1911 to recognize excellence in education, the society elects those to membership who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching professions. The Gustavus chapter, Phi Mu, was chartered in 1995.


Gerhard T. Alexis English Prize 

Named in honor of the distinguished professor (taught 1947–1983) and awarded annually, beginning in 1984, for excellence in English studies.


Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society, Pi Rho Chapter

Founded as the English Club at Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D., in 1922 and chartered as a national honor society in 1924; the Gustavus chapter, Pi Rho, was established in 1982.


Lawrence S. Owen Prize in Creative Writing

Named in honor of the distinguished professor (taught 1963–1996) and awarded annually, beginning in 1998, for excellence in creative writing.

Environmental Studies

Robert Moline Environmental Studies Program "Cherish the Earth" Award

Established in 1998 to honor Professor Emeritus Robert Moline (taught 1961–1998), the founder and longtime director of the Environmental Studies Program at Gustavus. Awarded annually for excellence in environmental studies, and for awareness of and commitment to environmental issues.

First Term Seminar

The First Term Seminar Excellence in Writing Award

The First Term Seminar Excellence in Writing Award recognizes excellence in written communication by the first-year student in a First Term Seminar (FTS) course. Professors of each FTS section may nominate one paper for the award and winning papers are selected in a blind review by a panel of faculty and senior students. 


Minneota GIS/LIS Outstanding Student Representative

Minnesota post-secondary colleges and universities that have recognized GIS program each select a student to be recognized as their GIS/LIS Outstanding Student Representative. All outstanding students so honored are given free registration for the annual state geography conference.


Aaron Insley Award for Excellence in Cartography and Geographic Information Science

The Aaron Insley Prize honors the groundbreaking work of former geography student Aaron Insley ’08, who was the first Gustavus GIS student to create animated maps for his final project. During Aaron’s senior year at Gustavus in November 2007, he was involved in a car accident and suffered a head injury from which he is still recovering.


National Council for Geographic Education Award

Presented to those senior geography majors who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and service.


Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society

Founded in 1928 at Illinois State University and chartered as a national honor society in 1931; the Gustavus chapter, Lambda Iota, was established in 2003.

Health and Exercise Science

Gary Reinholtz Outstanding Athletic Training Student Award

Honoring Gustavus’s first athletic training coordinator and certified athletic trainer (taught 1976–2004), who created the College’s first classes in athletic training in 1977 and was also instrumental in developing an AT major in 1986 and gaining national accreditation; since 2011 this award has been selected by faculty and staff annually to recognize the most exceptional student in the program.

Health and Exercise Science

Iota Tau Alpha National Athletic Training Education Honor Society

Established in 2004 at Troy University in Alabama; the Gustavus chapter was organized in 2010–11.


DeNault Essay Prize for Outstanding Essays in History

Presented for the first time in 1991, this prize was established in 1989 by John and Jean DeNault, friends of the College, to recognize the teaching ability of history professor Thomas A. Emmert (taught 1973–2011) by annually awarding prizes for the finest undergraduate paper or papers in the field of history.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Hollingsworth Key

Presented annually since 1970 to the senior male athlete with the highest scholastic average, the award is a continuation of the Myrum Key, which had been awarded from 1947 until 1969, and also carries on the tradition of the Schleuder Medal (awarded 1924–1951) and later the Langsjoen Medal (1952–1969). Professor emeritus, longtime coach, and athletics director Lloyd Hollingsworth (taught 1942–1982) assumed sponsorship of the award in 1970, and it is awarded now in his memory.

 Intercollegiate Athletics

Sponberg Memorial Basketball Trophy

Established by the Sponberg family in 1951 to honor the basketball player with the highest scholastic average.

 Intercollegiate Athletics

Evelyn Sponberg Young Award

Named in honor of the late Evelyn Sponberg Young, 1933 graduate, athlete, and longtime Dining Service director, and presented annually since 1977 to the senior woman athlete who has maintained the highest scholastic grade point average and has received at least four varsity awards.


