Awards and HonorsEvery year, our office makes several recognition awards and financial awards for activities related to our mission. Information about our award programs, applications and deadlines can be found below, along with any additional information listed under each award.

With the discretion of the Office, the financial awards’ monetary amount may change.

Bessie B. Collins Award

“Bessie Collins awardee Effie Halakos”, also pictured, Dr. Carol Henderson, President Dennis Assanis and Provost Robin Morgan

This $700 award was established to honor the former Dean of Women, Bessie B. Collins, an early advocate and supporter of continuing education for women. The award serves to continue that support and encouragement of women students and to recognize the variety of perspectives, diversity, and richness adult students bring to the University community.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Over 22 years old
  • A matriculated woman student
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Demonstration of future promise and evidence of overcoming special difficulties
  • Contribution to the University and greater communities

Nominations for this scholarship should be submitted to, and include a statement describing the applicant’s background and career plans, as well as evidence of how the individual meets the criteria of the award and a letter of recommendation. Self-nominations are acceptable. The recipients(s) and their families are honored at the annual Women of Promise Dinner in the spring semester.

Past Awardees

  • 2018 – Effie Halakos
  • 2017 Zhuolun Fu
  • 2016  Christy Mannering & Gwendolyn Gregory
  • 2015 – Rebecca Sahraoui
  • 2014 – Natalie Cook
  • 2013 – Michelle Church
  • 2012 – N/A
  • 2011 – Talia Sykes
  • 2010 – Carissa Young
  • 2009 – Jennifer Griffin & Katherin von Duyke
  • 2008 – Danielle Aldrich Chellappoo
E. Arthur Trabant Women's Equity Award

Regina Sims Wright

This award was established in recognition of the late President Emeritus E. Arthur Trabant’s support for women’s equity at the University of Delaware.

The recipient(s) and their families are honored at the Women of Promise Dinner in the spring semester.

The E. Arthur Trabant Award for Women’s Equity is given annually to any individual, department, administrative unit, or committee who has contributed to equity for women at the University.

It defines “contributions” broadly to encourage as wide a range of nominations as possible, but examples might include developing exemplary programs or curricula, implementing innovative policies and procedures related to women’s equity, and enhancing existing services to women.

Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the University community and should be submitted to

Self-nominations must be accompanied by at least one supporting letter from outside the unit.


Past Awardees

  • 2019 – Regina Sims Wright
  • 2018 – Babatunde Ogunnaike
  • 2017– Heather Doty
  • 2016 – Jenni Buckley
  • 2015 – XXX
  • 2014 – Angela Seguin
  • 2013 – The Women’s Caucus
  • 2012 – The Advance Team – Jessica Schiffman
  • 2011 – Monika Shafi
  • 2010 – Deborah Bieler
  • 2009 – Pamela Cook
The Diversity Ambassador Award

Staff Appreciation & Development Luncheon with presentation by Jennifer Daniels, Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion, and a acknowledgment of Joyce Henderson for her 30 years of service.

This award recognition is given to individuals who have made strong contributions to inclusive excellence at the University.

The recipients are honored at the Staff Development and Appreciation Lunch in the spring semester.

The Staff Development and Appreciation Lunch was created to foster positive relationships among diverse staff, provide a place to engage in healthy conversations related to diversity and inclusion, introduce individuals from various backgrounds and cultures, and promote self-empowerment. The 2018 keynote speaker was Jennifer Daniels, associate director in the Office of Equity and Inclusion.


  • 2018 – Joyce Henderson
Louis L. Redding Diversity Award
2018 Redding Lecture

2018 – Camille Johnson & Ramona Neunuebel

The Louis L. Redding Diversity Award was created to recognize individuals or units at UD whose efforts have promoted, enhanced and implemented diversity programs or activities that have resulted in a significant change in the campus climate and composition within the University community.

The Redding Diversity award comes with a $1000 gift. The recipient(s) is (are) honored at the Annual Louis L. Redding Lecture.

Nominations for this award should be submitted to by February 14, 2020. Self nominations are accepted.


Past Awardees

  • 2018 Camille Johnson & Ramona Neunuebel
  • 2017 – Jennifer Daniels
  • 2016 – Jessica Cornwell
  • 2015 – José Aviles
  • 2014 – Karla Bell & Brian Chad Starks
  • 2013 – Kimberly Saunders
  • 2012 – no award
  • 2011 – James Jones & Kasandra Moye
  • 2010 – Melva Ware
  • 2008 – Maria Palacas
Mae Carter Scholarship

2019 – Erin Rezich

The $1,500 scholarship, in honor of Mae Carter, former Assistant Provost for Women’s Affairs and Executive Director of the Commission on the Status of Women, is awarded to an undergraduate woman student at the University who carries the values that Mae Carter has represented to the University community of women.

The applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate woman student
  • Has attended UD for at least 1 year
  • Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0
  • Evidence of work to advance the status of women at the University
  • Preference given to returning adult women (a woman student who is over 22 and entering college for the first time or returning after a period of time not attending college).

Nominations for the scholarship should be submitted electronically to and include a statement describing the applicant’s background and career plans, as well as evidence of how the individual meets the criteria of the award and a letter of recommendation. Self-nominations are acceptable. The recipient(s) and their families are honored at the annual Women of Promise Dinner in the spring semester.


Past Awardees

  • 2019 – Erin Rezich
  • 2018- Rebecca Glinn
  • 2017 – Pallavi Mathur
  • 2016 – Sage Carson & Sanika Salim
  • 2015 – Anne Corbett Wright & Rebecca Guarino
  • 2014 – Abigail Samuels
  • 2013 – Shelah Balakhan
  • 2012 – Eleanor Sanderman
  • 2011 – Marissa Kinsey
  • 2010 – Meredith Ambrose & Meghan Wallace
  • 2009 – Carly Wines
  • 2008 – Jooyoung Lee
Mary Custis Straughn Disability Advocacy Award

A one-page nomination should be submitted to by TBD. Self-nominations are being accepted.

Mary Custis Straughn, a 1955 graduate of the University of Delaware who developed multiple sclerosis at age 38, was a dedicated advocate for ensuring the rights of people with disabilities and creating educational opportunities for them. Her legacy has endured through the Mary Custis Straughn Endowment for Disabled Students at the University of Delaware. For 25 years, the endowment has supported a variety of disability support services on campus. In honor of Ms. Straughn and the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which she actively promoted, the university’s office of the Vice Provost for Diversity announces the establishment of an annual award for excellence in higher education disability advocacy.

The award will recognize a member of the university community whose advocacy, leadership, research, teaching, or service

  • promotes access and excellence for people with disabilities in higher education, and
  • contributes to the creation of a university culture that engages and embraces disability within its vision for diversity.


Past Awardees

  • 2018 – Karl Booksh
  • 2017 – Laura Eisenman
  • 2016 – Stephanie Kerschbaum
Student Ambassadors of Diversity

This award serves to recognize a student and an established student group for their efforts to celebrate diversity on campus. The individual recipient will receive a scholarship valued at $400. Group recipients will receive $600 of funding for additional resources to utilize in pursuit of furthering diversity initiatives.

Applicant(s) must meet the following criteria in their application materials:

  • Evidence of working collaboratively with others to create a more inclusive campus community or fostering an environment where diverse groups work together toward achieving common goals.
  • Sustain involvement in campus activities that strive to educate UD students on the importance of diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Develop and implement a program that symbolizes the ideal that all cultures should be celebrated, honored, and embraced within the University of Delaware community. This can be done by:
    • enlightening the University community about a particular culture(s);
    • showcasing cultural identity, traditions, or heritage through a variety of mediums; or
    • cultivating a new level of awareness and respect for various cultures in participants.
  • Serve as an ally mentoring students of underrepresented groups, or mentoring students in the area of diversity education

Nominations for the award are accepted from any member of the University community. Self-nominations must be accompanied by at least one supporting letter from outside the unit.

Past Awardees

  • 2014 – Diversity Enrichment Leaders & Jeremy Mathis
  • 2013 – Multicultural Greek Congress
  • 2012 – Mahel Hamroun
The Kevin Miner Scholarship

The Kevin Miner scholarship was created through The University of Delaware’s chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi international honor society to honor and remember Kevin. We are happy to announce that this scholarship will be sustained and awarded each year in Kevin’s name.

Kevin was a student with a disability at UD who passed away in November 2015 from his disability. He was initiated into the Delta Alpha Pi International honor society (DAPi) and also installed as an officer (Treasurer) in the honor society. For those who knew Kevin, his good nature, constant optimism, sense of humor and most importantly, his uncompromising, quiet strength was awe-inspiring. Members of the honor society have also described Kevin as determined, academically successful, kind, humble and committed to “making a difference”.

While a student at UD, Kevin exemplified the values of DAPi. The honor society presents an opportunity to recognize students with a disability for their academic accomplishments and success as they also manage the complexities of a disability. By celebrating the talents and skills of successful students who also have a disability, it changes perceptions and results in a more inclusive, stronger and welcoming community.

Some of the core values of DAPi are: Leadership, advocacy and education. As Kevin excelled in each of these areas, it is appropriate and an honor to offer a scholarship in his name to another UD student with a disability who has demonstrated commitment in these three areas and exhibits some of the same attributes as Kevin.

The $1000 award will be given to a student who:

Demonstrates  and embodies the core values of:

  • Leadership
  • Provides and promotes advocacy (for self or others)
  • Pride in educational pursuits

Exemplifies Kevin’s characteristics:

  • Optimism
  • Strength
  • Commitment to disability issues and  to “making a difference”
The Louis Redding Scholar Award

Jennifer Daniels, 2017.

This award recognizes a student or student group (Grad or Undergraduate) that is a member of a historically underrepresented population at UD, whose academic work and effort have promoted the betterment of the UD campus through racial and cultural awareness about issues of diversity and social justice.

This award comes with a $500 gift. The recipient(s) is (are) honored at the Annual Louis L. Redding Lecture in the spring semester.

Nominations for this award should be submitted to by February 14, 2020.


Past Awardees

  • 2017 – Barbara Romero & Jennifer Daniels
  • 2016 – Eli Webster
Women of Promise

Women of Promise Dinner held March 19, 2019 in Trabant Multipurpose Room. Speakers Dr. Carol E. Henderson, Vice-Provost for Diversity, Dr. Dennis Assanis, President, Dr. Robin Morgan, Provost, and Keynote Speaker, Dr. Valerie Biden Owens, Vice Chair of the Biden Institute.

Every year, the Women of Promise Dinner promotes positive faculty and student mentoring relationships and encourages students to continue succeeding in and out of the University.

Women on the UD faculty are invited to nominate exceptional women undergraduate and graduate students for this distinction, and the students then accompany their hosts at an evening networking dinner.


Previous Keynote Speakers

  • 2019 Valerie Biden Owens

  • 2018 – Quinetta Roberson (Keynote speaker)

  • 2016 – Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Maricopa Community Colleges
Students of Distinction

2019 – Wali Rushdan

The Students of Distinction celebrations focuses on transformative relationships between mentors and mentees that help students succeed here at UD. These relationships are key to helping our students realize their true potential as they embark on academic journey of self-discovery.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to invite African American and Latino undergraduate and graduate students and accompany them to a dinner.




  • 2019 – Wali Rushdan
  • 2018 – Yasser Payne & Brooklynn Hitchens


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