With sincere gratitude for the generosity of our alumni and benefactors the Illinois School of Architecture provides nearly $1,000,000 each year to enrich and support undergraduates and graduate students, professionals and our faculty through endowed gifts and annual donations. Undergraduate scholarships and prizes support students both in the states and abroad and for day-to-day study as well as special studios and projects. And, in addition to graduate scholarships and fellowships, Illinois provides many graduate students financial support in the form of tuition and monthly stipends through graduate teaching and research assistantships. All of this valuable support makes a difference in the quality and depth of student learning and research and continues to define the Illinois School of Architecture as one of the best in the world. Listed below is a selection of these awards.
EARL PRIZE / GRADUATE STUDIO DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA) HENRY ADAMS MEDAL & CERTIFICATE
The HENRY ADAMS MEDAL is given by the American Institute of Architects to a graduate who has received the Master of Architecture as the first professional degree and who is qualified by the highest scholastic standing, character, and professional promise. (The preceding degree lists for May, August, October, and January are used in determining the recipients.)
ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED ARCHITECTS (ALA) STUDENT MERIT AWARD
The ASSOCIATION OF LICENSED ARCHITECTS (ALA) acknowledges architectural students who have exhibited exemplary achievement throughout the year.
ALPHA RHO CHI MEDAL
The ALPHA RHO CHI MEDAL is given by the Grand Council of that fraternity, upon recommendation of the faculty, to a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership, given outstanding service to the school, and displayed promise of high professional merit by his/her attitude and personality.
ARCC/KING STUDENT MERIT MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL + ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN RESEARCH
The Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) is pleased to award the ARCC/KING STUDENT MERIT MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURAL + ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN RESEARCH. Named in honor of the late Jonathan King, co-founder and first president of the ARCC, this award is given to one student per ARCC member school. Selection of school recipients is at the discretion of the individual institutions, but is based upon criteria that acknowledges innovation, integrity, and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research. The award may be made at either the graduate or undergraduate level.
BRONZE TABLET AWARD
In 1925, the University of Illinois began the tradition of inscribing the BRONZE TABLETS with the names of students receiving University Honors. Inscription on the Bronze Tablets recognizes sustained academic achievement by undergraduate students at Illinois.
CHICAGO AWARD IN ARCHITECTURE
Each year the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago chapter sponsors a student competition inviting the regional architecture schools to participate and selects up to five students per school to enter the competition. The first place design receives the Benn Johnck Student Award. AIA Chicago typically selects one or two second place finishers for the award.
GARGOYLE SOCIETY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
The GARGOYLE SOCIETY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE is given to a freshmen student or students who, through his or her efforts and accomplishments, shows promise of upholding the ideals of the Gargoyle Architecture Society.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MINORITY ARCHITECTS OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADERSHIP MERIT AWARD
The NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF MINORITY ARCHITECTS (NOMAS) OUTSTANDING STUDENT LEADERSHIP MERIT AWARD honors a minority student in architecture and an active member of NOMAS, for outstanding leadership, scholarship, and dedicated contributions to the student organization. This award was established in 1997 by Professor Ernest H. Clay. Professor Clay retired in June 1999.
WOMEN'S ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP
The WOMEN'S ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded to architecture students (male or female) selected on the basis of both scholastic achievement and financial need. The scholarships are awarded to U.S. citizens and residents of the State of Illinois who are entering their final and full-time year of study for the professional degree.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
ANNUAL ARCHITECTURE AWARDS LOGO DESIGN AWARD
The ANNUAL ARCHITECTURE AWARDS LOGO DESIGN AWARD began in years past as a competition for the design of A3 buttons used for admission into the Annual Architecture Awards. Today, the winning logo serves as the coordinating design for invitations, posters, and program cover.
A. RICHARD WILLIAMS ARCHIPELAGO PRIZE
The A. RICHARD WILLIAMS ARCHIPELAGO PRIZE is for a graduating student in the School of Architecture who has committed to entering the M. Arch program in the School of Architecture in the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and who has demonstrated the highest academic merit and potential.
G.W. BLOOME MEMORIAL AWARD
The GEORGE W. BLOOME MEMORIAL AWARD was established in 1998 by Mrs. Judith Bloome and her children, family, colleagues, and friends to honor her husband, the late George W. Bloome (B.ARCH 1963, MSAE 1965). George and Judi are both from Carlinville, a small farming community in Illinois. This fund has been structured to provide support for students whose hometown population is less than 20,000 people.
DONALD E. AND MARGARET P. FERRY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE
The DONALD E. AND MARGARET P. FERRY AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE was endowed to support students in the Illinois School of Architecture who have demonstrated outstanding potential for future achievement in the field of architecture. Donald Ferry (BSAS 1956) is associated with Ferry & Associates, Architects in Springfield and is a Fellow in the AIA.
REX NEWCOMB AWARD
The REXFORD NEWCOMB AWARD was established in memory of Dean Rexford Newcomb, eminent architectural historian and first Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts (1931-54). This award is given to a student in architecture whose work in history and preservation of architecture shows high promise of continuing the scholarly ideals and objectives of Dean Newcomb and to encourage broader review of educational opportunities.
CYRUS E. PALMER AWARD
The CYRUS E. PALMER AWARD was established in memory of C. E. Palmer (BSAS 1912), Professor of Architectural Engineering for forty years and Associate Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts (1931-1957).
PERKINS+WILL UNDERGRADUATE AWARD
Established by the firm, PERKINS+WILL, this prize awards a junior or senior student in the School of Architecture. The recipients are chosen on the basis of their cumulative work while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies degree.
GERALD K. SLAWIN AWARD FOR DESIGN CONSTRUCTION INTEGRATION
The GERALD K. SLAWIN AWARD FOR DESIGN CONSTRUCTION INTEGRATION is a student competition award in conjunction with an architecture course in architectural technology, practice or management. Mr. Slawin (BSAS 1959) practiced architecture for many years in Chicago.
DELBERT R. AND JANET C. SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD
The DELBERT R. AND JANET C. SMITH MEMORIAL AWARD IN ARCHITECTURE was established in 1997 by family, friends, and colleagues of Delbert R. and Janet C. Smith. Mr. Smith (BSAS 1954, MS Civ. Eng. 1959) was a local architect and taught structures in the School of Architecture for many years. The recipient of this award is an undergraduate architecture student who is interested in pursuing the graduate structures option. This award provides supplemental funding toward the purchase of textbooks and supplies.
STEPHEN J.Y. TANG MEMORIAL AWARDS
The family, colleagues, former students, and friends of Professor Emeritus STEPHEN J.Y. TANG established this award in his name for students in the Structures Concentration of the School. Professor Tang (BSAE 1942, MSAE 1944) taught in the School of Architecture from 1960-1974.
JAMES M. WHITE MEMORIAL PRIZES
The JAMES M. WHITE MEMORIAL PRIZES were made possible by the students, friends, and associates of Professor James M. White, who for many years was the Supervising Architect of the University.
LOUISE M. WOODROOFE AWARD
As a bequest to the School of Architecture, Louise Marle Woodroofe created the The LLOUISE M. WOODROOFE AWARD to create a competitive opportunity for 4th year students in Architecture to provide a portfolio exhibiting the highest degree of excellence in water color or graphic sketching.
LOUISE WOODROOFE PRIZE
The endowed LOUISE WOODROOFE PRIZE was established by former students, friends, and colleagues in memory of Professor Emeritus Woodroofe for her many years of dedication to teaching art to architecture students. The prize is chosen based on a body of work including but not limited to the following: a collection of matted freehand drawings, watercolors, and architectural renderings and sketches prepared by a student who is enrolled in the 4th, 5th, or 6th year or as a Track III student.
EDWARD C. EARL PRIZES
The EDWARD C. EARL PRIZES are funded with income from an endowment bequeathed by Edward C. Earl. Mr. Earl attended the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois from 1890-1893. Prizes are awarded for excellence in undergraduate studies.
DONALD E. BERGESON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AWARD
The DONALD E. BERGESON ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AWARD was endowed in the memory of Professor Donald E. Bergeson, an architect and teacher of mechanical and solar systems at the University of Illinois. A registered professional architect, he was a pioneer in the use of computers in the practice and teaching of architecture. His passion for computers and technology led him to teaching. This award is dedicated to Professor Bergeson’s belief in the importance of architectural technology and his willingness to help his students explore new avenues in the profession of architecture. This award is given in conjunction with the Green Rescheme and Design Competition, which takes students' design studio projects and judges them on their integration of sustainable design and techniques.
TRAVEL & INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
ALLERTON AMERICAN TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIPS
The endowed ALLERTON AMERICAN TRAVELING SCHOLARSHIP was established by the late Robert Allerton and continued by his son, the late John Gregg Allerton. The scholarships are awarded to architecture students and used for summer travel and the study of architecture in the United States; and who have demonstrated superior achievement and ability in architecture history.
