Honors Awards

Honors students are known for winning many campus awards, from Dean's Scholars to the Outstanding Student Awards. In addition, the Honors Academy offers two awards specific to honors students: The King Award and the Outstanding Contract Award.

King Award for Scholarly Excellence in Honors


The King Award for Scholarly Excellence in Honors is named for Dr. Joe King, who was director of the Honors Academy from 2003-2015. The inspriration for this award came from Dr. King's passion for the successful mentorship of scholarly honors capstones. This award does not go to the "best" honors student, but rather the student whose capstone and academic career exemplifies the integration of a novel idea into the existing scholarly work of the discipline.


2015 Ashley Light

Majors: Communication Science and Disorders, Psychology

Mentor: Karen Arndt

Capstone: "Telling Stories: Phonological Awareness Intervention, Final Consonant Deletion and Past Tense Marking"


2016 Zachary King

Major: Management

Mentor: Hooshang M. Beheshti

Capstone: "Analysis of the Operational Efficiency of Attendance Tracking at the Tyson Foods Inc. Glen Allen Poultry Processing Facility"

Outstanding Contract Award

The winner of the Outstanding Contract Award is named each spring. The award is given to the honors student who completed an honors contract that exemplifies the creative pursuit of one's academic goals, professional goals, and life-long learning.  ​

  • 2016: Brynn Miller and Katelynne Seager