This monetary award was established in 1927 for excellence in scholarship.
Samantha M. Barnett
Established in 1949, this award is given to an outstanding graduate provides support for graduate study abroad or in the US.
Professor Christie Chung
Professor Barbara LiSanti
Abigail Choruby, Laurel Levitan, Inge Sorensen, Katherine Klapperich, May Young
Members are elected each year in acknowledgement of their high scholarly achievements, their pursuit of liberal learning, and their intellectual integrity and curiosity. Mills College was granted a charter by the national honor society of Phi Beta Kappa on September 12, 1928. Zeta Chapter in the State of California was installed March 16, 1929.
Chloe Abeyta, Aniella Aguiar, Ashwini Bartolucci, Alina Gomez, Ameyali Hernandez, Alexandra Moreno, Xenya Nikeyenkova, Chloe Poudrier
An honor society inviting high-achieving freshmen and sophomores. Members must have a GPA of 3.4 or above and rank in the top 20 percent of their class.
Amber Hester, Elizabeth Hinsley, Heather Cowart, Ivory MacCracken-Sanders, Jennifer Stovall, Karena Huang, Katt Xu, Laila Aldabashi, Scyan Hall, Sierra Green
Grace "Ty" Searing Dhaemers Art History Award
Sequoia Belk-Hurst, Danielle LaFontaine
Grace "Ty" Searing Dhaemers Award (Sculpture)
This art history award is based on academic merit and given to juniors who will be returning to Mills as seniors in the fall.
Ralph DuCasse Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in studio art with an emphasis in drawing and painting.
Hung Liu Prize
announced at commencement
For excellence in studio art.
Jay DeFeo MFA Prize
announced at commencement
Established under the terms of the artist's will through an endowment to Mills College, the Jay DeFeo Prize at Mills College is awarded annually to one (or more) graduating Master of Fine Arts student(s) in Studio Art.
Wellhausen Family Award
announced at commencement
This award, in honor of Dorothy Bank, is given for the Senior Show.
Eleanor E. Crum Award in Ceramics
Lola Ray Lewis
This prize was established in 1968 from the estate of William L. Crum in honor of his wife. This award is given to students for excellence in ceramics.
Photographic Prize for Creative Excellence
Yana Sternberger-Moye, Jenna St.George
This prize is awarded to a student who has continued to show creative excellence and experimentation in the medium of photography.
Eugene Trefethen Award
This award recognizes the graduating senior scholar-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
Karen Koshak Prize
This award is given in recognition of an exemplary healthy, well-balanced and physically active lifestyle and promotion of the physical education program.
Biology Department Above and Beyond Award
For outstanding contribution.
Barbara Bowman Molecular Award
The award is given to a graduating senior who demonstrates passionate curiosity and appreciation of all things molecular and cellular.
Caryl Parker Haskins Prize
Hannah Horten, Maia Ziaee
This prize was established in 1966 in honor of former Trustee Dr. Haskins for distinction in the life sciences.
John Harris Award
For academic excellence in biology.
Vera Long Prize
This prize was established in 1987 and given in honor of an outstanding paper written on environmental biology. It is named for a Mills Alumna and lifelong Trustee.
Center for the Book Award for Excellence in Book Art
This award sponsored by Mills College Center for the Book, recognizes a student who has made a significant commitment to book art throughout her undergraduate studies and has demonstrated overall excellence in her classes and projects.
Helen Pillans Award
This award is given in honor of Helen Pillans, who taught at Mills for many years and was responsible for the establishment of the computer science program in the 1960s.
This award is given for excellence in computer science and contributions to the computer science community. Formerly Diane McEntyre Award, recently renamed the Lennox-McEntyre Award, in honor of the late Carol Lennox.
Dance Department Merit Award
This award is given for exceptional growth and achievement.
Dance Department Performer Award
This award is given for exemplary work on stage.
Dance Department Creativity Award
Gheisa Andrea Schmidt
This award is given for exceptional ingenuity in performance and technology.
E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Excellence in Innovation Award
This award is given for exceptional originality in performance and choreography.
E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Merit Award
This award is given for outstanding academic work and a spirit of open inquiry.
E. L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Excellence in Teaching Award
This award is given for outstanding thesis research.
Marion Ross Merit Scholarship
This award is given in honor of Dr. Marion Ross, respected alumna and former economics professor at Mills. It is awarded for excellence in economics.
Nancy Thornborrow Endowed Prize
This award is named in honor of Professor Nancy Thornborrow for her creative leadership, and is awarded to one or more undergraduate alumna/e, outstanding students enrolled in the accelerated degree program who plans to earn an MBA from Mills in two semesters of full-time graduate study.
Commitment to Social Justice Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching
Classroom Research Focus Masters in Education with an Emphasis in Teaching
Commitment to Social Justice in Humanities Credential Program
Representing Reflective and Integrated Teaching Practice in Humanities Program
Commitment to Social Justice in Multiple Subjects Credential Program
Representing Reflective and Integrated Practice in Multiple Subjects Credential Program
Commitment to Social Justice in Early Childhood Education
Representing Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education
Adela Martinez Berg; Alice Blecker
Reflective and Integrated Practice in Early Childhood Education
Joan Henry Award
Hsiaohuey Lee, Cristiana Rivera
Senior Distinction in Child Development Award
Amanda Davis MFA Thesis in Fiction Award
This thesis prize for fiction is in memory of Mills English professor Amanda Davis who died in a plane crash while promoting her first novel in March 2003.
Ardella Mills Prize
Graduate Honorable Mention—Clare Lilliston
Prizes given for excellence in literary composition was established in 1931, by a bequest of Maria Elizabeth Mills, in memory of her daughter.
English I Essay Prize
This award is for an essay written in English 001 class for both fall and spring semesters.
Leila Abu-Saba Prize
This prize is given to a graduate student emerging prose writer in creative nonfiction
Marion Hood Boess Haworth Prize
The award is given for excellence in fiction for children's and young adult literature.
Mary Merritt Henry Prize
Undergraduate Poetry—TJ Johnston
Graduate Poetry—Mia Boykin
Established in 1921, these prizes are awarded for a group of poems by students.
Melody Clarke Teppola Prize in Creative Writing Fiction:
Graduate Honorable Mention—Kari Treese
This prize recognizes students for original thinking and superior writing.
Melody Clarke Teppola Prize in Creative Nonfiction:
This prize recognizes students for original thinking and superior writing.
Ethnic Studies Outstanding Scholarship Award
This award recognizes a student(s) who has achieved overall academic excellence in the department.
Reaching Beyond Award
This award recognizes excellence in building coalitions between communities of color on campus and through service to the community. This award highlights the importance of building unity in diversity in order to achieve social change.
The Spirit of Dolores Huerta Award
Emmely Tot Mairena
This award recognizes the student who has demonstrated the kind of courageous and conscientious pursuit of justice as evinced in the person of Dolores Huerta.
Anne Hummel Sherrill Merit Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to the top junior student in history. The award is determined in the spring and applied toward senior year tuition.
Honors in Major: History
Evelyn Anaya, Lauren Havey, Grace Spoljaric, Isabel Strychacz
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
Emma Anderson, Janin Escobedo-Garcia, Eden Hood, Maria Hosfield, Katherine Klapperich, Melika Sebihi, Inge Sorensen, Julie Pitta, Lauren Wong
Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society for history whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.
Reynold M. Wik Award
Katherine Klapperich, Julie Pitta, Lauren Wong
Established in 1998, this prize is awarded to the outstanding senior in history.
Donna Petersen Vocal Prize
This award is given for excellence in vocal performance.
Elizabeth Mills Crothers Award
Sally Decker, Nicholas Grieneisen
Endowed in 1931 by Maria Elizabeth Mills in memory of her daughter, this is awarded for outstanding musical composition.
Flora Boyd Piano Performance
This is awarded for outstanding piano performance.
Frog Peak Collective Experimental Music Award
Naomi Harrison-Clay, Matthew Robidoux, Jess Tambellini
This is awarded to a graduate student who has completed an outstanding thesis on experimental music or who has contributed to the community of experimental musicians.
Margaret Lyon Music Student Prize
Rodolfo Cordova-Lebron, Rodrigo Diaz Barriga Lopez, Antonio Gennaro, Timothy Russell, Imogen Teasley-Vlautin
Established in 2004 in memory of Dr. Margaret Lyon, head of the music department for twenty-five years, by her family, friends and students. This prize is awarded to outstanding music students.
Maurthea Friedberger Cup
This award is given to the most outstanding senior music major.
Music Department Community Spirit Award
This award is given to students for excellence in performance.
Myrta Bennet Wieland Excellence in Voice
This award is given for outstanding vocal performance.
