The Rose Awards are given by the chapter to clerical and service staff workers nominated by faculty, staff, or students who know the work habits of the nominee. After the Awards Committee searches through hundreds of applications, chosen honorees are surprised by members of the chapter while at work.
This award was started by the class of 1968 in honor of Dean Helen B. Schleman. The Medallion award was created in partnership with that year’s class of Mortar Boarders, the Women’s Residence Council, Panhellenic and Off-Campus Women. Today, Mortar Boarders chair the committee that hand-picks a male or female faculty or staff member who honor the legacy of Dean Schleman.
Mortar Board annually awards graduate fellowships to encourage high-achieving Purdue students to pursue an advanced degree in graduate or professional studies. By awarding these fellowships, Mortar Board seeks to benefit and recognize students who show potential leadership in their chosen field and in their community. Mortar Board annually awards up to ten fellowships of $2500 each.
Beginning in the early 1980’s, Tip of the Cap awards are given to ten or so “unsung leaders” in the student body. Nominated by their student organizations, the winners are usually the hardest working students who receive the least recognition.
Initiated in the Spring of 1996, the Dean Betty Nelson Service Award honors those Purdue students who have excelled in the area of community service in the greater Lafayette area. These students often go unrecognized due to their nature as “servants” to their fellow citizens. The Dean Nelson Service Award is presented to one student who has illustrated these ideals of service.
Since 1997, the Mortar Board Challenge Scholarship has recognized sophomores who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service. The scholarship exists in tandem to challenge these students to continue to have a positive impact on the Purdue community as they continue their educational experience. The winner is announced at the annual Mortar Board banquet and awarded a $500 honorarium for educational fees.