Following completion of one year at Hamilton, students are eligible to receive prize scholarships. These awards recognize academic achievement, as well as leadership, citizenship and outstanding commitment to co-curricular life on College Hill.
Prize scholarships are awarded either in the fall at Convocation or in the spring on Class & Charter Day. Additional criteria may apply to the awards shown here.
The Benjamin Walworth Arnold Prize Scholarship, established by Mrs. Benjamin Walworth Arnold in memory of her husband, provides three prize scholarships. One is awarded annually to a member of the sophomore, junior and senior classes who, in the preceding year, has achieved the best record in college coursework.
The Robert A. Bankert, Jr. Prize Scholarship was established in 1970 in memory of Robert A. Bankert, Jr., Class of 1970, by his family and friends. Preference is given to a student who has participated in extracurricular activities and who, at the beginning of the junior year, has shown the greatest improvement in academic average.
The Dr. Philip I. Bowman Prize Scholarship was established by friends in honor of Dr. Bowman, a distinguished chemical engineer. It is awarded to a student who has a deep interest in science (preferably chemistry), foreign languages and co-curricular involvement; who strives for perfection; and who has a high level of tolerance and empathy for others.
The Madeleine Wild Bristol Prize Scholarship in Music, established in memory of Madeleine Wild Bristol, is awarded to a rising sophomore, junior or senior music student who is an outstanding performer, composer, scholar or leader in music and who is also an active participant in a broad range of extracurricular activities.
The Coleman Burke Prize Scholarship, established by Coleman Burke, Class of 1934 and former chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Mary Poston Burke, is awarded to a sophomore who has demonstrated strong academic ability, as well as broad-based extracurricular involvement and the potential for leadership in the Hamilton community.
The Carter Family Prize Scholarship was established by Diane Carter Maleson, mother of Gwendolyn Maleson, Class of 1993, in memory of her parents, Gerald and Camille Carter, and her sister and niece, Joan and Christine Scholes. It is awarded to a student who excels in the visual or performing arts, who is a talented writer and who maintains a minimum average of 85.
The Class of 2003 Memorial Prize Scholarship, established by the Class of 2003 in memory of their classmates and friends Jared Good, Matthew Houlihan and Christopher Kern, is awarded at the end of the sophomore year to that individual who exemplifies the true characteristics of a Hamiltonian as demonstrated by Jared, Matt and Chris.
The Class of 2009 Community Service Memorial Prize Scholarship is awarded to that rising junior or rising senior who has demonstrated a significant and substantial commitment to community service and, by his or her involvement, has affected a positive impact on the campus and the surrounding communities including, but not limited to, the Village of Clinton, N.Y. Established by the Class of 2009, this prize honors the memory of classmates Katharine Eckman and Andrew Sheridan.
The Thomas E. Colby III Prize Scholarship in German, established by his family in memory of Thomas E. Colby, Class of 1942 and a professor of German at Hamilton from 1959 to 1983, is awarded to a student concentrating in German who has demonstrated superior scholarship in that discipline.
The Frank C. and Marion D. Colridge Prize Scholarship, established by Frank C. Colridge, Class of 1918, and his wife, Marion, is awarded to a junior who possesses the outstanding qualities of leadership and character as evidenced by broad-based participation in extracurricular activities at Hamilton.
The Curran Prize Scholarship, established by relatives of Colonel Henry H. Curran, Class of 1862, provides a scholarship for a student who has enrolled in the courses in the Classics Department and who has achieved a distinguished record in those courses.
The Ned Doyle Prize Scholarships, established by Ned Doyle, Class of 1924, is awarded to a rising sophomore, junior and senior, each of whom has made a significant contribution to the College’s extracurricular activities.
The Captain Gerald FitzGerald Dale Senior Scholarship is awarded to a senior who has completed the junior year with distinction in literature, language, music, science or social science and ranks in the top tenth of the class. In addition, the student must have demonstrated promise for useful citizenship by character, standing among fellow students and contribution to the extracurricular life of the College.
The Charles A. Dana Prize Scholarships are awarded to approximately 10 students at the end of their first year in recognition of academic achievement, character and leadership. The prize scholarships continue through the senior year, provided the recipients continue to fulfill the requirements.
The Duell German Prize Scholarship, established by the Honorable Charles Holland Duell, Class of 1871, is awarded to a senior who has excelled in the study of German and who elects an advanced course in that subject during the senior year.
The Milton F. Fillius, Jr./Joseph Drown Prize Scholarship, established by the Joseph Drown Foundation and named in memory of Milton F. Fillius, Class of 1944, is awarded to a student completing the junior year who has been very successful academically, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities while at Hamilton and who is likely to make a significant contribution to society in the future.
The Dr. Edward R. Fitch Prize Scholarships in Classical Languages, founded by E. Root Fitch, Class of 1886, are awarded annually to students who are registered for courses in either Greek or Latin. The awards are made on the basis of scholarship standing, character and salutary influence on the life of the College.
The Donald A. Hamilton Prize Scholarship, established by the family and friends of Mr. Hamilton, Class of 1924, is awarded to a junior who has displayed leadership, creativity and determination in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, and who has made exceptional academic improvement in the previous year.
The Ann Miller Harden Prize Scholarship, established in memory of Ann Miller Harden in 1993 by her husband and Hamilton College Trustee David E. Harden, Class of 1948, is awarded to the outstanding woman painter at the end of her sophomore year. Additional special scholarships may also be awarded, upon recommendation of the Art Department faculty, to studio art students demonstrating exceptional promise.
The Randall J. Harris Prize Scholarship, created in memory of Randall J. Harris, Class of 1974, by his family and friends, is awarded to a junior concentrating in philosophy who has demonstrated superior scholarship in that discipline. Preference is given to a student expressing a desire to undertake graduate study in philosophy.
The L. David Hawley Prize Scholarship in Geology, established by alumni in honor of Professor Hawley, who taught geology at Hamilton for 25 years, is awarded to an out-standing junior who intends to go on to a career in geology. Consideration is also given to promise as a scientist, breadth of background in the sciences, and general academic standing.
The Matthew Houlihan Prize Scholarship, made possible by an annual gift from the Matthew Houlihan Foundation, was established in 2002 in memory of Matthew Houlihan, Class of 2003. It is awarded to a rising senior who demonstrates solid academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA), strong extracurricular involvement, a loyal commitment to classmates, exemplary school citizenship and unselfish devotion to Hamilton.
The Edward Huntington Memorial Mathematical Prize Scholarship, established by Alexander C. Soper, Class of 1867, is awarded to a senior who has excelled in mathematics and who elects a course in that discipline during the senior year.
The Grant Keehn Prize Scholarship, established by family and friends in memory of Grant Keehn, Class of 1921, a distinguished businessman and former chairman of the board of trustees, is awarded after the first year to one or two students who have demonstrated notably strong characteristics of leadership and who are in good academic standing. Preference is given to minority students.
The Leonard E. and Sue J. Kingsley Prize Scholarship, established by Leonard E. Kingsley, Class of 1951 and a life trustee of the College, and his wife, Sue, is awarded to members of the sophomore or junior class who have demonstrated the potential for both significant academic achievement and community leadership.
The Kirkland Alumnae Prize Scholarship, established by the Kirkland College Class of 1974 and supplemented by other Kirkland classes, is awarded to an upperclass woman who exemplifies the ideals of Kirkland women, specifically initiative, creativity and ingenuity, and who has the ability to achieve objectives through self-directed academic and nonacademic pursuits.
The Paul S. Langa Prize Scholarship, established by Paul S. Langa, Class of 1948, is awarded to the Hamilton student who has demonstrated academic excellence along with outstanding determination, leadership and commitment in extracurricular activities.
The Calvin Leslie Lewis Prize Scholarship in the Dramatic Arts was established by Elisabeth and Charles G. Mortimer, Jr., Class of 1949, in memory of Mr. Mortimer's grandfather, Calvin L. Lewis, Class of 1890 and the Upson Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory from 1908 to 1935. It is awarded to students, preferably juniors, who have demonstrated an interest and ability in oral communication in its broadest aspects and who have actively and successfully participated in programs in the dramatic arts.
