Student Awards

E. A. Sheslow Prize for Distinguished Leadership

The Sheslow Prize recognizes the achievements of students in the College of Arts and Sciences who:

  • are in their junior year, (graduating the following fall or spring semester--students graduating this May are not eligible);
  • are working toward a B.S., B.F.A., B.M., B.M.E. or B.A. degree to be awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • have demonstrated leadership
  • have a record of performance in student life activities or on- and off-campus employment.

Eligible nominees will be invited to submit a resume, an essay on leadership, and three supporting letters of recommendation. Awards will be based upon the committee’s evaluation of these materials. One prize of $1,500 will be awarded. The award is presented at the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Convocation ceremony during the spring semester.

TO NOMINATE: Nominations should be forwarded to by February 19. Nominated students will be notified and invited to submit required supporting materials.

Edward C. Truman Award for Outstanding Student in the Humanities

Each year, the Center for the Humanities confers the Edward C. Truman Award upon a Drake University undergraduate not yet in his or her fourth year at Drake who has made outstanding achievements, both in and out of the classroom, in the humanities. The Award is endowed in the name of Edward C. Truman, a Drake alumnus, a well-known composer of incidental music and scores for television programs in the 'fifties, 'sixties, and 'seventies and a former network music director.

Nominations can be made by any Drake faculty member. After receiving nominations, the Center requests supporting material from nominees, including a brief statement of purpose. The cash award is given by a representative of the Center for the Humanities at the Arts and Sciences Spring Honors Convocation.

Nomination Deadline: March 1

Supporting Material Deadline: The Monday immediately following spring break.

Nomination Procedures: Nominations must come from a current member of Drake's faculty. Please send a letter of nomination outlining the nominee's Humanities-related achievements and potential for future development as a student and practitioner of Humanistic inquiry. Letters should be sent electronically to the Center's Director, either in the body of an email or as an attached document. Letters that speak to relevant work undertaken both in and out of the classroom, and that report on the student's achievements in detail will offer the Board a firmer basis for deliberation than letters that report generally on a relatively more narrow range of achievements.

The Center will hold the names of nominators in confidence; however, anonymity is not required of the nominator. Accordingly, nominators are welcome to discuss their nominations with nominees and to advise them on submitting their personal statements.

The Center will confirm that each nominee is an eligible undergraduate in good standing before soliciting supporting materials. The Director will inform nominators of a nominee's eligibility and of whether the nominee elects to remain in consideration for the award.

President's List and Dean's List

The President’s list and dean's list are announced after each semester of the academic year. The President’s list includes the names of all undergraduate students who have satisfied certain other requirements and earned a grade-point average of 4.00. The dean's list include those undergraduate students in each college and school who have achieved a grade-point average of 3.50 and above.

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A&S News
May 20, 2016
Zenith Chamber Music Festival returns August 16-20 with free concerts in venues including the Salisbury House, Jasper Winery, Des Moines Art Center, and Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium.