Student Achievement Awards

Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award

The Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award, named for Penn State’s tenth president (1926-1947), recognizes a combination of high scholastic attainment together with good citizenship, and participation and leadership in student activities.

Contact: Office of Student Activities | 225A HUB | (814) 863-3786

The Eric A. Walker Award

The Eric A. Walker Award is presented annually to the student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities. Dr. Walker was president of the University from 1956 to 1970.

Contact: Office of Student Activities | 225A HUB | (814) 863-3786

The John W. Oswald Award

The John W. Oswald Award, established in 1983, annually recognizes graduating seniors who have provided outstanding leadership in at least one of several areas of activity at the University. John W. Oswald was president of the University from 1970 to 1983.

The Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award

The Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award annually recognizes a senior man and woman who have successful athletic participation with academic excellence. Ernest B. McCoy was dean of Penn State’s College of Physical Education and the University’s athletic director from 1952 to 1970.

Contact: Department of Athletics | 102 Bryce Jordan Center | (814) 863-3404

Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award

This award recognizes one junior, senior or graduate student for outstanding
efforts to enhance the understanding of diverse cultures and create a
community where all individuals are accepted and valued equally. The award
is named for its benefactor, a Penn State alumnus.