DAVID ASHBY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN ARCHITECTURE
The DAVID ASHBY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND IN ARCHITECTURE was established and endowed by David’s sister, Ms. Dianne Ashby, in accordance with his wishes, and to create a perpetual tribute to David (B. ARCH 1981, M.ARCH Hist 1984). The income from this fund supports students of the School of Architecture who have been selected to participate in the Study Abroad Program in Architecture.
WILLIAM B. BAUHS MEMORIAL FUND IN ARCHITECTURE
The WILLIAM B. BAUHS MEMORIAL FUND IN ARCHITECTURE was established by Mrs. Mary Joanne Bauhs and her children, family, colleagues, and friends to honor her husband, William B. Bauhs (B.ARCH 1965). This fund provides support for students participating in study abroad programs, with preference to the China program.
CHARLES CLEMENS COUNCELL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
The CHARLES CLEMENS COUNCELL MEMORIAL FUND IN ARCHITECTURE was established in memory of Mr. Councell (BSAE 1922). Mr. Councell was an architectural engineer with the US Government in Washington, DC, where he designed many Federal buildings and participated in the 1949-52 renovation of the White House. After retirement, Mr. Councell spent two years touring Europe and upon return, published a book of his architectural sketches. This fund helps to underwrite the cost of study for students accepted to the Study Abroad Program in Architecture.
FRANK B. AND JENNIE M. LONG TRAVELING AWARDS
The FRANK B. AND JENNIE M. LONG TRAVELING AWARD provides stipends and funds toward travel expenses to enable architecture students to undertake studies that require two to three months of summer travel.
E. BENNO PHILIPPSON AIA TRAVELING AWARD IN ARCHITECTURE
The E. BENNO PHILIPPSON AIA TRAVELING AWARD IN ARCHITECTURE was established by Mr. Philippson (BSAS 1961, M.ARCH 1962) in 1996 to provide supplemental funding for an architecture student participating in a study abroad program to make site visits to a key building or monument which he/she would not have otherwise been able to see first hand.
RAYMOND A. PIGOZZI MEMORIAL AWARD
The RAYMOND A. PIGOZZI MEMORIAL AWARD was established by his family and the OWP/P Foundation in memory of Mr. Pigozzi. Raymond Pigozzi (B.ARCH 1951) was a founding partner of O’Donnell, Wicklund, Pigozzi & Peterson (OWP/P) in Chicago, which is now CannonDesign. Mr. Pigozzi’s professional career was devoted to educational architecture. He was appointed a Fellow in the AIA in 1982. This award is given to students who will be participating in international studies programs.
EDWARD L. RYERSON TRAVELING AWARD
The EDWARD L. RYERSON TRAVELING awards in Architecture and Landscape Architecture were established at the University of Illinois in 1950. The purpose of the Fellowship is to promote excellence in landscape architecture and architecture through travel and study. Such travel may be to anywhere outside of the United States.
EDWARD AND MARY JANE SIMMONS AWARD
The family of Edward and Mary Jane Simmons continue the EDWARD AND MARY JANE SIMMONS AWARD in memory of their father and mother. For many years, Mr. Simmons (BSAE 1934) was associated with the architectural and engineering firm Lennox, Matthews, Simmons and Ford, Inc. in Indianapolis. The award is given for demonstrated development and potential to aid costs of an architectural student during his/her junior year in the study abroad program in Barcelona, Spain.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS
CLASS OF 1960 SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE
The CLASS OF 1960 AWARD is given by the Class of 1960 to encourage the use of free-hand drawing by current students enrolled in the School of Architecture and to recognize excellence in free-hand drawing in order to encourage these drawing skills.
TYLER ALLHANDS SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP
The TYLER ALLHANDS SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP were established by a generous gift from Jessie Voigt Allhands to honor the memory of her husband who received his BA Degree, and later his MA Degree at the University of Arizona. Though his teaching life was in mathematics, he wanted most to help young people to receive a good education that included home building. He especially enjoyed building houses and, with the help of students he trained as helpers, completed 62 homes in the Urbana area.This financial support is awarded to students who are planning a career in the home building industry.
FRED E. AND THOMAS BERGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The FRED E. AND THOMAS BERGER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (BSAS 1913) was initially established following his death in 1973. Following the death of his son, Thomas Berger (BSAS 1940) three years later, the Berger family increased the endowment to be called the FRED E. AND THOMAS E. BERGER SCHOLARSHIP. Fred Berger established the Champaign, Illinois firm of Berger-Kelley and Associates in 1924. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving graduate student.
