Commencement Awards

 

To insure that our outstanding students are recognized for their achievements, John Jay College offers a number of awards.

To be eligible for these awards, undergraduate students must complete at least 56 credits at John Jay College (52 credits for those who entered the College with associate degrees) with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (Note: some awards require a higher GPA).

Awards that support graduate studies must be used beginning no later than the fall semester of the fourth academic year following graduation.

To learn more about graduation awards, please contact Michael Scaduto, Scholarship Coordinator, 212.237.8872, mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu.

The application deadline for 2014 Commencement Awards is Friday, March 7, 2014.

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The following Commencement Awards require you to do an essay and complete an application. In addition you must have applied for graduation by the February 7, 2014 deadline to be considered for an award.

To recognize the work of our graduating students, many individuals and departments offer awards for which no application is required. To learn more about these awards, click on any of the awards listed below.

Simone Ackerman French Excellence Award
Dorothy and Solomon Bohigian Operations Research Award
CUNY BA/BS Distinguished Scholar Award
Albert Elias Memorial Award
Phillip Gisses Award
Graduate International Student Award
Graduating Scholar Award
Interdisciplinary Studies Award
Claude Hawley Medal
Richard Henry Hommel Award
Humanities and Justice Award
Lawrence J. Kaplan Humanities Award
Ruth S. Lefkowitz Mathematics Prize
Bernard Locke Award
Jerome Metzner Award in Forensic Science
Jerome Metzner Graduate Award
Robert S. Morrow Prize
Arthur & Elaine Niederhoffer Undergraduate Prize
Arthur & Elaine Niederhoffer Memorial Fellowship Award
Elaine Noel Award
Donald and Leah Riddle Scholarship Award
Armando Rosario Memorial Award
Scholar-Athlete Award
Anne Schreiber Memorial Award
Carl Schreiber Memorial Award
Petra Shattuck Prize for Distinction in Government
Alex Smith Award for Excellence in Criminology
Juan Antonio Soto Scholarship Award for Excellence in Spanish
Uniformed Fire Officers Association Award
Brother Wagner Award
Christopher Williams Memorial Scholarship

Distinguished Service Award
The John Jay College Committee on Undergraduate Honors, Prizes and Awards grants the Distinguished Service Awards each year to five graduating seniors who have made significant contributions of service to the College. To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • How the John Jay community has benefited from your service to the College
  • How you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent
  • Your academic achievements
  • Your continuing educational goals and career aspirations

Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Howard Mann Humanitarian Award
This award was established in memory of Dr. Howard Mann, scholar, counselor, educator, humanitarian, associate professor and dean of students (1971–79). The award is presented to a graduating senior who unselfishly and voluntarily has worked for the welfare of others. The Committee on Undergraduate Honors, Prizes and Awards selects the award winner. To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • How the John Jay community has benefited from your service to the College
  • How you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent
  • Your academic achievements
  • Your continuing educational goals and career aspirations

Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Undergraduate Veteran Award

This monetary award and plaque is given to an undergraduate student who has made a considerable impact on the John Jay College community during his/her service or after being honorably discharged from the military. To be eligible for this award, you must be in good academic standing (including no findings of misconduct or academic integrity violations and no stops on your record). To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form, submit a 400-word personal statement and provide a copy of your DD-214 form. In your personal statement, please discuss:

• Your military to civilian transition to John Jay College?
• How have you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent?
• What are your continuing educational goals and career aspirations?

Graduate Veteran Award

This monetary award and plaque is given to a graduate student who has made a considerable impact on the John Jay College community during his/her service or after being honorably discharged from the military. To be eligible for this award, you must be in good academic standing (including no findings of misconduct or academic integrity violations and no stops on your record). To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form, submit a 400-word personal statement and provide a copy of your DD-214 form. In your personal statement, please discuss:

• Your military to civilian transition to John Jay College?
• How have you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent?
• What are your continuing educational goals and career aspirations?

Graduate Student Service Award
This award is given to a graduate student who has made significant contributions of service to the College community.

To be eligible for this award, a graduate student must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

To apply, you must complete the Graduation Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • How the John Jay community has benefited from your service to the College
  • How you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent
  • Your academic achievements
  • Your continuing educational goals and career aspirations

Two letters of recommendation are also required.

 

Graduate Achievement Award

This award is given to three distinguished graduate students who have triumphed over extreme adversity in the pursuit of their education. Students who may have experienced such adversity as homelessness, drug addiction, physical or mental abuse, severe medical conditions, and/or are single parents are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.2. To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • What inspired you to overcome your obstacles to achieve your degree?
  • What would you say to someone who may be experiencing extreme hardship while pursuing his or her education?
  • What are your academic achievements?
  • What are your continuing educational goals and career aspirations?