Patricia Lindell Research Paper Award


The Patricia Lindell Research Prize/Paper is awarded by the library faculty for a Gustavus academic course paper that demonstrates excellent use of source material.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics

John Borneman Prize Par Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship

Named in memory of the 1955 graduate by his family and presented annually to an outstanding student in physics and/or mathematics and computer science, as nominated by the faculties of both departments.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics

Corey Ervin Prize for Outstanding Contribution to the Department

Established in 1999 through a memorial gift to the MCS and IT departments of the College from Ann and David Hovda, mother and stepfather of Corey Ervin, a mathematics major whose degree was awarded posthumously in 1999 after he was killed in an automobile accident in November 1998. The award, first presented in 2000, goes to a department major judged by the faculty to have provided outstanding leadership and service in the department during his or her college career.

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics

Lester Lundberg Prize in Mathematics

Established in 1999 by Jocie Lunderberg, widow of Lester Lundberg '28, to honor a student preparing for a teaching career in mathematics. It was first awarded in 2015.

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society

Dobro Slovo was originally founded as a local Slavic honorary society on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, in 1926. In 1963, with the help and encouragement of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages, Dobro Slovo became the National Slavic Honor Society. The Gustavus chapter was chartered in 2005.

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Pi Delta Phi National Honor Society in French

Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. After nearly 20 years as a local chapter, the society declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925. The Gustavus chapter, Iota Upsilon, was established in 1986.

Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Sigma Delta Pi National Honor Society in Spanish

Established in 1919 as La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica at the University of California, Berkeley; the Gustavus chapter, Nu Upsilon, was chartered in 1979.


Pi Kappa Lambda National Honor Society in Music

Founded at the University of Illinois in 1918; the Gustavus chapter, Zeta Chi, was established in 1989.


Music for Peace Composition Prize

The Music for Peace Composition Prize recognizes an outstanding original music composition composed to promote the cause of peace.


Nu Rho Psi Honor Society of Neuroscience

Founded in 2006 by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience. The Gustavus chapter was established in 2015.


Faye M. Hershey Prize in Nursing

Established in 1992 by mathematics professor Barbara Knight Kaiser to honor the memory of her grandmother, Faye M. Hershey, a dedicated volunteer worker in nursing throughout her lifetime. This is an annual award made just prior to the senior year of a Gustavus Adolphus College student who shows promise as a prospective nurse and whose activities include volunteer work.


Senior Nursing Award for Academic Excellence

Awarded to the senior nursing student who has achieved the highest academic record; the award was established in 1985 and first presented in 1986.


Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Founded in 1922 at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses in Indianapolis; a local chapter, Chi-at-large, was established in 1990.


John Borneman Prize Par Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship

Named in memory of the 1955 graduate by his family and presented annually to an outstanding student in physics and/or mathematics and computer science, as nominated by the faculties of both departments.


Julian A. Crawford Memorial Physics Award

Named in memory of the former chair of the physics department (1967–1969) and awarded to the student with “the greatest potential for contributing to physics and society.”


Harold Q. Fuller and Richard M. Fuller Physics Achievement Award

Established in 1997 by Emeritus Professor Richard Fuller (taught 1968–1999) and his wife, Judith, to honor his late father, a physics professor and dean at the University of Missouri, for his father’s lifetime commitment to the teaching of young people, and also to mark his own 30+ year career at Gustavus. The awards are designated to encourage first-year physics students.


Milward T. Rodine Memorial Physics Award 

Named for the longtime professor of physics (taught 1933–1969) and awarded to a junior major on the basis of interests and scholarly achievements.


Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society

Founded in 1921 at Davidson College in North Carolina and chartered as a national honor society in 1925; the Gustavus chapter was established in 2004.

 Political Science

Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society in Political Science

Founded in 1920 at the University of Texas, the national political science honor society now has more than 425 chapters nationwide; the Gustavus chapter, Pi Gamma, was established in 1986.

Political Science

Political Science Writing Award 

Honoring the students whose papers written for political science classes are judged by department faculty to be exemplary in their written expression, imaginative ideas, and depth of research. This award continues a department tradition initiated in 1987.

Political Science

Ronald S. and Rolf S. Christenson Scholarship

Awarded to a junior political science major judged exemplary in the excellence, depth, and imagination of his or her academic performance in political science and who has a demonstrated interest in public service.

Psychological Science

Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology

Founded in 1929 at the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University; a Gustavus chapter was established in 1988.


