Baumann Essay Prize

In honor of longtime Grinnell history professor Frederick Bauman (1889–1967), the Frederick Baumann Essay Prize is a $2,500 prize awarded each spring to the student who writes the best essay—taking an interdisciplinary and historical approach—on the general topic of “ideas and society.”  Select prize-winning papers are available online at Digital Grinnell. As of summer 2016, this prize is no longer being awarded.

  • Rebecca Wong '17 (2016), "Accepting Plurality as an All-Encompasing Religion"
  • Joe Wlos ’15 (2015), “Uncommon Carriers: The Effective Regulation of Net Neutrality”
  • Prize not awarded (2014)
  • Micah Nelson ’14 (2013), “The Social Appropriation of Legacy: A Symptom of Elite Control in American Society”
  • Laura Stamm ’12 (2012), “‘Personal Problems Are Political Problems’: The Gendered History of Disordered Eating”
  • Michael Goldfien ’12 & Erica Seltzer-Schultz ’12 (2011), “Zionism, Liberalism, and Young American Jews: How Redefining the American Zionist Could Help Bring Peace to the Middle East”
  • Joseph Maloney ’12 (2010), “Managing the Faithful: The Internal Labor Market of the Roman Catholic Church”
  • Katherine Lee ’09 (2009), “Transcendence and Myth in Science and Religion”
  • Nathan Redman ’09 (2008), “Assaying Our Western Inheritance: Enlightenment Ideals and the Case of Haiti”
  • Alexandra Kieffer ’08 (2007), “Music and Metaphor: Legacies of Representation in Abstract Instrumental Music”
  • Desire Takawira ’06 (2006), “Speaking Without Fear: How Did Zimbabwe Come to This?”
  • Uday Chandra ’06 (2005), “On Ethics and Economics”
  • Elizabeth Allan ’04 (2004), “The Monumental Shift: Poetry, Politics, and the New Aesthetic Order in American Memorial”
  • Rachel Copland ’05 (2003), “On the Necessity of the First Amendment: The Possibility of Progress in Society Today”
  • Joseph Hansen ’05 (2002), “The ‘Unwieldy and Overgrown Establishment’: The Lack of Aristotelian Moderation in 21st-Century America”
  • Melissa Yates ’01 (2001), “Between Poetry and Positivism: Alexis de Tocqueville’s ‘Social Science’”
  • Prize not awarded (2000)
  • Michael Dziegieliwski ’99 (1999), “The Rwandan Genocide: Historical Narratives and Ethnic Violence”
  • Prize not awarded (1998)
  • Thomas Taylor ’98 (1997), “Memetics: A New Model of the Evolution of Ideas”
  • Prize not awarded (1996)
  • Prize not awarded (1995)
  • Jill Cetina ’94 (1994), “Public Discourse and Social Tolerance: New Ideas for Russian Society”

Boyer Community Service Fellowship

In honor of Sarah Boyer ’08, this fellowship, worth approximately $3,000, is given annually to one or more students to fund a community service project in the community of Grinnell.

  • Lucia Tonachel '18 (2016)
  • Naomi Worob '18 (2016)
  • Ethan D. Lahn ’17 (2015)
  • Elizabeth J. Nelson ’17 (2015)
  • Elizabeth K. Honan ’14 (2014)
  • Adriana M. Walsh ’15 (2014)
  • Jessica R. Gallegos ’15 (2013)
  • Adriyel V. Mondloch ’14 (2013)
  • Rebecca E. K. Mandt ’13 (2012)
  • Noah R. Most ’13 (2012)
  • Stephanie L. Porter ’14 (2012)
  • Adelle M. Yin ’13 (2012)
  • Deborah E. Berk ’12 (2011)
  • Kenji M. Yoshino ’11 (2011)
  • Hannah L. Colter ’12 (2010)
  • Marco A. X. Fulgoni ’12 (2010)
  • Eric D. Nost ’09 (2009)
  • Jordan W. Scheibel ’10 (2009)
  • Emily B. Stiever ’09 (2009)
  • Caitlin M. Vaughan ’10 (2009)

President’s Medal

The President’s Medal is the highest honor Grinnell College gives to students. Conferred at Commencement, the award recognizes the one member of the senior class who most closely represents the “ideal Grinnell student.”