Graduate Peer Mentoring Award

This award is given to two graduate students who have taken tremendous initiative to help other graduate students through tutoring, professional development, and leadership development within the College Community. Students who have been very involved in student organizations or committees, facilitated workshops or study groups geared towards the development of graduate students are encouraged to apply. To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.2. To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • How has the graduate student population benefited from your College service?
  • What important lessons did you learn while volunteering your time and talents?
  • What are your academic achievements?
  • What are your continuing educational goals and career aspirations?

 

Graduate Veterans Award

This award is given to a graduate student who has made a considerable impact on the John Jay College community during their service or after being honorably discharged from the military. To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.2. To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form, submit a 400-word personal statement and provide a copy of your DD-214 form. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • How did you cope with your transition into John Jay College?
  • How have you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent?
  • What are your academic achievements?
  • What are your continuing educational goals and career aspirations?

 

Leonard E. Reisman Medal
This medal was established in honor of the first president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It is awarded to an outstanding member of the senior class for distinguished scholarship and exceptional service to the College.

To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

 

  • How the John Jay community has benefited from your service to the College
  • How you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent
  • Your academic achievements
  • Your continuing educational goals and career aspirations

 

Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Scholarship and Service Award
The Scholarship and Service Award is given annually by John Jay College to a graduating senior who has demonstrated scholarship and outstanding service to the College.

To be eligible for this award, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. To apply, you must complete the Commencement Awards Application Form and submit a 400-word personal statement. In your personal statement, please discuss:

  • How the John Jay community has benefited from your service to the College
  • How you personally benefited from volunteering your time and talent
  • Your academic achievements
  • Your continuing educational goals and career aspirations

Two letters of recommendation are also required.

Simone Ackerman French Excellence Award
This award is given to a senior with the highest GPA in first and second year French courses who will pursue the study of French. It is given in memory of Dr. Simone Ackerman, a scholar at John Jay College for seven years who promoted French and the French culture.

Dorothy and Solomon Bohigian Operations Research Award
This award, established by Professor Emeritus Haig Bohigian to honor the memory of his parents, recognizes the graduating senior who has best demonstrated excellence and originality in Operations Research.

CUNY BA/BS Distinguished Scholar Award
Upon graduation, one award is given to a CUNY/BA and one to a CUNY/BS student with the highest GPA.

Albert Elias Memorial Award
This award was established in memory of Professor Albert Elias by his family and the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration. An expert in correctional studies, Professor Elias pioneered guided group interaction as an intervention to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents. The award is presented to the graduating correction officer with the highest cumulative GPA.

Phillip Gisses Award
This award was established by Associate Registrar Emerita Jennie Gisses in memory of her husband. It is given to the graduating senior who either is a member of the New York City Fire Department or has the highest GPA in the fire science major. The faculty of the Department of Public Management selects the award winner.

Graduate International Student Award
A one-time $2,000 award will be granted to a John Jay undergraduate international student beginning graduate studies at John Jay. The international student with the highest undergraduate GPA will receive this award.

Graduating Scholar Award
This award is presented to a graduating senior with the highest GPA who entered John Jay College as a freshman. The recipient is selected by the Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Claude Hawley Medal
Established in memory of Claude Hawley, the first Vice President of John Jay, this award is given to the student with the best master's thesis and/or scholastic distinction in the graduate program.

Richard Henry Hommel Award
The Richard Henry Hommel Award was established by alumnus Richard W. Hommel in memory of his son. The award is given to a graduating senior who has made an outstanding contribution to theatrical performances at the College. The faculty of the Department of Speech, Theatre and Media Studies selects the award winner.

Humanities and Justice Award
This award is given to the graduating senior whose prospectus and senior thesis represent the highest standards of research in the study of justice as a humanistic discipline.

Interdisciplinary Studies Award
Established by the faculty and alumni of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, this award is presented to a graduating senior who has demonstrated not only academic excellence but also the ability to integrate the department's various disciplines into some common understanding of the human condition. The faculty and alumni of the department select the winner.

Lawrence J. Kaplan Humanities Award
Established by Professor Emeritus of Economics Lawrence J. Kaplan, the award is presented to a graduating senior who has shown excellence in the study of the humanities. Winners are nominated and selected by faculty members, with the participation of Professor Kaplan.

Ruth S. Lefkowitz Mathematics Prize
This prize was established by Charles S. Lefkowitz in honor of his wife, Professor Emerita Ruth S. Lefkowitz, former chairperson of the Department of Mathematics. The award is presented to a graduating senior for outstanding academic performance in the computer information systems major. The faculty of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science selects the award winner from nominees with the highest GPAs in the computer information systems major.

