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January 27, 2014

Faculty Encouraged to Identify Student Candidates for Kaufman Prize

Do you know an outstanding student that graduated this past August or December or will be graduating in May? If so, consider encouraging them to apply for Old Dominion's Kaufman Prize.

Landmark Communications Inc. established the Kaufman Prize to honor Charles L. Kaufman, a philanthropist and after whom Kaufman Hall, ODU's engineering building, was named. The prize will be awarded to a graduating senior "who has exerted an exceptional and constructive influence on the university, its students or the community by demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership and service."

Up to 10 students will be selected for Kaufman honors. The recipient of the Kaufman Prize will be selected from this group and will receive $10,000. The runner-up will receive a monetary award. The recipients will be announced at the university's Student Awards and Honors Dinner on May 8.

Graduates from August and December 2013 and May 2014 are eligible for consideration. Basic eligibility criteria are (1) graduating senior; (2) minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; and (3) exceptional record of service to ODU or the greater Hampton Roads community.

Students meeting the basic eligibility requirements are invited to submit an application packet. Complete application packets include:

  • A letter of support by any faculty, staff, chaplain or alumnus of the university.
  • Two letters of recommendation. They should be written by individuals who know the merit of your work or who can cite examples of your character, leadership, and/or academic ability.
  • A completed Kaufman Prize application.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.

A screening committee consisting of representatives from the academic colleges and the campus community will review the applications, conduct personal interviews and forward recommendations to President John R. Broderick for his review and final selection.

Eligible students can download the application packet at http://www.odu.edu/sees/kaufmanaward.

For more information contact Vicki Bonner at 683-3442 or kaufmanaward@odu.edu.