FERMER SPENCER CANNON and MARY L. CANNON SCHOLARSHIP
Established in memory of Mary and FERMER SPENCER CANNON (B.S., Arch, 1911) , this scholarship is awarded to an Indiana resident enrolled in the School of Architecture with high achievement in scholarship.
MARTHA DARMSTADT SCHOLARSHIP
The endowed MARTHA DARMSTADT SCHOLARSHIP was created by the late Martha Darmstadt (BSAS 1948). Ms. Darmstadt practiced architecture in Houston, Texas for many years, and her vision was to help more female students further their education in the field of architecture. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate student in architecture.
PAUL W. DAVIDSON AWARD
The PAUL W. DAVIDSON AWARD was established in memory of Paul Davidson. Paul’s passion for architecture began with an elective course during his senior year of high school. His dream-driven pursuit of excellence led to several accolades, including membership in the Gargoyle Architecture Honor Society, second-place ranking in his graduating class, and a graduate teaching assistant position for the fall 2014 semester. He will be remembered for his wit among friends and wisdom in the classroom.
LYLE V. DeWITT HONORARY SCHOLARSHIP
The LYLE V. DeWITT HONORARY SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE was established to support undergraduate architecture students by Terry and Ruth Shyer in 2010 in memory of Lyle DeWitt (BSAE 1936, MSAE 1937). Mr. DeWitt enrolled in the School of Architecture at Illinois at just 16 years of age. After graduation, he established his own architecture firm in Decatur, IL and later served as the managing partner of DeWitt-Amdal and Associates.
GREENBERG FARROW AWARD
The GREEBERG FARROW AWARD is for a junior or senior architecture student who is an active student leader or member of AIAS and has a career interest in commercial architecture. Greenberg Farrow is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, and is fully integrated architecture, engineering, and development service firm offering a range of service to the retail and development communities.
ELIZABETH GOETSCH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The ELIZABETH GOETSCH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP shall be used to provide financial aid for female students enrolled in the Illinois School of Architecture who have demonstrated merit in their studies. Miss Elizabeth Goetsch, a 1938 graduate of the University of Illinois, had a career in kitchen design and was Kitchen Editor for Ladies Home Journal.
GARTH D. HALL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGY
Garth Hall, Arch 1994; M.Arch 1996 in Architecture and Engineering, was a respected architect and a recognized expert in building technology. He believed strongly in mentoring students and in giving back; this award celebrates that commitment and his legacy which will live on.
ROBERT F. HASTINGS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP
The ROBERT F. HASTINGS MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP (BSAE 1937) honors the memory of a man who was well known for his strong interest in architectural education and active contributions to the efforts of the American Institute of Architects. The Hastings Fellowship was established by Mr. Hastings’ colleagues at the firm SmithGroup, Inc. and provides a stipend to support one year of study for a M.ARCH candidate.
EDWIN A. HORNER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
The endowed EDWIN A. HORNER GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP honors the late Edwin A. Horner (BSAE 1922), who was a Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellow in 1927-1928. The Horner Fellowship is given to a graduate student entering their final year of the M.ARCH program and is based upon general academic excellence and professional promise.
HUMPHREYS AND PARTNERS SCHOLARSHIP
For over 24 years, Humphreys & Partners Architects has been providing high quality, innovative planning and design services. An award-winning firm specializing in multifamily, mixed-use and hospitality/resort design, HPA has extensive experience in high-rise, mid-rise, student, senior, tax credit, affordable, moderate and luxury communities. Headquartered in Dallas, with regional offices all over the world, HPA employs a talented team of professionals with artistic talent, classical training and diverse experience in all aspects of the architectural process. This scholarship is in recognition of studio excellence for a junior at the Illinois School of Architecture.
MALCOLM JASEPH SCHOLARSHIPS
The endowed MALCOLM JASEPH SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE was established by his late wife, Mildred Jaseph. Mr. Jaseph (BSAE 1950) worked for the GSA Office of Inspector General in Chicago as a Senior Structural Engineer. He and his wife resided in Chicago.
ALAN K. AND LEONARDA F. LAING MEMORIAL FELLOWSHIP
The endowed ALAN K. AND LEONARDA F. LAING MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT was created to provide funds for the encouragement of studies in the history and preservation of architecture. Professor Laing came to the University of Illinois in 1940 where he taught the history of architecture until his retirement in 1971. As part of his distintguished tenure, he also served as Chairman of the Department of Architecture.