The Willard Bostwick Marsh Prize Scholarships, established by Willard B. Marsh, Class of 1912, in memory of President Melancthon Woolsey Stryker, Class of 1872, are awarded to juniors and seniors who have maintained a scholastic average of at least B since entering the College.
The Michael Maslyn '01 Memorial Prize Scholarship, established by the Class of 2001 (through their Senior Class Gift) in memory of their classmate, Michael Maslyn, is awarded at the end of the junior year to that individual who demonstrates exceptional class spirit.
The Carl B. Menges Prize Scholarship in College Governance was established in 2000 by John D. Phillips, Jr., Class of 1969, in honor of Carl B. Menges, Class of 1951. This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior who writes the best essay on any significant aspect of college governance, broadly defined to include academic, administration, admissions, alumni, building and grounds, endowment, finance, student life and trustee issues.
The Marcel Moraud Memorial Prize Scholarship, established by family and friends in memory of Professor Moraud, who taught French at Hamilton from 1951 to 1982, is awarded to the senior majoring in French and returning from the Junior Year in France Program who demonstrates academic excellence, strength of character and a sense of humor.
The Robert Leet Patterson Prize Scholarships in Philosophy, established by Robert Leet Patterson, Class of 1917, are awarded to sophomores and juniors who have excelled in the study of philosophy.
The Frank Humphrey Ristine Prize Scholarship was established by former students and other friends in memory of Frank H. Ristine, professor of English literature from 1912 to 1952, and is awarded for excellence in English. Consideration is also given to general academic standing and campus citizenship.
The Oren Root, Jr. Prize Scholarships, established by friends of Professor Root, who taught mathematics at Hamilton from 1860 to 1862 and again from 1880 to 1907, are awarded to the two juniors who have the best records in mathematics during the first and second years and who continue that subject through the junior year.
The Jenny Rubin Memorial Prize Scholarship, established by friends in memory of Jennifer Lynn Rubin, Class of 1983, is awarded to that senior woman who has evinced interest in, and ongoing commitment to, helping others improve their lives.
The William John Schickler III Prize Scholarship, established by family and friends in memory of William J. Schickler III, Class of 1982, is awarded to a rising junior who demonstrates good academic performance, enthusiasm for life and dedicated participation in extracurricular activities.
The Arthur W. Soper Prize Scholarship in Latin, established by Arthur W. Soper, M.A. (Hon.) 1893, is awarded to a senior who has excelled in Latin and who elects a course in the discipline during the senior year.
The Chauncey S. Truax Prize Scholarship in Greek is awarded to the senior who has stood highest in the study of Greek for the first three years with an average grade of no less than 85. Preference is given to candidates who entered Hamilton as first-year students with credit in Greek.
The Vrooman Prize Scholarship, established through the generosity of John W. Vrooman, is awarded to a rising sophomore who has achieved academic excellence and who has enrolled in at least one course in the Classics Department.
The Frederick Reese Wagner Prize Scholarship in English, established by former students and others in honor of Professor Wagner, who taught English at Hamilton from 1969 to 1995, is awarded for excellence in the study of English literature.
The Sam Welsch Memorial Prize Scholarship in Computer Science, established in memory of Sam Welsch by Jason Fischbach, Class of 1994, and his parents, is awarded to a student who excels in and shows enthusiasm for the study of computer science. The award is not limited to computer science concentrators.
The Sidney and Eleanor Wertimer Prize Scholarships in Economics, established by John Phillips, Jr., Class of 1969, and John Phillips, Sr., honor Sidney and Eleanor Wertimer for their dedication to Hamilton and its students. The prize scholarships are awarded to up to five juniors who have excelled in the study of economics.
The Lawrence K. Yourtee Prize Scholarship, established by friends and former students in honor of Professor Yourtee, who taught chemistry at Hamilton from 1948 to 1982, is awarded to the student who has shown the greatest improvement in general chemistry in the first year.