Paul Merritt Henry Prize
This prize was established in 1928 by Aurelia Henry Reinhardt during her presidency at Mills as a memorial to her brother. It is awarded for excellence in the musical composition of stringed instruments.
Lawrence Schrader Prize in International Relations
This award is given to a student for academic excellence and outstanding service.
Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
Amber Shouse, Kayd Miller, Alcicia Cantrell
Sociology Student of the Year
Established in 1998, this honor is awarded for active contributions to the sociology program at Mills in addition to the achievement of academic excellence.
Gabriela Mistral Prize
Khaled A. Morales
In honor of Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1945. She received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Mills College in 1947. Awarded to graduating seniors for excellent academic work in the field of Hispanic letters.
Maria Naumann-Etienne Prize
Alexis D. Joshua
For Spanish and Spanish American studies students who have a special interest in South American literature and culture.
Certificado de Honor
Alexis D. Joshua, Khaled A. Morales, Deny M. Rodriguez
Queer Studies, Katie Funes
Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, Tess Waxman
This award is given to an undergraduate student for the best women's, gender and sexulity studies essay or nonfiction paper.
This is awarded for outstanding scholarship and community service in women's, gender and sexuality studies.
Christine LaFia Award
Senior with outstanding service to the College over their entire time at Mills.
Outstanding Senior Award
Graduating senior recognized for involvement in and contribution to the Mills community.
Helen Carroll Award
Faculty, staff or student recognized for dedication to securing equal rights and combating discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Peg Dean Leadership Award
Mi Rae Park
Established by Alumna Edyth Chan to recognize an Asian American student for demonstrated leadership on campus.
Coleen Gragen Award
Tyrice Deane Brown
Faculty, staff or student recognized for dedication and advocacy for women.
Shirley Weishaar Award
Outstanding service to the Division of Student Life over their entire time at Mills.
Palladium (juniors and seniors)
Honor society recognizing juniors and seniors who combine academic excellence with service to the College over their entire time at Mills. Palladium requires a 3.0 GPA.
Student Organization of the Year
Undocumented Student Union
Presented to an organization that has demonstrated through their events and activities, outstanding collaboration and dedication to educating the Mills and broader community in support of the College’s and the ASMC’s mission.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year
Recognizes a campus advisor who dedicates time and resources to the advancement of a club or organization. The nominee offers support to students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.
Community Engagement (CE) Awards recognize students, faculty or staff for their demonstrated leadership in working towards racial justice and intersecting causes and their exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.
CEA Athlete of the Year
Recognizes a student who has participated in sports at Mills and has exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.
CEA Community Service Leader of the Year
Recognizes a student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving the Mills community or wider communities of color.
CEA Community Activism of the Year
Recognizes a student who has demonstrated leadership in social justice activism within the Mills and/or non-Mills community.
CEA Staff Member of the Year
Recognizes a staff member who has exhibited working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity to support students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.
CEA Emerging Staff Member of the Year
Recognizes a staff member who has exhibited working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity to support students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy during their first year of arrival to campus.
CEA Faculty Member of the Year
Recognizes a faculty member who has exhibited working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity to support students through mentorship, guidance, and advocacy.
CEA Graduate Leader of the Year
Recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated leadership in working towards racial justice and intersecting causes and exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.
CEA Emerging Leader of the Year
Recognizes a first year, sophomore, or new transfer has demonstrated leadership in working towards racial justice and intersecting causes and exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.
CEA Junior Leader of the Year
Emmely Tot Mairena
Recognizes a junior student has demonstrated leadership in working towards racial justice and intersecting causes and exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.
CEA Senior Leader of the Year
Recognizes a senior student has demonstrated leadership in working towards racial justice and intersecting causes and exhibited involvement working for freedom, solidarity, and/or dignity for all people.
Ruth Masayko Award
Recognizes a staff or faculty member who has shown unique willingness to support students with disabilities
Patrice Griffin Award
Josephine Vander Klay
Awarded to recognize outstanding enthusiasm and support for aquatic programs.
Elizabeth Rheem Stoner Award
Awarded to a student for outstanding contribution to the recreation program.
Leadership Development Series Certificates
The Leadership Development Series provides students an opportunity to grow in their leadership skills. As part of this series students who complete five or more workshops receive a leadership certificate.
Leadership in Campus Sustainability
Student recognized for outstanding leadership in furthering environmental and social sustainability into the campus culture.