Scott Center Awards

Each spring, the Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life awards students and student groups who have done outstanding work in the areas of spiritual life leadership, innovation, and interfairth cooperation. 


Click on the links below to nominate a student or group for this year's awards.  Deadline is March 17.

Spiritual Life Leadership Award

Interfaith Cooperation Award

Spiritual Life Innovation Award


Marcia Kraft Goin ’54


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Charlie MacCormack, an English major and member of the class of 1963, didn’t waste any time after graduation. With his Middlebury diploma in hand, he went on to pursue a master’s in international relations and then a PhD at Columbia University.


Alumni Plaque Recipients


Elizabeth "Betty" Blanchard Robinson, 1942

Marshall Sewell, 1937


Jean Rau Dawes, 1961

Churchill G. Franklin, 1971


Jean Seeler-Gifford, 1960

Michael J. Robinson, 1960


Class of 2013



For the Class of 2013

OCTOBER 8, 2010

4:30 PM

Davis Family Library, Harmon Reading Area



Mary Ellen Bertolini, Associate Director of Writing


Chelsea R. Edgar

Joshua E. Johnson


Katherine E. Anderson

Daniel B. Sauremilch


Adrienne C. Matunas












Ward Prize Nominees and Faculty

Ward Prize Nominees and Faculty



Prottoy Aman Akbar

Katherine E. Anderson

Urvashi Barooah

Adam Chase Benay

Kaitlin Buerge

Christopher Angelo De La Cruz

Brian John Foster

Christina A. Fox

Michael Thomas Gaffney

Leandro N. Giglioli

Grace C. Gohlke

Melanie Luise  Haas

Zachary Bartlett Hitchcock

Joshua E. Johnson

Vedika Khanna

Emma R. Loizeaux

Adrienne C. Matunas

Juan Sebastian  Munoz Rivera

Jaewon Oh

Joseph T. Radu

Daniel B. Sauermilch

Amy E. Schlueter

Charlotte Lan Steiner

Jacob P. H. Terwitte

Christine C. Wemette


Alumni Plaque Recipients


John Denny, 1985

Pat Makin, 1955


Bob Luce, 1959

Mary Porter Wright, 1979


Susan Patterson Nichols, 1978

Susan Handy Burdick, 1963

Charles "Chuck" Burdick, 1963


Elizabeth "Betty" Blanchard Robinson, 1942

Marshall Sewell, 1937


Jean Rau Dawes, 1961

Churchill G. Franklin, 1971


Jean Seeler-Gifford, 1960

Michael J. Robinson, 1960


Student and Faculty Work

Students who wish to be considered for departmental honors must complete a senior thesis. Theses take a year to research and write, and are generally at least 80 pages in length. For a list of past theses, as well as a list of recipients of selected departmental awards, click on the links to the left.

Awards and Prizes



Jon M. Groetzinger and Elinor Lee Groetzinger Award is awarded to a student who is graduating magna cum laude or summa cum laude and who plans to enter law school.  Established in 1998 by bequest of Jon Groetzinger P'71.

2012-2013 Recipient:  Benjamin Brink Sweeney
2011-2012 Recipient:  Joshua McIntosh Taylor
2010-2011 Recipient:  Timothy Douglas Miles
2009-2010 Recipient:  Avery Fox White
2008-2009 Recipient:  William Kirby Hackett
2007-2008 Recipient:  Thomas Nardini
2006-2007 Recipients:  Julia Jill Bredrup and Caroline L. Harrington
2005-2006 Recipient:  Katherine Webber Kern
2004-2005 Recipient:  Kiernan McAlpine

The Julian E. and Melba Jarrett Prize is awarded to that graduating Political Science major who excelled in the study of political philosophy, law, and American government. Established in 1982 by Glenn A. Jarrett, '70, in memory of his parents.

