Scholar and Honors Programs

Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership

The Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership recognizes students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment.

The most outstanding students representing the College will be selected regardless of school or departmental affiliation. The names of students selected for the award will then be submitted to the national Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Any Ithaca College faculty member, staff member, or student may nominate an outstanding junior or senior for the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership. Self-nominations are accepted.

To be nominated, a student must be a junior or senior. If the nominee is a transfer student, the student must have completed a minimum of 30 academic credits at Ithaca College. Transfer students may be nominated for contributions at their previous institutions on at least two of the aforementioned areas. The grade point average of nominees, however, must be achieved at Ithaca College.

All eligible nominees will be sent an application form to complete. Only students who complete the application will be considered.

To be considered, a student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be in good judicial standing, and have made a minimum of three contributions in at least two of the following areas:


  • contributions to a student's department or school through performance activities
  • honorary societies
  • organizations
  • advisory boards
  • unpaid teaching assistant
  • delivering a paper at a conference

Involvement and recognition outside academic school or department

  • athletics
  • drama (non-majors)
  • music (non-majors)
  • involvement in campus student organizations
  • Ithaca College committees
  • volunteer work in the Ithaca area
  • receiving honors from outside the college community
  • resident assistant
  • orientation leader
  • teaching assistant
  • campus employment manager (Dining Services, Campus Center, Conference and Event Services)
  • on-campus intern

Community Service

  • community involvement on or off campus such as Peer Volunteer Corps, Big Brother/Big Sister, GIAC or Southside, soup kitchens