Virginia L. Voss Memorial Award

The Virginia L. Voss Memorial Awards for excellence in writing by senior Honors women were established in memory of the late Ms. Voss, an Honors graduate in the 1950s and college editor at Mademoiselle Magazine. Students may apply for these awards themselves; however some departments nominate outstanding students, and we welcome such nominations. Whether self-nominated or put forward by the department, students will need a letter of recommendation or evaluation as described below. The Voss prizes carry substantial monetary awards.

There are three categories of awards:

  1. Academic writing.
  2. Journalism.
  3. Creative writing.

Deadline:  12 noon, second Monday in April.  

You are encouraged to submit your thesis work directly to (Word or PDF attachment). Please save all applications materials as a single PDF entitled "LastName_FirstName_Thesis." 

Concentration directors, advisors, and departmental representatives:
The Virginia Voss Memorial Awards for excellence in writing by senior Honors women can be worth as much as $1000, occasionally more. Students submit entries directly to us, but we need some input from the departments of concentration. We would greatly appreciate information about the way the candidates are ranked by your department and the strengths of each. One letter comparing the thesis work of all the women in your department is fine. You need not supply individual letters for each applicant. The more guidance you can give us about the quality of your students’ thesis work, the better. Please send your recommendation(s)/documentation to, using the following naming convention: "Student Last Name_Student First Name_Faculty Recommender Last Name."

Voss Awards will be given at the Honors Graduation Awards ceremony on the Thursday prior to graduation. Faculty who submit nominations are welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony.