Nominate a Douglass Student for an Award

Student Prizes awarded by the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College.
Student Prizes are: the Margery Somers Foster Senior Service Award, the Leah Boddie Award for Outstanding Community Service, and the Jewel Plummer Cobb Award for the Outstanding African-American Douglass College Senior.

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Jewel Plummer Cobb Senior Recognition Award for the Outstanding African-American Douglass College Senior

A cash award to honor the African-American student who has demonstrated academic achievement, cocurricular involvement and is a role model for other African-American students. Please check back for nomination information.

Leah Boddie Award for Outstanding Community Service

A cash award and inscribed walnut box to honor a Douglass student from any class who has performed community service outside the University, not for degree credit. Please check back for nomination information.

Margery Somers Foster Senior Service Award

A cash award and inscribed walnut box for the Douglass senior who has benefited her classmates and the Douglass community by her outstanding participation in campus affairs. Please check back for nomination information.

  • The Margery Somers Foster Senior Service Award has had a rich and enduring history. The award, which honors a senior who has benefited her classmates and the Douglass community by her outstanding participation in campus affairs, was initiated in 1949 by the Alumnae. It was originally called the Heritage Award and was presented at Alumnae Reunion in June. The prize was not monetary but “…a hand-wrought silver pin…designed by an alumna, which symbolize[d] in its circular design the circle of college friendship, and in its three pine cones, the three groups of Douglass women—the alumnae, the undergraduates, and the students yet to be.”
  • In 1955, the name of the award was changed to the Senior Service Award “…to better exemplify the belief that this award was one more concerned with the future than the past…” The presentation of the award was also changed from Alumnae Reunion to the Sacred Path ceremony. The award was not presented in 1955 or 1960.
  • In 1975, with a gift in honor of former Dean Margery Somers Foster from Philip D. Crockett, a monetary gift ($200) was established to accompany the award. At that point, the award became known as the Margery Somers Foster Prize for the Senior Service winner, or more generally, the Margery Somers Foster Senior Service Award.
  • Beginning in 1977, the recipient of the award no longer received a pin but a sterling silver round pendant featuring a cut-out stylized Douglass pine tree; the pendant was hand crafted by a local craftswoman, Paula Nagy. In 1981, the award of jewelry was dropped. In 1987, documentation supports that an inscribed walnut box decorated with the Douglass medallion was presented, but it is not known if this prize was awarded as early as 1981 to replace the jewelry. In 1984, the amount of the award was increased to $500 and, by 1994, to $1,000.
  • Currently, the award consists of a paper citation, an inscribed walnut box with Douglass medallion, and a monetary ($1000) award. (In case of multiple winners, the monetary prize is divided.