2012-2013 Recipient:  Wenbo Zhang
2011-2012 Recipients:  Alyssa Beatrice O'Gallagher and Michael William Polebaum 
2010-2011 Recipient:  Margaret Elizabeth Moslander and Conrad Ellison Trimbath
2009-2010 Recipient:   Heather Pangle
2008-2009 Recipient:   William Kirby Hackett
2007-2008 Recipient:   Conor Shaw
2006-2007 Recipient:   Caroline Harrington
2005-2006 Recipients:  Katherine Neill Doorely and Philip Kehl
2004-2005 Recipients:  Uzair Kayani and Kiernan McAlpine
2003-2004 Recipient:   Giorgi Areshidze
2002-2003 Recipient:   Samia Amin
2001-2002 Recipients:  Peter David Nestor and Jonathan Shapira
2000-2001 Recipients:  David Kenneth Cohen and Stephen Matthew Joyce
1999-2000 Recipients:  Irakly George Areshidze and Tobias Steven Dougherty
1998-1999 Recipient:  Ayse Zarakol
1997-1998 Recipient:  Damjan De Krnjevic Miskovic
1996-1997 Recipient:  Heather Barrett Thompson
1995-1996 Recipients: Justin James Bannett and Samy Karnal Khalil
1994-1995 Recipient:  William Brendan Murphy
1993-1994 Recipient:  Charles Kevin Marshall
1992-1993 Recipient:  Sarah C. Knowles and David Robert Upham
1991-1992 Recipient:  Gavin A. Symes
1990-1991 Recipient:  Mark David Flaherty
1989-1990 Recipient:  Daniel David Northrop
1988-1989 Recipient:  Paul Owen Carrese and Patricia Bauman
1987-1988 Recipient:  Christopher Douglas Hawkins
1986-1987 Recipient:  Edward Andrew Walpin
1985-1986 Recipient:  Dan Michael Kahan
1984-1985 Recipient:  Adam H. Arkel
1983-1984 Recipient:  Melissa Ann Pineault
1982-1983 Recipients: Hugh Kilpatrick Webster and George S. Shively
1981-1982 Recipient:  David Francis Taylor

The C.J. Neil Kvasnak Family Award is awarded to the graduating Political Science major who has excelled in the study of American politics, with special emphasis on state and local politics. Established in 1983 by the C.J. Neil Kvasnak family.

2012-2013 Recipient:  Sarah Mikva Pfander
2011-2012 Recipient:  Kathryn Lawlin Strangfeld
2010-2011 Recipient:  Jaime Leigh Fuller and Samuel Rockwood Hoar
2009-2010 Recipient:  Jesse Matthew Shron Gubb
2008-2009 Recipient:  Harriet Fox2004-2005 Recipient: Gregory Eriksen
2007-2008 Recipients: Emily Elisabeth Eliot and my Marie Shepard
2006-2007 Recipient:  Kathryn Anne Babin
2005-2006 Recipient:  Daniel Michael Coriell

The Katerina Kraus Prize recognizes outstanding work by a graduating Political Science major, with a preference for comparative or international politics. Established in 2011 by Lisa Giuffra Diaz ’84 in memory of Katerina Kraus, the late sister of Michael Kraus, Frederick C. Dirks Professor of Political Science at Middlebury.

2012-2013 Recipient:  Zoe Marie Hamilton
2011-2012 Recipient:  Kyle McHenry Hunter
2010-2011 Recipient:  Amanda Brezina Lowe

Graduating seniors head to American Dance Festival in North Carolina

Dance professor Penny Campbell reports:

Our graduating seniors in Dance are Simon Thomas-Train and Yina Ng. Together they represented the New England region of the American College Dance Festival Association at the National Dance Gala in New York City in the spring of 2008 with their duet, "It needs what we don’t want." In addition to their choreographic work, both received senior work fund grants to support their video work, which both presented in their joint senior concert in April 2009. Both also performed in the debut tour of Artist in Residence Tiffany Rhynard’s professional dance ensemble, Big Action Performance Ensemble, here at Middlebury and at other venues in New England. Simon continued to perform with "Big APE" in March at Town Hall Theatre.

Both Simon and Yina have received merit scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival (not to be confused with ACDFA mentioned above) this coming summer. ADF is the six-week summer dance event that began in 1934 at Bennington College, migrated to Mills and then to Connecticut College for many years before settling at Duke University in North Carolina. It is a premier meeting place for professionals dance in the country and the world.

These two graduating seniors in the Class of 2009, who participated in the Student Research Symposium both by showing excerpts from their duet in McCardell Bicentennial Hall moments before heading down to the Mahaney Center for the Arts for their senior concert, have had a fascinating trajectory together. Both are choreographers and videographers, each with a unique vision and aesthetic. And they are compelling, sparkling performers together. They should be performing their duet right there at graduation!

Because these two have been enormously close, both personally and artistically, it’s fitting that they will split the Mahlingaiah Family Dance Prize this year. Their paired trajectories just keep on trajecting!

Two Middlebury seniors awarded Compton Mentor Fellowships

Middlebury College seniors Walter “Tripp” Burwell of Raleigh, N.C., and Corinne Almquist of Randolph, N.J., have been selected from a national pool of nominees to receive the Compton Mentor Fellowship. The Compton Foundation, based in Redwood City, Calif., created the Mentor Fellowship Program to support the creativity and commitment of graduating seniors as they move beyond academics and into the world. The fellowship lasts for one year, with a stipend of $35,000, beginning and ending at the annual mid-June gathering of fellows held in the San Francisco area.