Bernard Locke Award
The Department of Psychology established this award in memory of Bernard Locke, professor of psychology and former dean of students. This award is presented to a graduating senior selected by a faculty committee of the Department of Psychology for outstanding achievement in psychology.

Jerome Metzner Award in Forensic Science
The Department of Sciences established this award in memory of Jerome Metzner, professor of biology. This award is given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence in the forensic science major. The faculty of the Department of Sciences selects the annual winner.

Jerome Metzner Graduate Award
The Department of Sciences established this award in memory of Jerome Metzner, professor of biology. This award is given to a student for superior academic performance in the Master of Science in Forensic Science Program.

Robert S. Morrow Prize
The Department of Psychology established this award in memory of Professor Robert S. Morrow, the first coordinator of the master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Program. The award is given to one or more graduating seniors, who have demonstrated academic excellence in the forensic psychology major. The faculty of the Department of Psychology selects the award winner.

Arthur & Elaine Niederhoffer Undergraduate Prize
This award is given to a promising senior in Forensic Psychology or Criminal Justice, who has a strong research interest and plans to attend graduate school.

Arthur & Elaine Niederhoffer Memorial Fellowship
This award is given to a doctoral candidate in memory of Professor Arthur Niederhoffer (1967-81), a distinguished sociology scholar and author of Behind the Shield, the classic text in its field.

Elaine Noel Award
The Department of Psychology established this award in 1999 in memory of Elaine Noel, who served as the Psychology Department secretary from 1980 to 1996. The award is given to the forensic psychology student with an excellent record in psychology who has made a special contribution to the John Jay College community.

Donald and Leah Riddle Scholarship Award
Established in memory of John Jay College's second President and his wife Leah, this award is given to the graduating senior with the highest GPA in the Criminal Justice or Legal Studies major. Dr. and Mrs. Riddle believed strongly in the importance of critical and analytical course content for law enforcement officers. After succeeding the College's first President, Dr. Riddle introduced courses in languages and the humanities to the curriculum.

Armando Rosario Memorial Award
Established by the Auxiliary Police Benevolent Association (APBA) of the City of New York, this award is given in memory of Armando Rosario, one of five New York Auxiliary Police officers to die in the line of duty. Honoring all who have given their lives, the award is presented to a graduating auxiliary police officer with a high scholastic average. The president of the APBA selects the award winner after a review of the candidate's cumulative GPA and assignment. An interview is required.

Scholar-Athlete Award
This award is given to a graduating senior with academic honors who has played on a varsity team for at least two years.

Anne Schreiber Memorial Award
This award was established by Associate Registrar Emerita Jennie Gisses in memory of her sister Anne. It is given to a graduating senior who has made marked progress in English as a second language. The director of the Center for English Language Support selects the award winner.

Carl Schreiber Memorial Award
Established by the late Jennie Gisses in honor of her brother, this award is given to the Master of Public Administration graduate with the highest GPA.

Petra Shattuck Prize for Distinction in Government
The Department of Government established this award in memory of Professor Petra Shattuck, whose most significant work centered on the civil rights of Native Americans. The award is given to a graduating senior who has demonstrated academic excellence and distinction in the government major. The faculty of the Department of Government selects the winner.

Alex Smith Award for Excellence in Criminology
The Department of Sociology established this award in honor of Professor Emeritus Alex Smith, one of the founders of the College. The award is given to a graduating senior with the highest GPA in the criminology major. The Office of the Registrar identifies award candidates and the faculty of the Department of Sociology selects the award winner.

Juan Antonio Soto Scholarship Award for Excellence in Spanish
This award was established by Dr. Liliana Soto-Fernandez and Dr. Catherine Rovira of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. It is given to a graduating senior with a minor in Spanish who holds the highest GPA.

Uniformed Fire Officers Association Award
Established in 1999 by the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, this award is presented to a New York City Fire Department officer graduating with a distinguished academic record.

Brother Wagner Award
The Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration, the Wagner family, and the Order of Christian Brothers established this award in memory of Brother Robert Wagner, Christian Brother, professor, and advocate for the rehabilitation of adolescent offenders. The award is given to the graduating senior with the highest GPA in the correctional studies major. The Registrar's Office identifies candidates and the faculty of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration selects the award winner.

Christopher Williams Memorial Scholarship
This award was established in memory of Christopher Williams, a dedicated College Admissions Counselor, by his wife, Sara Scaldafferry. It is given to a graduating senior with the highest GPA, who is registered with the Office of Students with Disabilities.

To learn more about graduation awards, please contact Michael Scaduto, Scholarship Coordinator, 212.237.8872, mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu.