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Recognition and Awards Ceremony

Celebration of achievement is one of our core values. Each May, at our annual Spring Recognition and Awards Ceremony, students are publicly recognized and lauded for academic achievement, volunteer service, and leadership. Students may earn distinction for their contributions through faculty or staff nominations and may be eligible for nomination to several internationally recognized honors and awards programs such as Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, and the USA Today Academic All Americans. Some awards given each year include:
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Exemplary Service Awards

  • Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team and Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Annual Distinguished Scholarship Award
    • The Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Laughlin Distinguished Scholarship Award, named for two outstanding community leaders and educators, is an endowment that recognizes students who have earned distinction as our Phi Theta Kappa Academic All - Americans. Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honors Society of the Two-Year College, in conjunction with the American Association of Community Colleges and the Coca Cola Foundation, recognizes students from each community college across the nation for their leadership and community service.
 
  • Dr. Patricia Stanley Excellence in Leadership Award 
    • The Dr. Patricia Stanley Excellence in Leadership Award is named for the past FCC president and recognizes stellar contributions through College and community leadership.
 
  • Dr. Lee Betts Student Leadership Award
    • The Dr. Lee Betts Student Leadership Award honors a student whose leadership stems from a fundamental desire to serve and elevate the human condition. 
 
  • Marjorie Betts Citizenship and Family Award
    • The Marjorie Betts Citizenship and Family Award is presented to a current FCC student who has completed at least 30 credit hours while demonstrating citizenship through activities that serve the College or broader community while maintaining family responsibilities.
 
  • The President’s Diversity Advisory Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
    • The President’s Diversity Advisory Council Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes individuals within the College community who have distinguished themselves by strengthening the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and values of FCC.
 
  • Student Scholar Athletes Academic Excellence Award
    • NJCAA All – Academic First Team finisher requires a perfect 4.0 Grade Point Average.
    • NJCAA All-Academic Second Team, which requires an earned grade point average between a 3.80 and 3.99
    • NJCAA All-Academic Third Team, which requires an earned grade point average between a 3.60 and 3.79 GPA
 
Leadership and Service Honor Society Inductees
  • Lambda Beta Respiratory Honor Society
    • The Lambda Beta Respiratory Honors Society is a national honor society sponsored and maintained by the National Board for Respiratory Care. Students in the respiratory care program must have completed 50% of their coursework, hold a GPA in the top quarter of their class, be of good character, and nominated for the induction.
 
  • Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter
    • We recognize students who have earned membership into Phi Theta Kappa - the International Honors Society for Community College Students. Students earned a minimum GPA of 3.7 on a 4.0 scale and have successfully completed a minimum of 13 credit hours.
Academic Excellence Awards
  • Honors College Graduates
    • Students earning distinction as Honors College graduates have completed at least 12 credit hours of honors coursework and are preparing to graduate.
      • Honors College High Honors designation on the FCC transcript and will receive a gold medallion for having completed 12 honors credits with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
      • Honors College Honors designation on the FCC transcript and a silver medallion having completed 12 honors credits with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74.
      • Honors College distinction of a bronze medallion for completing 12 honors credits with a GPA of 3.25 to 3.49.
  • Anne Slater Honors Excellence Award
    • The Anne Slater Honors Excellence Award is named for a retired, award-winning honors coordinator and faculty member known for her exacting standards. With Anne’s blessing, the Honors College established this award to recognize students who demonstrated excellence in their honors research/applied learning projects during the academic year.
      • Honors Projects and Leadership Awards - Students recognized in this area have served as leaders on a project or initiative and/or completed 25 hours of service and reflected upon their experience.
      • Portz Award for the Outstanding Honors Student - Each year the National Collegiate Honors Council invites member institutions to nominate one paper per institution written by an undergraduate honors student for the Portz Scholars competition. Of those students nominated, four Portz Scholars are selected and are invited to present their scholarly work at a plenary session at the National Collegiate Honors Conference in the fall.
Academic Excellence Departmental Awards
  • Business Awards
    • Accounting Curriculum
    • Business Administration Transfer Curriculum
    • Business Management Career Program
  • Career and Technology Awards - Each year the Frederick County Career and Technology Advisory Council recognizes outstanding students in career programs at FCC. Students are selected based upon academic achievement, participation in departmental activities, and involvement in College and community activities.
    • Hospitality, Culinary, and Tourism Institute
      • The Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism Institute provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and practical experience. Courses prepare students for entry level and supervisory positions in the hospitality, culinary and tourism industry. Students recognized for excellence in this field demonstrate commitment, determination, and exceptional organizational and time management skills. 
  • Communication, Humanities, and Arts Awards 
    • Music
    • Theater
  • Computer Science and Information Systems Management
  • Education Awards - The Education Program acknowledges excellence in Early Childhood Education, Elementary and Special Education, Secondary Education, and an award for Educational Promise, presented to the student who has embodied the qualities of an inspired teacher. Students earning these distinctions have shown great promise and have excelled academically while preparing to become teachers.  
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Elementary and Special Education
    • English Associate of Arts in Secondary Teaching
    • Educational Promise Award
  • English Awards - The English Department recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional attributes both in the classroom and in the fields of Journalism and creative writing through submission of publications, articles, and student newspaper multi-media content.
    • Excellence in Journalism
      • Recognition for Excellence in Journalism is characterized by strong reporting and editing skills, participation on the student Commuter College Newspaper with specific leadership in the direction and motivation of student writers, creation of student-centered multi-media content, as well as academic excellence in journalism courses.
    • Phyllis Hamilton Academic Award for Excellence in English and Literature
      • The Phyllis Hamilton Academic Award for Excellence in English and Literature is named for the FCC English professor for the contributions she made to the English and Literature program over her illustrious career at FCC. This award honors exceptional students who have demonstrated commitment though research and thought-provoking written assignments, mastery of content, and dedication and excellence in the classroom.
    • Tuscarora Review’s Editorial Board Award
      • The Tuscarora Review’s Editorial Board Award is presented to a student who has contributed exceptionally to the production of this award-winning magazine. Contributions that earn distinction of Excellence to the Tuscarora Review include considerable time reading, evaluating, selecting and editing submissions as well as working with several of the featured authors to help improve their work.  An often tireless job, the dedication to the task has ensured the publication’s continued recognition as one of the top in the nation.
  • Mathematics Awards
    • Excellence in Mathematics Education
    • Martin Kalmar Award for Academic Excellence in Mathematics
      • In memory of the late professor, Dr. Martin Kalmar, the Martin Kalmar Mathematics Award recognizes outstanding achievement in Mathematics characterized by academic excellence, dynamic engagement in content, and theory, leadership and class participation, and simple joy for the discipline of mathematics.
  • Science Awards
    • Biology
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology
      • In the study of Human Anatomy and Physiology, students who excel in this discipline must measure knowledge and understanding of the integrative mechanisms that contribute to the functioning of the human body while modeling solid critical thinking skills and sound scientific reasoning.
  • Social Science Awards
    • History
      • The award for Academic Excellence in the History Curriculum annually recognizes a student who has demonstrated not only academic excellence in the field of History but also a zeal for discovering the past.
    • Psychology
      • Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.
    • Sociology
      • The Excellence Award for Sociology demands honest self-awareness, a well-honed ability to think critically about the ways complex societies are organized, and clear analytical writing.
    • Women’s Studies
      • Women’s Studies is a body of knowledge crossing many academic fields. At FCC, this 200-level course requires students to read, write, and discuss an awarding winning scholarly book based on original research, while also intellectually unpacking more than 110 articles.
 
