Class of 2020 Senior Honor Award Recipients
IVY DAY AWARDS
The Ivy Day Ceremony at the University of Pennsylvania is a tradition that dates to 1873. Held on the Saturday of Alumni Weekend, this annual ceremony recognizes outstanding graduating seniors for their leadership and service to the University community.
In addition to the presentation of senior honor awards, engagement prizes, class leadership and scholastic awards, the ceremony includes the unveiling of the class ivy stone, a traditional marker to symbolize each graduating class and their permanent connection to Penn.
The nomination period for the 2021 Ivy Day Awards is Feb 8th – Mar 1st at 11:59p ET. All awards with one exception are senior applicants only. Seniors may apply for multiple awards, and where noted, self-nominations are accepted. The Sol Feinstone Undergraduate Award is open to senior, junior, and sophomore applicants. After reviewing award descriptions, select the award’s name to access the nomination form.
Awards for Seniors
Spoon, Bowl, Cane and Spade for those who identify as men; Hottel Shield, Harnwell Flag, Goddard Loving Cup and Brownlee Skimmer Hat Awards for those who identify as women.
Nominees must be members in good academic standing of the Class of 2021(defined as those who matriculated at Penn in the fall of 2017, transfer students who matriculated at their previous school in the fall of 2017, or students who matriculated in the fall of 2018 but are graduating with the Class of 2021) who have actively contributed to campus life through activities and leadership. All nominees are placed on a ballot (one for men, one for women) which is distributed to a committee of staff members and the Senior Class Board. Through a voting process, the candidate pool will be narrowed to 15 men and 15 women. These 30 finalists are then voted upon by the entire Senior Class. The top 4 men and 4 women receive the awards on Ivy Day.
The Weiss Award recognizes distinguished academic achievement (minimum G.P.A. of 3.7) and significant leadership in undergraduate activities by members of the senior class. A committee of students and staff makes the final selection from the list of candidates. Ideally, nominees should be the most outstanding members of group (1) above.
This award, sponsored by Penn Alumni, is presented to members of the Senior Class on the May graduation roster (Nominees must be members in good academic standing of the Class of 2021 (defined as those who matriculated at Penn in the fall of 2017, transfer students who matriculated at their previous school in the fall of 2017, or students who matriculated in the fall of 2017 but are graduating with the Class of 2021) who have actively contributed to campus life through activities and leadership.
The selection committee recognizes that University service takes many different forms, including but not limited to academic, co-curricular, athletic, and community service. Alumni relations and/or advancement experience is not required. Applicants are asked to use the brief essay portion of this application to describe the nature of their contributions to the Penn community and provide meaningful examples of the same. This award will be given to no fewer than one and no more than five members of the senior class. A committee comprised of alumni makes the final selection from the list of candidates. There is no minimum G.P.A. requirement.
*The application deadline for the Student Award of Merit is 5pm on Friday, March 19, 2021.
Award for Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores
These awards may be presented to a senior, junior or sophomore who has contributed to “orderly and constructive social and educational change within or outside the University community.” Past recipients have included the undergraduate who established the first mental health student group in the nation; the creators of a Saturday African-centered enrichment program for local children; the organizers of a pre-orientation leadership program for first-year students; and the founder of the first and the only youth-led LGBT statewide organization in the nation. A committee of students, faculty, and staff will make the final selection from the list of candidates. (Keep in mind the fact that there must be a specific contribution, not just a list of activities).
All nominations should be submitted, using the online forms, by Monday, March 1st at 11:59p ET. Questions can be directed to Rodney Robinson.