“Ad Excellentiam” Award: Presented to the undergraduate student who has contributed most to the Millsaps student body to fulfill the College’s motto “Toward Excellence”
Ars Ducendi Emerito Award: Presented to a transfer student who is now a graduating senior and has demonstrated a superior level of leadership and service benefiting the Millsaps community.
Alpha Epsilon Delta Award: Presented to an outstanding senior majoring in the pre-health field.
Bishop’s Medal: Presented to the outstanding senior entering seminary who plans to pursue the pastoral ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Thomas G. Ross Scholarship: Presented by the faculty to the outstanding senior pre-medical student.
Don Fortenberry Award: The Don Fortenberry Award is presented each year to a graduating senior who is considered to have performed the most notable, meritorious, diligent, and devoted service to Millsaps College.
Dora Lynch Hanley Award for Distinguished Writing: Awarded annually to honor excellence in writing.
Frank and Rachel Ann Laney Award: Given each spring for the best reflective paper written during the academic year, the award is intended to encourage students to reflect on the value of their education in the liberal arts.
Founders’ Medal: Awarded at Commencement to the senior who has the highest grade point average for the entire college course of study at Millsaps College, and who has received a grade of Excellent on the comprehensive examinations. To be eligible for the award, students must have begun their course of study as a freshman at Millsaps College and completed the majority of the work required for the degree at Millsaps College; while credit by examination is permitted, only students with a maximum of eight earned hours (applying toward graduation requirements) of transfer credit from another domestic institution may be eligible.
Hall of Fame: The Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by the Student Body Association and the Division of Student Life to a graduating senior. The Hall of Fame recognizes overall excellence in scholarship; leadership; participation in activities, organizations, and campus life; service to the Millsaps student body, College community, and/or local community; and other notable achievements.
Janet Lynne Sims Award: A medal and stipend presented to a rising senior who is a full-time student in pre-med and has completed five semesters of work. Selection is made on the basis of academic excellence.
Lewis and Reiff Awards: Presented annually to up to four seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to the life of the mind and the life of the spirit, with contributions to college, church, and community.
Omicron Delta Kappa Awards: Recognizes Outstanding Freshman Man and Woman of the Year and the W. Charles Sallis Leader of the Year.
Outstanding Student Religious Life Leader: Presented to the student leader who, while engaging in the programming and services of religious life at Millsaps, has displayed the deportment of a religious life role model for the student body.
Reverend Ed King Leader of Values and Ethics (L.O.V.E.) Award: Presented each spring to a student who best exemplifies principled leadership for a cause of deep moral consequence that may meet with opposition but proves over time to be just.
Darby K. Ray Souls Afire Honors: Presented each spring to the four students who best exemplify community service, activism, and the College ethics of giving to others.
William H. Tribette Scholarship: Awarded to the member of the sophomore or junior class whose quality index is highest for the year.
Velma Jernigan Rodgers Scholarship Award: Presented to the rising senior woman student who has the highest grade point average in the humanities.
Division of Arts and Humanities Awards
Academic Achievement in Theatre Award: Presented to the senior theatre major with the most distinguished academic achievement.
Albert Godfrey Sanders Award in French: Presented to the outstanding student in French language and literature.
Albert Godfrey Sanders Award in Spanish: Presented to the outstanding student in Spanish language and literature.
Art History Paper Award: Presented to the student who wrote the most outstanding art history paper during the previous academic year.
Best Philosophical Writing Award: Presented to a student who has shown excellence in philosophy.
CAMWS Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Classical Studies: Presented to the student who excels in an interdisciplinary classic curriculum.
Clark Essay Award: Awarded to the senior English major who presents the best and most original paper in an English course.
Communication Studies Award: Presented to a graduating senior for significant achievement in the field of communications studies.
Excellence in Art History Award: Presented to the outstanding art history major who has demonstrated excellent achievement as well as potential for growth in the field.
Excellence in Religious Studies Award: Presented to a senior religious studies major with an especially distinguished record of academic work and departmental leadership.
Frank M. Laney Jr. Award: Presented to a senior history major who has had an outstanding record in history and plans to pursue a graduate education in history.
Henry and Katherine Bellamann Awards: Presented to graduating seniors who have shown particular distinction in one of the creative or performing arts.
Jim Lucas Award: Presented for exceptional talent and the desire to pursue a career in technical theatre.
Latin American Studies Award: Presented to a graduating senior for significant achievement in the field of Latin American Studies.
Magnolia Coullet Senior Classics Award: Presented to the senior who has best demonstrated excellence in and love for the classics.
Mu Phi Epsilon Senior Achievement Award: Presented to an outstanding senior member for excellence in scholarship and leadership, as well as for participation in fraternity, school, and professional activities.
Outstanding Junior Studio Art Award: Presented to a junior art major for demonstrating excellent achievement as well as potential for continued growth in studio art at Millsaps.
Paul D. Hardin Senior English Award: Given annually to the outstanding senior major in English.
Pi Delta Phi Intermediate French Award: Presented to the outstanding student in intermediate French.
Religious Studies Paper Award: Presented for distinguished writing in religious studies.
Robert H. Padgett English Award: Given annually to the student with the most outstanding work on the English comprehensive exam.
Ross H. Moore History Award: Presented to the outstanding senior history major.
Senior Music Award: Presented to the senior music major who, in the opinion of the faculty, has been the most outstanding student in the Department of Music.
Senior Project in Theatre Award: Presented for outstanding work on the senior project.
Sigma Delta Pi Intermediate Spanish Award: Presented to the outstanding student in intermediate Spanish.
Swearingen Prize for Excellence in Classical Languages and Literature: Presented to the students with the highest scholastic averages in advanced Greek and Latin reading courses.
Swearingen Prize for Excellence in Introductory Greek: Presented to the student with the highest scholastic average in introductory Greek.
Swearingen Prize for Excellence in Introductory Latin: Presented to the student with the highest scholastic average in introductory Latin.
Swearingen Prize for Excellence in Second Year Latin: Presented to the students with the highest scholastic averages in Latin and Greek.
Sweat Summer Studies Awards: Presented for excellence in music performance.
William D. Rowell Memorial Award in Art: Presented to the senior demonstrating a commitment to and growth in studio art.
W. Charles Sallis History in Service Award: Presented to a senior history major who has exemplified the critical role historians play in advancing public conversations about complex issues.
Division of Sciences Awards
ACS Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Award: Presented to the Senior Chemistry Major who has shown outstanding commitment to Organic Chemistry in classroom and/or research setting.
Best Overall Psychology Comprehensive Exam: Presented to the student with the most outstanding work on the Psychology comprehensive exam.
Biology Department Scholar Award: Recognizes an outstanding biology major as distinguished by GPA, performance on comprehensive exams, and dedication to research.
Biology Department Award for Service: Presented for outstanding service to the department of biology.
Biology Research Award: Recognizes a biology major who has won recognition in biology on the basis of interest, scholarship, and demonstration of research potential.
Chemistry Department Senior Research Award: Presented each year to the outstanding senior chemistry major in the study of chemistry, research, and service to the department.
Chemistry Department Service Award: Awarded to the chemistry major who has demonstrated leadership and service among his fellow students.
Chi Omega Social Science Award: Presented to the outstanding female senior in the social sciences.
College Physics Award: Presented to the student with the highest scholastic average in college physics.
Congressman David Bowen Award for Applied Politics: Presented to the Government and Politics major or minor who best exemplifies the art of applying the academic study of politics with meaningful, direct practice.
Connie S. Schimmel Award: Presented to an outstanding student receiving supplemental licensure in special education for outstanding contributions and potential service to students with special needs.
Marlys T. Vaughn Excellence in Elementary and Secondary Student Teaching Awards: Given to the seniors who demonstrate potential for outstanding contributions in teaching at the elementary and secondary school level.
Frances H. Coker Award in Sociology: Given each year to the outstanding senior majoring in sociology.
Frances and L. B. Jones Award in Anthropology: Presented to the outstanding anthropology major.
Freeman Scholarships for International Study in Sociology and Anthropology: Presented to deserving students majoring in sociology and anthropology that might not otherwise have a chance to study abroad.
General Physics Awards: Presented to the two students with the highest scholastic averages in general physics.
Gordon Allport Award for the Application of Psychology: Presented for outstanding involvement in the application of psychological science to the public interest.
J. B. Price General Chemistry Award: Presented annually to the student with the highest scholastic average in general chemistry.
Jennifer L. Sorrells Memorial Award: Awarded for outstanding achievement in geophysics.
J. M. Whitfield Service Award: Awarded to the chemistry major who has demonstrated leadership and service among his/her fellow students.
John F. Kennedy Award: Presented to the outstanding senior in Government and Politics demonstrating excellence in academics, personal integrity, and commitment to the highest ideals of the public good in a democratic society.
Junior Analytical Chemistry Award: Awarded to the most outstanding junior enrolled in analytical chemistry.
Mary Sue Enochs Lewis Endowed Scholarship: Presented to a woman in the junior class who has demonstrated academic excellence and leadership and who plans to teach upon graduation.
Mary Whiton Calkins Award for Outstanding Research in Psychology: Presented for excellence in psychological research.
Noam Chomsky Psychology Award: Presented to the psychology student who excels beyond the classroom and demonstrates a true enthusiasm for the field, as well as a desire to pursue a career in which the study of psychology will be applied.
Outstanding Scholarship in Education Award: Given to the senior receiving teacher certification with the highest scholastic average.
Physics Service Award: Presented to a physics student in recognition of service to the Department of Physics.
Reid and Cynthia Bingham Awards: Presented to the junior and senior scholars of distinction in government and politics.
Richard R. Priddy Award: Presented to a senior geosciences major with an outstanding record of scholarship, research, and service.
Robert A. Shive, Jr. Freshman Mathematics Award: Presented to the outstanding freshman in mathematics.
Samuel Kernell Award for Outstanding Research in Government and Politics: Presented to the student who has best demonstrated excellence in the area of government and politics research, having produced a research project that illuminates the study of government and politics in a way that is practical and meaningful to the field as well as those who practice the art of politics.
Samuel R. Knox Senior Mathematics Award: Presented to the outstanding senior mathematics major.
Santiago Ramon y Cajal Research Award: Presented annually to the outstanding neuroscience and cognitive studies major or minor for excellence in research.
Tri Beta Award: Recognizes an outstanding member of the chapter who has demonstrated scholastic excellence and service in the field of biology.
W. A. Tarr Award: Presented to a geosciences major most reflecting the ideals of scholarly excellence and professional integrity.
Wendell B. Johnson Award: Presented to a junior geosciences major with an outstanding record of scholarship, research, and service.
William James Award for Academic Excellence: Presented to the outstanding graduating senior(s) majoring in psychology.
ELSE School of Management Awards
Business Administration Faculty Excellence Award: Presented to the business administration senior who scores highest on the nationally normed field exam.
Business Administration Comprehensive Exam Award: Presented to the business administration senior who scored highest on the comprehensive exam.
CFA Society of Mississippi Award for Excellence in Finance: Presented to the outstanding undergraduate or graduate student for excellence in financial analysis.
Charles Sewell Award: Presented to the most outstanding M.B.A. student.
Charles W. and Eloise T. Else Scholars: Presented to seniors in the Else School of Management who have distinguished themselves academically in their overall College work and in required junior-level course work.
Else School of Management Service Award: For outstanding service to the Else School in the area of entrepreneurship.
Enactus Service Award: Presented to an outstanding student for leadership and service to the Enactus chapter at Millsaps.
Entrepreneurship Service Award: Presented for outstanding work and contribution to ELSE- Works, the Entrepreneurship Initiative of the Else School of Management.
Howard McMillan Award: Presented to an outstanding Else School undergraduate whose contributions to the Else School embody the diverse qualities displayed by Howard McMillan’s numerous leadership roles throughout his career in corporate and community endeavors.
Merrill Lynch Award: Presented to the student who has demonstrated high achievement in the area of finance.
Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Senior Award: Presented to a senior accounting major who has compiled an outstanding record.
Richard B. Baltz Award: Presented to the outstanding student majoring in economics.
Division of Student Life Awards
The Dr. Darby Ray-Souls Afire Honors: Renamed after the faculty leader and first Director of the 1C1C Office, this is awarded to the four students, undergraduate or graduate, who exemplify the mission for community service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement. The Honor can only be claimed once during a four-year undergraduate career. Must be in good academic standing, but with no other specific grade point cumulative needed to win.
Who’s Who In American Colleges and Universities: Essentially reflects the 30-40 most well-rounded graduating seniors of the year who are then featured in the yearbook, the Bobashela. A cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be held at the time of nomination and/or application.
The Rev. Ed King Leader of Values and Ethics (L.O.V.E.) Award: Named in homage to the national civil rights icon, this title is only given in those years in which a recipient is worthy of advocating for a moral principle or cause that may encounter public criticism or opposition but over time may prove to be true.
The Most Distinguished Man and Woman Awards: Determined by student body vote, these long- standing traditional titles are reserved for graduating seniors, and were previously titled “Millsaps Major,” and “The Major’s Lady.”
The Paul Benton and Carla Webb Awards: Presented to the senior male and female athletes, respectively, for their exceptional results while performing their sports.
The Archie Lamb Awards for Sportsmanship: Presented to a senior male and senior female athlete who best personify the attributes of good character, disposition, behaviors, and statements in com- petition and in life.
Humanitarians of the Year: Sponsored by the Office of International and Intercultural Programs and Services, the awards are given in those years in which students contribute to the celebration of campus diversity, inclusion, and equality.
Ars Ducendi Emerito (translated “the art of leadership through service”): Created by a committee of transfer students and Student Life administrators, this is the “Transfer Student of the Year” award.
Academic Honor Societies
Alpha Epsilon Delta is an honorary pre-health fraternity. Leadership, scholarship, expertise, character, and personality are the qualities by which students are judged for membership. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between pre-medical and medical studies.
Alpha Kappa Delta, an international sociology honorary, promotes the use of the sociological imagination in understanding and serving human beings. The Gamma of Mississippi chapter, founded in 1984, is a joint chapter with Tougaloo College.
Alpha Psi Omega, a national honorary dramatics fraternity, recognizes members of the Millsaps Players for their effective participation in acting, directing, makeup, stage management, costuming, lighting, and publicity.
Beta Alpha Psi encourages and recognizes scholastic and professional excellence in accounting.
Beta Beta Beta, established at Millsaps in 1968, is a national honor fraternity for students in the biological sciences. Its purpose is to stimulate sound scholarship, promote the dissemination of scientific truth, and encourage investigation of the life sciences.
Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society dedicated to the principles and ideals essential to a worthy life, as well as to a commendable business career. Membership is the highest scholastic honor that a student in a school of business or management can achieve.
Eta Sigma Phi is a national honor fraternity recognizing ability in Greek and Roman studies. Alpha Phi, the Millsaps chapter, was founded in 1935.
Financial Management Association National Honor Society, established in 1984 on the Millsaps campus, encourages and rewards scholarship and accomplishment in financial management, financial institutions, and investments among undergraduate and graduate students and encourages interaction between business executives, faculty, and students of finance.
Kappa Delta Pi, the education honorary at Millsaps, is a service-based organization. The mission is to spread the message of the importance of education and for students to gain personal teaching experiences through service projects.
Kappa Pi is an international honorary art fraternity established in 1911.
Mu Phi Epsilon promotes scholarship and musicianship among its members, promotes service and friendship on campus and in the community, and rewards excellence in music.
Nu Rho Psi is an honorary organization for neuroscience students.
Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international economics honorary society. It is dedicated to the encouragement of excellence in economics, with a main objective of recognizing scholastic attainment in economics. The Delta chapter of Mississippi was formed at Millsaps in 1981.
Omicron Delta Kappa is a leadership society with chapters in principal colleges and universities. Pi Circle at Millsaps brings together members of the student body, faculty, and administration interested in campus activities, with a limited number of alumni, to plan for the betterment of the College.
Order of Omega is a national leadership society that recognizes student achievement in promoting inter-Greek activities. The Millsaps chapter, Eta Kappa, was founded in 1986.
Phi Alpha Theta, founded in 1921, is an international honor society in history. Membership is composed of students and professors, elected on the basis of excellence in the study and writing of history. It encourages the study, teaching, and writing of history among all its members.
Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society, was installed at Millsaps in the spring of 1989. It recognizes and encourages excellence in the liberal arts. The Millsaps chapter, Alpha of Mississippi, elects members from the senior class on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character.
Phi Delta Kappa is an international association for professional educators.
Phi Eta Sigma is a national honorary society that recognizes outstanding academic achievement among freshmen. The Millsaps chapter was established in 1981. Membership is open to all full-time freshmen who achieve a grade point average of 3.500 in either the first semester or both semesters of the freshman year.
Phi Sigma Tau is a national philosophy honorary.
Pi Delta Phi, the national French honor society, was established at Millsaps in 1957. This honor society recognizes attainment and scholarship in the study of the French language and literature.
Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honorary.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. It seeks to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government among students.
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.
Sigma Delta Pi, the international Spanish honorary, was established at Millsaps in 1968. This honor society recognizes attainment and scholarship in the study of the Spanish language and literature.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon is a national geology honor society. Established in 1993, the organization recognizes achievement in geological sciences.
Sigma Lambda is a leadership and service honorary society whose members are primarily sophomores selected on the basis of character, scholarship, and involvement in College and community activities.
Sigma Pi Sigma, a national honor society in physics, was established at Millsaps in 1988. Its purpose is to honor excellence in physics.
Sigma Tau Delta is the national English honor society. The purposes of the society are to confer distinction for achievement in the English language and literature, promote interest in literature and the English language, and foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. The Zeta Sigma chapter was chartered at Millsaps in 1983.
Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for religious studies and theology majors.
Master of Accountancy
The Master of Accountancy (MAcc) degree is designed for students who intend to pursue professional careers in public accounting, business, and the government/nonprofit sector. The Master of Accountancy fulfills the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination in the state of Mississippi and many of the states that have adopted the AICPA’s 150 credit-hour requirement. Students are encouraged to check with the state Board of Accountancy in the state where they plan to practice regarding specific course requirements. The program involves a fifth year of study beyond the Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Students who plan to seek the Master of Accountancy degree should declare the basic accounting undergraduate major. For more details about the master of accountancy program, consult with a member of the accounting faculty, contact the graduate admissions office, see the master of accountancy description under the Else School of Management portion of the catalog, or visit the Else School web page at www.millsaps.edu/mba-macc. The program takes about 12 months for a full time student to complete. The program takes about 24 months for a part-time student to complete.
Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree is offered in both daytime and evening classes. The Millsaps M.B.A. program is particularly suited for students with a liberal arts background. A typical class includes men and women from a broad range of ages and backgrounds (including engineering, the physical and social sciences, the arts and the humanities, and business). For more information about the M.B.A. program, see the graduate catalog, contact the graduate admissions office, or see the Else School of Management web page at www.millsaps.edu/mba-macc. This program takes about 12-months for a full-time student to complete.
Executive Master of Business Administration
The goal of the EMBA program is to offer the mid-career business executive a graduate degree option that fits into his or her life, through a 16-month program of alternating weekends, where each student enrolled in the program is a peer in the business world. Class discussions, faculty interaction, guest experts, and study groups bring together real-world experience that can give an executive immediate value in an ongoing career- an instant return on investment. The students’ career doesn’t get off track for the EMBA-it becomes immediately more productive.
Areas of study include the details of managing a business organization such as financial analysis, decision making, marketing management, personnel management, micro and macroeconomics, entrepreneurship, communication, negotiation, information technology, and strategic management. Issues in international business will be studied intensively through a required mini-session at Millsaps’ campus in Merida, Mexico.
The educational goal of the EMBA is to provide the student with the base knowledge, executive skills, and abilities needed to assume leadership in positions in organizations that compete in a dynamic, global environment. The EMBA program strives to prepare students to recognize organizational problems and opportunities, to determine a socially responsible course of action, and to implement a strategy that both seizes internal and external opportunities.
The program requires 48 hours of graduate study. The curriculum is a lock step plan of study, with each cohort taking classes and graduating together. Graduate credit is not awarded for portfolio based experiential learning which occurs prior to matriculation in the graduate program. For more information about the EMBA program, see the graduate catalog, contact the graduate admissions office, or see the Else School of Management webpage at www.millsaps.edu/emba.