BRUCE E. LILJEROS MEMORIAL SCHOARSHIP
The BRUCE E. LILJEROS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP was established by Bruce’s sister, Britt Zeller, in 2010 to honor his memory. Mr. Liljeros (BSAS ’65) joined the firm of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, and he contributed to the Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs as well as the Water Tower Complex in Chicago. He did have his own architectural firm at one time in his career, and he also worked for CRS Group in Houston, where he worked on a number of international projects in Europe and the Middle East.
CHESTER V. LONG SCHOLARSHIP
The endowed CHESTER V. LONG SCHOLARSHIP was established by the family of Chester V. Long (BSAE 1928). Scholarships support an undergraduate architecture student who has demonstrated exceptional academic merit and talent in the interrelationship between architectural design and art.
WILLIAM C. MOE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
As a memorial endowment established by family and friends of William C. Moe (BSAS 1951), the WILLIAM C. MOE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP provides funds to an individual entering the Structures Concentration who has demonstrated exceptional merit in his or her studies in architecture.
WESLEY PORTER MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP
The WESLEY PORTER MARTIN (BSAE 1922) SCHOLARSHIP provides support to students enrolled in the School of Architecture. Mr. Martin was an Ensign in the U.S. Navy upon graduation and settled in Indianapolis were he joined the Architectural Division of Eli Lilly & Company. Throughout his life he participated in firm and private practice where he specialized in “contemporary-rustic” design for new homes, retreats, and remodels.
DANIEL J. NACHT SCHOLARSHIP
The DANIEL J. NACHT SCHOLARSHIP was established as a memorial to Mr. Nacht in 2009. He received his BSAS in 1940 and taught at the UIUC campus in architecture for several years after graduation.
CLARENCE T. PAUL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
The CLARENCE T. PAUL GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP was endowed by the late Clarence T. Paul (BSAS 1925). Mr. Paul was a self-employed architect in the San Diego, California area.
ELWOOD E. AND ADALAIDE SCHWENK ENDOWMENT
The ELWOOD E. AND ADALAIDE SCHWENK ENDOWMENT was established by Mr. and Mrs. Elwood E. Schwenk (BSAE 1922). The funds support scholarships for undergraduate students who have demonstrated academic excellence and good character.
WILLIAM T. SPOONER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE
The WILLIAM T. SPOONER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ARCHITECTURE is awarded from an endowment established by the late Mrs. William T. Spooner and her two sons, Eli and Ethan, and from memorial gifts from friends and colleagues of William T. Spooner (BSAS1951). The scholarship is given to a third- or fourth-year student from Chicago who has demonstrated merit and financial need in his/her studies in a design option.
ERNEST L. AND REBA E. STOUFFER FELLOWSHIP
The ERNEST L. AND REBA E. STOUFFER SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS were established as a memorial to Ernest and Reba Stouffer. Mr. Stouffer (M.ARCH 1931) was professionally and personally dedicated to the development and beautification of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as its Chief Architect. Ernest Stouffer was the Chief Architect for the University when Krannert Center and the Assembly Hall were built.
HOWARD L. WHITE SCHOLARSHIP
The HOWARD L. WHITE SCHOLARSHIP is funded by an endowment established by the late Mr. White (BSAS 1943). The scholarship is for an undergraduate student enrolled in the school who has demonstrated academic excellence and is a resident of the Indianapolis, Indiana area.
CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIPS
The CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIPS are offered to students of exceptional creative and/or performing ability. Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship funds are allocated to departments as university block grants to help attract the best graduate students.
GRADUATE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS
The GRADUATE COLLEGE FELLOWSHIPS are given to strengthen the institution and its programs by increasing the enrollment of outstanding students from populations that have been historically underrepresented in graduate study. Evaluation criteria includes undergraduate GPA, quality of undergraduate preparation, recommendations, and a personal statement from the nominee.
DISSERTATION COMPLETION FELLOWSHIP
The DISSERTATION COMPLETION FELLOWSHIP is awarded by the Graduate College to help outstanding students complete the doctoral degree in a timely fashion. Students are nominated by their departments and chosen at the university level. This is a highly competitive award.
The UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP funds, allocated to departments as block grants of dollars, allow flexibility in assembling the kind of financial aid packages that attract the best graduate students. Units are encouraged to be imaginative in constructing attractive financial aid packages. They may either award fellowships as the sole support or fellowships concurrently with assistantships or other fellowships.
PLYM FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP
The PLYM FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP is made possible through the Plym Foundation and the Provost Matching Fellowship Program and is awarded to doctoral candidates in the Illinois School of Architecture. The late Andrew J. Plym, grandson of Francis J. Plym, was the driving force behind making this award possible.