  • Rachael Marion Aschkenasy Aaronson (2017)
  • Madeleine Pesch (2016)
  • Austin McKenney (2015)
  • Remy Ferber (2014)
  • Noah Most (2013)
  • Eric Ritter (2012)
  • Ragnar Thorisson (2011)
  • Hart D. Ford (2010)
  • Brian Perbix (2009)
  • Olajumoke “Jumy” Adekeye (2008)
  • Megan K. Straughan (2007)
  • Eli Zigas (2006)
  • Anik Gevers (2005)
  • Randy Martinson (2004)
  • Lise-Marie Monroe (2003)
  • Kendra Young (2002)
  • Nicole Nelson (2001)
  • Ilana Golin (2000)
  • Brandie J. Christie (1999)
  • Erin Childress (1998)
  • Alice Gates (1997)
  • Jeffrey Lake (1996)
  • Scott Newstrom (1995)
  • Guen Gifford (1994)
  • Katrina Knight (1993)
  • Annamma M. Alexander (1992)
  • Marjorie Hrbek (1991)
  • Jon G. “Jake” Kosek (1990)
  • Katherine E. Furnish (1989)
  • Elisabeth Shelley Reid (1988)
  • Meghan E. Hays (1987)
  • Robert R. Rollins (1986)
  • Ian A. McLean (1985)
  • Sandra L. Laursen (1984)
  • Jennifer M. Jones (1983)
  • Eric E. Johnson (1982)
  • Lori A. Llewelyn (1981)
  • Nathaniel S. Borenstein (1980)
  • Brent C. Williams (1979)
  • Susan E. Duffey (1978)
  • Robert D. Sheeler (1977)
  • John A. Haigh (1976)
  • Frances Cutler (1975)
  • Deborah M. Van Horn (1974)
  • Carolyn Ashbaugh (1973)
  • Gregory L. Vranicar (1972)
  • Richard A. Deyo (1971)
  • Carol L. Martinson (1970)
  • Grant F. Crandall (1969)
  • Ronald M. Cogswell (1968)
  • Anne Sprague (1967)

Schwab Prize for Community Service

In memory of Lori Ann Schwab ’95, this $1,500 prize is awarded each spring at Baccalaureate to a graduating senior or seniors who have made a profound impact on the campus and local community while at Grinnell. As of summer 2016, this prize is being administered by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.

  • Ivy Kuhn (2016)
  • Aamir A. Walton (2015)
  • Zoe N. Cronin (2014)
  • Jennifer Peek (2013)
  • Joseph Hiller (2012)
  • Hanna Key (2011)
  • Alyssa Penner (2010)
  • Erin McBurney (2009)
  • Sarah Boyer (2008)
  • Megan Straughan (2007)
  • Rose Wilson (2006)
  • Rachel Scheckter (2005)
  • Jennifer Robinson (2004)
  • Anne O’Brien (2003)
  • Ellen Prusinski (2002)
  • Nicole Nelson (2001)
  • Lindsay M. Hagy (2000)
  • Stephanie Lynne Jaros (1999)
  • Sara Lynn Meinhard (1998)
  • Rachel Sydney Weiss (1998)
  • Alice B. Gates (1997)
  • Brett Reed Hendel (1997)
  • Kimberly Dawn Bowman (1996)
  • Sally Ann Campbell (1996)
  • Molly Beth Campe (1996)
  • Heather JoAnn Carlson (1996)
  • Joel Robert Griffith (1996)
  • Katherine Jahne Kropf (1996)
  • Jennifer A. Loertscher (1996)
  • Melissa Noel Muns (1996)
  • Hollis Virginia Pfitsch (1996)

Stouffer Fellowship

Established by Elsie Stouffer ’24, this fellowship, presently of approximately $18,000, provides funding for graduate study for a senior woman (or women) who are fluent in French, Spanish, or Portuguese and who are committed to careers in public service in Latin America.

  • Alejandra Rodriguez Wheelock (2017)
  • Prize distributed between two previous recipients (2016)
  • Lorena Ulloa (2015)
  • Elena Gartner (2014)
  • Prize not awarded (2013)
  • Hannah Colter (2012)
  • Bianca Silva (2011)
  • Chloe Neely (2010)
  • Meredith Nechitilo (2009)
  • Jamie Zwiebel (2008)
  • Kathleen Denyer (2007)
  • Kristin Boehne (2006)
  • Kelsey Alford-Jones (2005)
  • Jessica Beckwith (2004)
  • Georgia Hart (2004)
  • Prize not awarded (2003)
  • Kathleen Fairchild (2002)
  • Kendra Young (2002)
  • Jessica Tekla Les (2001)
  • Cori Zagarell (2000)
  • Jessica Chapman (1999)
  • Nike Papadopoulos (1998)
  • Alice Kloker (1997)
  • Julia Gage (1996)
  • Sarah Rosenberg (1995)
  • Celine Hamilton (1994)
  • Prize not awarded (1993)
  • Donna Lybecker (1992)
  • Melissa Hayes (1991)
  • Anthippy Petras (1990)
  • Julie Runk (1990)