Kennedy Memorial Awards

John P. Kennedy, an alumnus of the Honors Program, has provided two generous gifts to acknowledge and support excellence in writing and scholarship, particularly in poetry and women's issues. Winners receive a signed certificate and a cash award of $1500.

Patricia Kennedy Prize

Named in honor of Mr. Kennedy’s mother, this award is given with preference for students working in English literature or women’s issues: any student whose work touches on these fields may be nominated for this award, no matter the department of major. 

Dr. John J. Kennedy Prize

Named in honor of Mr. Kennedy’s father, this award is given to acknowledge and support excellence in poetry, creative writing, and scholarship about literature for an outstanding student in the Honors Program. 

We invite department chairs, Honors concentration directors and advisors, and Honors thesis advisors to nominate all excellent students for this prize. Because of the specific fields of endeavor which this prize recognizes, the nomination letter should describe the student’s excellence in either or both of these fields, in course work, research, and thesis as appropriate.

Award winners are chosen by the Honors Directors, the Honors faculty advisory council, and senior staff. Nominations should include a supporting letter from the Department Chair, Associate Chair or Honors Concentration Director or Advisor. If available, a letter from the student's thesis advisor is also welcome, in which case a short endorsement from the department would suffice. Nominations should address the undergraduate achievements of the student and his/her potential for continued excellence.

Nominations should reach our office by Monday, April 11, at noon. Electronic submissions should be sent to Please save all applications materials as a single PDF entitled "LastName_FirstName_Application." Hard copy nominations should be sent to Dr. Donna Wessel Walker, Associate Director, LSA Honors Program, 1330 Mason Hall.

Prizes are presented at the Honors Graduation Awards Ceremony, which will be held the Thursday before graduation. Faculty who submit nominations are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony.