Each year UNH faculty and staff recognize exceptional students who have distinguished themselves in their academics, citizenship, and service by nominating them for one of the University's prestigious student awards. In May the University community gathers to formally acknowledge the outstanding achievements of these award recipients at our annual Student Award Ceremony . If you are interested in either nominating a student for one of the awards (shown below) or in attending the 2018 Award Ceremony, please see the below information.

The 2018 Student Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm
Huddleston Hall Ballroom, 73 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824


UNH Durham and Manchester faculty and staff,

Please take this opportunity to nominate students you feel are deserving of special recognition for one of the awards below. The student must be a full-time student enrolled in a baccalaureate degree program, and meet the specific award criteria.

Nomination Form and Instructions

Awards Selected by the Student Awards Committee
Nomination Deadline: March 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

  • Class of 1899 Prize

    "To that senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study."
  • Dean Williamson Award

    "To that senior* who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics, and loyalty to the University." (Requires a minimum 3.2 G.P.A.)
  • Erskine Mason Award

    "To that senior* who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement."
  • Frederick Smyth Book Award

    "To the most meritorious student(s) for the purchase of books."
  • Governor Wesley Powell Award

    "To that undergraduate student who has an expressed interest in public service as demonstrated through his/her course of study and extra-curricular activities, both on and off campus." (Student must have a FAFSA on file and demonstrated financial need for current year, and must not be a graduating senior)
  • Helen Duncan Jones Award

    "To the sophomore* woman showing the greatest promise of outstanding achievement in American citizenship, leadership, and scholarship." (Student should be earning all or part of her way through school.)
  • Jere A. Chase Service Award

    "To honor the graduating senior* who has displayed outstanding student service to the university."
  • University Award of Excellence

    "To recognize excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship." This award does not accept nominations; it is awarded at the discretion of the Student Awards Committee.
  • Hood Achievement Prize

    "To that senior* man who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity."
  • University Women's Award

    "To that senior* woman who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership and usefulness to humanity."

*Class Standing for all awards is defined by the UNH Registrar's Office report of credits earned, as posted in Banner System. 


Awards Determined by Other UNH Committees
Still Included in Student Awards Ceremony

[Nomination(s) will be forwarded to the appropriate group]

  • Parents Association Award

    To recognize sophomore* and/or junior* level students "who have shown an understanding and appreciation of the value of a university education, and who have accepted the responsibility to share their education to better the community in which they live." (requires a minimum 2.8 G.P.A. and should demonstrate nominees desire to contribute financially to their education through part-time or summer employment).

    Nomination Deadline: March 2, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Nomination Form









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