Department Awards

OUTSTANDING SENIOR THESIS
Awarded to one senior in the department each year for the best thesis, accompanied by a cash prize

  • not awarded, 2020
  • Sasha Bronder, 2019
  • Jacob Joyce, 2019
  • Emily Sheppard, 2019
  • Jamie R. Allen, 2017
  • Benjamin Cowgill, 2016
  • Jill Disbro, 2014
  • Tim Smith, 2013 
  • Jonathan Thumas, 2013
  • Patrick Whitson, 2013    
  • Adam (Cody) Sexton, 2011
  • Elizabeth Nicoll, 2010

SENIOR SCHOLAR
Awarded each year to the seniors with the highest G.P.A. in each of the three majors

  • Cara Anderson, 2020 (Christian Studies)
  • Paul Martin, 2020 (Religious Studies)
  • Johnson Mihaly, 2020 (Philosophy)
  • Emily Sheppard, 2019 (Christian Studies)
  • Sasha Bronder, 2019 (Religious Studies)
  • Jacob Joyce, 2019 (Philosophy)
  • Caleb Lythgoe, 2018 (Christian Studies)
  • Leah Weinstein, 2018 (Religious Studies)
  • Emily Grice, 2018 (Philosophy)
  • Bejamin P. Cowgill, 2017 (Religious Studies)
  • Zachary B. Wright, 2017 (Christian Studies)
  • Jamie R. Allen, 2017 (Philosophy)
  • Bridget Rose, 2016 (Philosophy)
  • Bridget Gautieri, 2016 (Religious Studies)
  • Griffin Pivarunas, 2016 (Christian Studies)
  • Aubrey Teague, 2015 (Philosophy)
  • Amanda Lundberg, 2015 (Religious Studies)
  • Paisley LeRoy, 2015 (Christian Studies)
  • Jill Disbro, 2014 (Philosophy)
  • Christopher Beckman, 2014 (Religious Studies)
  • Edward Hrinya, 2013 (Philosophy)
  • Katy Cline, 2013 (Christian Studies)
  • Jonathan Thumas, 2013 (Religious Studies)
  • Patrick Whitson, 2012 (Philosophy)
  • Heather Repass, 2012 (Christian Studies)
  • Ellen MacInnis, 2012 (Religious Studies)
  • Adam (Cody ) Sexton, 2011 (Philosophy)
  • Caroline Lance, 2011 (Christian Studies)
  • Kathryn Schlimmer, 2011 (Religious Studies)
  • Laura Jennings, 2010 (Philosophy)


JOHN T. BOWMAN MEMORIAL AWARD

A prize in money made possible by the income from a gift from Mrs. John T. Bowman of Salem, Virginia.  It is given to a senior student for outstanding work in the field of religion or religious activities.

  • Cara Anderson, 2020
  • Sasha Bronder, 2019
  • Leah Weinstein, 2018
  • Benjamin P. Cowgill, 2017
  • Joseph Kropff, 2016
  • Amanda Lundberg, 2015
  • Shaina Lidd, 2014
  • Tim Smith, 2013
  • Tim Smith, 2012
  • Caroline Lance, 2011

THE MARY COOPER WILLIAMS MEMORIAL AWARD
This award, established in memory of Mary Cooper Williams by Dr. L. Grady Cooper, Roanoke College '22, and his wife Miriam Greever Cooper, is presented annually to an outstanding student(s) majoring in religion and philosophy, with preference given to Lutheran students who are studying for the ministry or service in the church.

  • Alexa Chapman, 2020
  • Aubrey Frabutt, 2020
  • Hannah Schneider, 2019
  • Emily Grice, 2018
  • Bridget M. Rose 2017
  • Jamie Allen, 2016
  • Jordan Fallon, 2015
  • Jill Disbro, 2014
  • Patrick Whitson, 2013
  • Edward Hrinya, 2012
  • Adam (Cody) Sexton, 2011
  • Elizabeth Nicoll, 2010


THE REVEREND DR. PAUL L. YOUNT PRIZE
A prize in money given annually in memory of The Reverend Paul L. Yount, '10, to the pre-ministerial student who has shown the highest qualities of leadership.

  • Matthew McKinney, 2019
  • Hayley Moe, 2018
  • Zachary B. Wright 2017
  • Melony Bosdell, 2016
  • Griffin Pivarunas, 2015
  • B. Tyler Coles, 2014
  • Stephanie Wickett, 2013
  • Julia Boudrye, 2012
  • Amy Woodson, 2011


ZENO CONTEST
The Zeno Contest is a critical thinking contest sponsored annually by the Religion and Philosophy Department and open to all Roanoke College students.  A modest cash prize and an extravagant trophy are awarded to the student with the most cogently reasoned solution to a logical puzzle.

  • Aubrey Frabutt, 2020
  • not awarded, 2019
  • Jared Mercadante, 2018
  • Kelly Makowske, 2016
  • Brian Whitt and Laura Moats, 2015
  • Jaymes Inman, 2014
  • Tyler Grossheim, 2013
  • Edward Hrinya, 2012
  • Luke Hägele, 2011
  • Jaymes Inman, 2010