The Office of Residence Life gives out several prestigious awards
each year during the spring semester. These awards are given to
deserving students who meet the outlined criteria. The awards are
given annually at year end student banquets sponsored by the office.
Each of these awards comes with a monetary scholarship.
Alice Prout Memorial Scholarship
The Alice Prout Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a woman
of junior rank by the Office of Residence Life. This woman must
possess worthy character and high scholastic achievement. In order to
be eligible for this award this woman must have a cumulative GPA of
3.5 or greater and experience some financial need.
Raymond C. Whittaker Award for Outstanding Resident Advisor of the
The Raymond C. Whittaker Residence Hall Achievement Award is
presented annually by the Office of Residence Life to an undergraduate
Resident Advisor who has excelled academically and provided
outstanding service to the residence halls and the Bowling Green
community. In addition, Resident Advisors must complete level three
programming, the highest level both in quality and quantity for
holistic student development. Resident Advisors who meet this
criteria are nominated by their Hall Directors for this award and
anonymous judging is done based on a completed application and
recommendations. All of the nominees are worthy of this award, and
have provided exemplary service to the Office of Residence Life
throughout the academic year.
SMART Book Award
This book award is designed to recognize first year students of
color active in the Students of Color Mentoring, Aiding, Retaining,
and Teaching (SMART) Program within the Office of Residence Life. Two
book awards of variable amounts will be given annually in the Spring
to two deserving mentees of the SMART Program to recognize successful
completion of and outstanding achievement during their first year at
The SMART Program at Bowling Green State University exists to assist first year students of color with their transition to BGSU, to increase the number of students who return to the University for their second year, and to provide a forum for discussion of the residential experience in order to make it as positive and rewarding as possible. Expanding upon its mission, this book award is a staff initiative to encourage the continued success of two SMART mentees who have gone above-and-beyond in their engagement with the university community and who demonstrate scholastic achievement, leadership potential, and active SMART Program participation.
To apply for the Book Award, each applicant is required to complete an application that outlines their co-curricular involvement, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, be in good standing with the University, and submit a minimum 500-word essay responding to a predetermined question related to the four support functions of the SMART Program. The book awards are intended to help assist with expenses for textbooks and other required course materials during the following Fall semester to both encourage and promote continued academic success at BGSU.