Student Leadership Awards
  • Frederick Community College Student Ambassadors
    • FCC Ambassadors serve the college by welcoming prospective students, presenting the College to visitors, and assisting with admission programs and college wide events. They are selected from Frederick County high schools based on a 3.5 or higher GPA and strong leadership.
  • Military Service
    • The Maryland Army National Guard is a unique element of the U.S. military that serves community and country. The Guard responds to domestic emergencies, overseas combat missions, counterdrug efforts, reconstruction missions, and more.
    • The Maryland Army Reserve is an integral part of the United States Army, made up of Citizen Soldiers that often bring their varied civilian-acquired skills to their role in the Army, where they are well-trained to be ready to respond to both domestic and international situations.  Maryland Army Reserve units specialize in a diverse array of skills and services, including legal, intelligence, cybersecurity, medical, civil affairs, transportation and military police. 
  • Multicultural Student Services
    • Big Six Leadership Award
      • The Big Six Leadership Award is presented to an outstanding young man who exemplifies the Bix 6 key values of the organization which are academic excellence, civic responsibility, self-awareness, leadership, endurance, and hope.
    • Mosaic Leadership Award
      • The Mosaic Leadership Award highlights the passion and commitment of a MSS student.  Awardees are particularly known for their leadership in the area of Diversity and Inclusion and advocating for their communities as well as engaging, contributing to and/or creating innovative social impact programs or initiatives.
  • Paralegal Program Leadership and Service Awards
    • The Paralegal Program acknowledge students for their leadership and service for the contributions they have made to the Access to Justice Program. The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland reports that more than 80 percent of Marylanders who need civil legal help cannot afford it. The Paralegal Program “Access to Justice” students worked under a grant funded initiative from the Maryland Bar Association to use specialized training to promote access to justice for low-and-moderate income residents. These students worked respectfully, professionally, and ethically with attorneys providing legal services and information. They are part of a larger vision being championed by FCC to educate and train a workforce of paralegals qualified to improve access to justice across Maryland. 
  • Student Athletic Advisory Council
    • Student-athletes have a voice in the National Junior College Athletic Conference through advisory committees at the College, conference, and national level. Each committee is comprised of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and offer input on the rules, regulations, and policies that affect student-athletes' lives.
  • Student Representatives to the College Senate
    • The College Senate is the working organization that provides a framework of internal decision-making within which all members of the College community can participate.
 
Campus Clubs and Organizations Awards
  • Campus clubs and organizations provide tremendous learning and leadership opportunities for students. And, the students that lead these organizations help create active and thriving cultural, social, and recreational offerings for all of our students, faculty, and staff -- making FCC an engaged community of learners both inside and outside the classroom. 

 

Cords and Medallions


Cords
  • Gold – 3.5 and higher GPA
  • Blue – Leadership
  • Green – Athletics
  • Orange – Math, Science, Social Sciences
  • Blue & Gold (intertwined) – PTK
  • Drab – Business
  • Pink – Music
  • Brown – Theater
  • Light blue – Education
  • White – English
  • Red – Ambassadors
  • Red, Gold, and dark Blue – Veterans/Military
  • Burgundy – Religious Service
  • Purple – Paralegal
 
Medallions
  • Gold ribbon medallion – Exemplary Service Awards
  • Green ribbon medallion – Academic Excellence
  • Red, white, & blue ribbon with gold medallion – Honors College Graduate with 3.75+ GPA
  • Red, white, & blue ribbon with silver medallion – Honors College Graduate with 3.5-3.74 GPA
  • Red, white, & blue ribbon with bronze medallion – Honors College Graduate with 3.25-3.49 GPA