George Hall Prize for Scholarship in Religion

Named for the longtime religion professor (taught 1938–1956) and awarded annually in May, beginning in 1980, to a senior majoring or minoring in religion who exhibits excellence in research, writing, and class participation. (The student listed above is the previous year’s recipient, as the award for the current year is announced after Honors Day.)


Theta Alpha Kappa Religion Honor Society

Founded in 1976 at Manhattan College, Riverdale, N.Y.; a Gustavus chapter was established in 2002.


Theta Alpha Kappa Undergraduate Achievement Award

The Theta Alpha Kappa Undergraduate Achievement Award is awarded biennially by the Gustavus TAK chapter and recognizes excellence in the study of religion.
Scandinavian Studies

Hasselquist Scandinavian Scholars Award

Awarded to students who wish to study abroad anywhere in Scandinavia, with preference given to Scandinavian Studies majors and minors, with at least one award reserved for a student who wishes to study at Uppsala University in Sweden (per the donor’s preferences).

Sociology and Anthropology

Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology

Alpha Kappa Delta is the international honor society in Sociology, founded in 1928. The local AKD chapter, Kappa of Minnesota, was established in 1995 and is committed to the ideals of scholarship as a means to serve humanity.

Sociology and Anthropology

Floyd M. Martinson Award

Endowment established by the late Research Professor Floyd Martinson (taught 1945–1982) and his wife, Beatrice, in 1986 to fund an annual award beginning in the 1986–87 school year. The award is designed to recognize an outstanding student as selected by the department faculty.

Theatre and Dance

Distinguished Dance Student Award

Given annually to a student participating in the dance department who has made the greatest contribution to dance as a leader and artist while demonstrating excellence and distinction in his or her work. Nominations are submitted annually by the dance faculty; final selection is determined by both theatre and dance faculty. Each recipient’s name will appear on the Distinguished Dance Student plaque displayed in the Anderson Theatre lobby.

Theatre and Dance

Elco Corporation Award

Presented to the female student who has made the greatest contribution to excellence in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Recipients’ names are recorded on a plaque displayed in the Anderson Theatre lobby.

Theatre and Dance

Arthur Lundgren Theatre Prize

Presented to the male student who has made the greatest contribution to excellence in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Recipients’ names are recorded on a plaque displayed in the Anderson Theatre lobby.

Theatre and Dance

Outstanding Leadership in Theatre/Dance for Social Justice

Awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, sustained commitment, and creative spirit in the pursuit of positive social change through performance. In recognition of Professor Amy Seham's profound commitment to this work, this award will be re-named The Amy Seham Award for Outstanding Leadership in Social Justice Theatre/Dance upon her retirement. Recipients are chosen by faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Theatre and Dance

Outstanding Student in Performance Design

Awarded to an upper-class student who has demonstrated outstanding creativity, commitment, and collaboration in design and technology of scenery, costumes, lights or sound. Recipients are chosen by the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Dance

Additional Academic Excellence Awards

Award Description
Edward and Patty Lindell Scholarship

Endowment established in 1980 by members of the Class of 1980 in honor of the 11th president of the College (served 1975–1980) and his wife. The scholarship is designated for a senior student to be selected by the Office of the Dean of Students in the spring prior to his or her senior year on the basis of “academic achievement, service and leadership to the Gustavus Adolphus community, and participation in its livelihood.”

Alfhild and Carl Maedl Presidential Scholarships

Endowed scholarships originally established in 1999 with gifts from the Maedls and awarded annually (1999–2005) to two outstanding students—one in the sciences or mathematics and one in the humanities or fine arts. A revised agreement taking effect in 2008–09 established awards for the top Presidential Scholarship recipients from each area, as determined by GPA, for use in the students’ senior year.

Swanson Holcomb Undergraduate Research Fellows Swanson Holcomb research grants are awarded annually to students submitting proposals for independent study in the natural or behavioral sciences. Funds come in part from a bequest by Dr. O.W. Holcomb, former chief of staff at Bethesda Lutheran Medical Center in St. Paul. Additional funds are provided by the Sigma Xi-Albert G. Swanson Fund, which was established as the seed for an undergraduate research fund in 1971 by Martha M. Swanson to honor her husband, the longtime mathematics professor and academic dean at the College (taught 1947–1969). In 1998, members of the Swanson family made additional contributions to recognize their mother and to encourage quality student research in the natural and behavioral sciences.