The Chris Ventresca Memorial Award: Established and endowed by the Classes of 1998 and the Ventresca family in honor of Hobart student Chris Ventresca ’98. Awarded annually to a rising Hobart or William Smith sophomore who best exemplifies the qualities and characteristics demonstrated by Chris and loved by his family, friends and peers. The recipient is a student who, like Chris, in their first year, shows interminable energy, undaunted enthusiasm, spirited involvement, outstanding devotion to family and friends, and most notably, genuine love for these Colleges.
The William Smith First-Year Dean’s Award: Awarded to the William Smith first-year who shows a deep commitment to liberal arts learning, inclusive excellence in their service to and involvement in the community, and whose actions have positive consequence for the lives of others.
The William Smith 100th Anniversary Prize: To the sophomore or junior who has worked to improve the quality of women’s lives both here at the college and in the wider community.
The Richard Reinitz Prize: A prize to a rising senior at William Smith with a Humanities or Individual Major, to be granted in recognition of the qualities we cherished in Richard Reinitz. Outspoken in his commitment to justice and to the life of the mind, Richard encouraged action and intellectual vitality in others. He was delighted but never surprised to find these attributes in his students and sought constantly to cultivate them in us all.
The William Smith Congress Award:
To the William Smith senior who has made an outstanding contribution to the College community.
The Gloria Robinson Lowry ’52 Award:
To the William Smith student of color who, in the opinion of William Smith Congress, has exhibited an energetic and enthusiastic desire to bridge the cultural interstices on campus.
The Natasha E. Smith Award: To a William Smith student of color in the junior class who has demonstrated a dedicated commitment to children through education and community service.
The Betsy Bullock Mitchell ’65 Award: Awarded to the graduating senior who best encompasses everything that we remember about Betsy: vitality, compassion, courage, enthusiasm, unique flair, a welcoming presence, and love for her William Smith classmates.
The Tara Michelle Espinosa ’98 Memorial Award: To a graduating student who plans to pursue graduate school for occupational therapy, physical therapy, or other medical studies at the graduate school level. The student will be selected based on leadership, scholarship, and community service attributes and will possess a willingness to put forth effort above and beyond expectations to reach personal goals despite health challenges and lifetime obstacles.
The Stephanie J. Volan ’91 Memorial Award: For a senior member of the William Smith residence staff who has demonstrated the qualities we valued and respected in Stephanie: enthusiasm, self-assurance, loyalty, generosity, and academic commitment.
The Lisa S. Steinberg ’91 Memorial Service Award: Given in memory of Lisa’s generous ethic of service, as evidenced by her sustained involvement with the Literacy Corps and her profound commitment to making the world a better place for everyone.
- Catherine Sherwood
- Alexis Tierney
James Henderson Award: To be awarded to a Hobart or William Smith student of color who embodies the spirit of Dean Henderson and his love of learning and athletics.
The William Smith Dean’s Office Prize:
This award honors a William Smith senior who embodies the mission of the William Smith Dean’s office: helping students move forward in their lives, mentoring women and girls, setting an example of leadership and always striving for excellence.
The Elizabeth Eaton White Award:
To the students at each college who has shown the most promise in pursuing a successful humanitarian career.
- Annika Linden
- Katherine Foley
The Judith Lowe Hyatt ’57 Prize: Established by the Class of 1957 to honor the memory of Judith Lowe Hyatt and to honor a William Smith student who has made an extraordinary contribution to fostering the arts within the Hobart and William Smith community.
- Tai-Ling Bey
- Grace Hammett
The Welker Memorial Prize: Established in 1928 by Mildred Welker Hufstader, Class of 1915, in memory of her father and mother, Willard G. and Jennie B. Welker. Awarded to the student who has been of the greatest general good to the development of the College. While scholarship is a fundamental requirement, it is not in itself more highly considered than the definite contribution of the student to college activities.
The Dexheimer Student Trustee Recognition Award: For more than 40 years, Hobart and William Smith students have served on the Board of Trustees. This award is granted to the senior student trustees for each College who have served the Colleges with distinction and grace.
The Daisy Weeks Buchholz ’12 Ring Award: Presented to a junior, nominated by their peers, who is an exemplary leader and citizen, having served the College well in their time here, and who is likely to benefit it and serve it proudly after graduation.
The William Smith Alumnae Association Award: Presented to a William Smith senior or junior for outstanding leadership, dedication, and service to the College.
The Judith Haslam Cross ’52 Award: Presented by the William Smith Alumnae Association to a Senior whose leadership and service to students and alumnae has advanced the institution.
Odell Book Award, Elizabeth Herendeen: Presented to a William Smith senior in appreciation of their contribution to the Alumnae Association as an undergraduate, and in anticipation of their continuing close ties with William Smith as an alumna.
The Druid Society Seneca Award: Awarded to the William Smith sophomore student whose work over the past two years shows significant promise of continued practices exemplary of character, loyalty, and leadership (the three cardinals of the Druid Society).
The Barbara Ether Memorial Award: Established in memory of Barbara Helen Ether of the Class of 1959. The award to be given to a member of the junior class and to be chosen by the senior honor society, Hai Timiai, in recognition of their contributions to the welfare of this college. The winner selects a book in their major field, and the book is placed in the library with the honorees name inscribed inside.