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Academic Honors, Awards & Scholarships

  Academic Honors
  Qualifying students may receive the following honors at Fordham College at Lincoln Center:

Dean's List
The Dean's List is announced at the beginning of each fall semester. Students must be full-time and must complete 24 credits or more with a 3.600 or better grade point average during the fall and spring semesters. Summer courses are not included. Students can be named to the Dean's List a maximum of four times over their academic year.

Graduation Honors
Graduates are awarded the following honors if they attain the requisite cumulative grade point average: cum laude 3.600 average; magna cum laude 3.700 average; summa cum laude 3.800 average. In computing the average, grades of P or F earned in a Pass/ Fail course are not included.

Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest, largest and most widely recognized academic honor society in America. Founded in 1776 by a group of students at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa has grown to include chapters at nearly every major college and university in the country. The society's aim has long been to encourage intellectual excellence, not in a narrowly focused or specialized sense, but in the broad range of the liberal arts. Over the years, Phi Beta Kappa membership has been founded on Emerson's belief that the "American scholar" is one who "takes unto himself all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future...a university of knowledge."

Fordham University's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Tau of New York) was established on the Rose Hill campus in 1962. In 2004 the chapter was opened to students of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Each May it installs new members from among the most academically distinguished upper class students. Admission is limited to seniors and a highly select group of juniors who have completed at least four full semesters in Fordham College at Rose Hill or Fordham College at Lincoln Center, have compiled outstanding academic records and have shown excellence in a broad liberal arts curriculum that includes English, history, philosophy or theology, mathematics, a foreign language and the social sciences. Students with outstanding grade point indexes are screened for membership, but the society limits its ranks to those who have also exhibited a wide range of intellectual interests. Accordingly, selection is contingent upon the variety of the student's course work outside the major, evidence of intellectual maturity and the quality of evaluative remarks written by professors. Students working toward a B.F.A. degree are not eligible for membership.

Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu is national honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. It was established in 1915 at Marquette University. Alpha Sigma Nu has more than 14,000 members and initiates approximately 1,000 students each year, less than 2 percent of the combined enrollment of Jesuit colleges and universities having active chapters.

The purpose of the society is to honor students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service and to encourage those honored in this way to appreciate and promote the ideals of Jesuit education.

Fordham University's chapter was established in 1982. Admission is in junior and senior years to those students who are approved by a selection committee. Candidates must demonstrate an above-average interest and proven competence in academic word; a proven concern for others demonstrated by cocurricular and extracurricular activities in support of the College, University or community; an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to Jesuit ideals of higher educations-- intellectual, moral, social, and religious; and a sufficiently visible identification with those ideals to warrant a candidate's being singled out for membership in Alpha Sigma Nu.

Sigma Xi

Founded in 1886 at Cornell University, Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, actively promotes the promise of science and technology. The society's goals are to foster interaction among science, technology, and society; to encourage appreciation and support of original work in science and technology, and to honor scientific research accomplishments.

Membership in Sigma Xi is by invitation. The most promising young scientists and students with demonstrated research potential are invited to join as associate members. Full membership is conferred upon individuals who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research.

Membership is drawn from the disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, physics, psychology, and sociology. Undergraduates who have completed research projects are nominated for associate membership by their major departments. The board of directors of Fordham University chapter of Sigma Xi reviews the applications and invites qualified students to join the society. The initiation ceremony is held in May.

The Fordham chapter sponsors lectures in the scientific disciplines throughout the academic year.

 Awards & Scholarships

In addition to the regular scholarship opportunities for full-time students, Fordham College at Lincoln Center students may compete for the following:

The Jane B. Aron Memorial Prize in Philosophy
The Jane B. Aron Memorial Prize in Philosophy is a prize of $2,000 awarded annually to a student majoring in philosophy who is entering the senior year. The student is selected by the philosophy faculty primarily on the basis of academic excellence. Prize money is to be applied toward Fordham tuition.

The Dr. Michael R. Cioffi Scholarship
The Dr. Michael R. Cioffi Scholarship is awarded to students who excel in their study of Italian culture (language, literature, art, film, history, etc.) or other areas related to it.

Katie Fraser Prize in Comparative Literature

Katie Fraser, a 1989 graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, was an outstanding student in the comparative literature program. She was working toward a doctorate in comparative literature when she passed away in October 1993. This award is made in her honor at graduation for the best thesis in comparative literature.

Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship
The Clare Boothe Luce Program promotes the advancement of American women through higher education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.The scholarship fund was set up by Mrs. Luce in her will in order to encourage women to enter those math and science fields in which they have not been well represented. The Fund provides for undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships and one professorship.The undergraduate scholarships fund full tuition and, if applicable, room and board for outstanding women juniors and seniors majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science, and who intend to pursue research-oriented graduate study. More information.

Michael J. Passarelli Natural Science Award
Michael J. Passarelli, a Fordham Presidential Scholar, passed away the day before he was to graduate summa cum laude in May 1978. Dedication to his school, love for and devotion to his classmates and friends were the hallmarks of his undergraduate years. A scholar who thirsted for knowledge, he was awarded the Natural Science Medal for scholastic achievement. The memory of this brilliant young man captures the spirit with which this award is bestowed.

The Angelo Rodriguez Research Award
The Angelo Rodriguez Research Award receives the support of dedicated friends and alumni of Fordham's Latin American and Latino Studies program, as well as others.

If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to:

The Angelo Rodriguez Award

c/o Fordham University Office of Development and
University Relations
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023-7484
Attn: Catherine Buescher, Director of Development, Arts and Sciences


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