Awards and Recognition
There are several prestigious awards which recognize the achievements and contributions of members of the Swarthmore Black Community. All awards are exhibited in the Black Cultural Center Robinson House.
The Black Alumni Prize
First presented in 1986 and sponsored by Swarthmore's Black Alumni, it is awarded annually to honor the sophomore or junior Black student(s) who has shown exemplary academic performance and community service.
James H. Batton '72 Award
Endowed in the memory of James H. Batton '72 by G. Isaac Stanley '73 and Ava Harris Stanley, MD '72, it is awarded to the student(s) who has demonstrated personal growth or career development.
Kathyrn L. Morgan Award
Installed in honor of one of the Black community's most cherished and revered elders, this award is given periodically to an adult member of the Swarthmore College Community in recognition of their significant contributions to the lives of African Americans at the College. These contributions may be in the areas of scholarship, professional services, student life, or mentoring. Inaugurated in 1992.
Jerry Wood Memorial Excellence and Leadership Award
Presented in commemoration of this ancestor's commitment to the Black Community, recognizes the student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and has made a significant contribution to the Africana Community. Inaugurated in 2000.
The Black Cultural Center Freshmen of the Year Award
Acknowledges a first year student(s), who has been an exceptional leader and made significant contributions to the Black community. Inaugurated in 2000.
The Black Cultural Center Leadership Award
Commends the graduating senior(s) who sustained the legacy of Black student leadership through representative and constructive activism. Inaugurated in 2000.
The Black Cultural Center's Director's Special Recognition Award
Given to those students who have proudly represented the Black community to the campus. Inaugurated in 2000.
The Chuck James Literary Prize
Awarded to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to the literary life of the Black Community. Inaugurated in 2005.