Awards & Scholarships

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Seward Scholarship

The Seward Scholarship is named after its original benefactor, Clarence A. Seward (Geneva 1848), who throughout his studies and notable career made multiple donations to help undergraduates reach their academic goals. His understanding of the literary tradition as a treasure worth sharing is the fundamental goal of this scholarship.

These annual awards are competitive-based grants to individuals who demonstrate not just scholarly achievement but also leadership and significant contributions to the community at their college or university. These are merit based scholarships.

The Foundation awards these scholarships every year, to both Fraternity and Society members. The top Seward Scholar of the year receives the Seward Award, which is usually a significantly larger amount than awarded to other Seward Scholars. Applications for the Seward Scholarships are released early in the spring semester, and due in early July.

All fully-initiated members of the Fraternity or Society who are undergraduates in the current academic year, who will be full-time students for part or all of the next academic year are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Literary Competition

The Literary Competition annually awards prizes for original literary composition in categories including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and photography. Cash prizes are awarded in each of the categories along with a plaque.

Each year, the judges select one overall winner to receive the Daniel Pearl Memorial Prize for Literature. Named in honor of Daniel Pearl (Stanford 1985), who was executed by terrorists while reporting from Pakistan for the Wall Street Journal in 2002, the Pearl Prize comes with a cash award of $1,000.

Entries for the annual Literary Competition are due in May. All fully-initiated undergraduate members of the Fraternity or Society are eligible.

Sword and Spear Award

The Sword and Spear Award is the highest distinction bestowed upon an undergraduate member in the Society. It is awarded to one junior or senior who has done outstanding work for their chapter, campus, community, and Society. Each Chapter and Affiliate may annually nominate only one member, and all applicants must be fully-initiated members and registered on the National Society’s membership list.  The Nominee’s name and email should be sent to Dave Ragsdale by May 31.

Emerald and Pearl Award

The Emerald and Pearl award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Alpha Delta Phi Society at the National level, and secondarily, exemplary contributions to the member’s chapter.  Each Chapter and Affiliate may annually nominate only one member who is a current junior or senior, and all applicants must be fully-initiated members and registered on the National Society’s membership list.  One member can be nominated for both Sword & Spear and Emerald & Pearl, if the chapter chooses.The Nominee’s name and email should be sent to Zach Wilson by May 31.

Star and Crescent Award

The Star and Crescent Award is the highest distinction bestowed upon a graduate member of the Society. It is awarded by the Society Board of Governors to a graduate member who has made an outstanding contribution to the Society. The Star and Crescent Award is presented at the annual Society Convention Banquet.