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    Jul 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalogue 
    
2023-2024 Catalogue

Honors and Awards



Academic Excellence in Sports Management Award

Presented to a student majoring in Sports Management who has excelled academically and has taken an actve role in service or exemplifies the college vision as it relates to their area of study.

Achievement in Accounting Award
The school of business presents the Achievement in Accounting Award to a graduating senior selected on the basis of character, potential growth and development, and academic accomplishment in the division.

Achievement in Business Award
The school of business presents the Achievement in Business Award to a graduating senior selected on the basis of character, potential growth and development, and academic accomplishment in the division.

Art Spirit Award

Awarded annually to the art major who has, through interest, cooperation, and leadership, made the greatest contribution to the Art and Design Department during the current session.

Award of Distinction Teacher as Professional Educator

Presented to the Clinical Intern Teacher who best exemplifies the spirit of a professional educator as a teacher with all the skills, knowledge, and professional dispositions required to lead those they teach.  This teacher leader exemplifies academic excellence in both skills and knowledge development and models this with students.

Bess Caldwell Memorial Award
Belhaven University honors with the Bess Caldwell Memorial Award the junior who, in the judgment of the faculty, has exhibited throughout the year the greatest loyalty and service to his or her fellow students. Prior to 1985, this award was known as the Belhaven Christian Fellowship Award.

Bettye Quinn Distinguished School of Education Servant Leader Award

Presented to the clinical Intern Teacher who best exhibits the ethical principles and dispositions of a Christian Servant Leader and is a role model both in the school and out in the community.

Biology Service Award

Given to the graduating senior who has shown the greatest degree of selfless service to the needs of the department through work-study, biology club, and positive interactions with faculty and students.

Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Mississippi Award

Presented to a business or accounting major who demonstrates academic excellence in finance and the potential for future success in the finance industry.

Communication Achievement Award

This award is presented to the student with the highest overall grade point average in the department and who demonstrates great enthusiasm and promise for the field of communication.

Computer Science Award
This award is presented annually by the computer science department to the senior computer science major for outstanding academic achievement.

Dance Bezalel Award

For outstanding artistic achievement (Exodus 35:30-35) and is awarded to a senior dance major who demonstrates exceptional ability as a performer and/or choreographer.

Dance Daniel Award

For outstanding scholastic achievement (Daniel 1:17) and is awarded to the dance major with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Dr. Phillip Kelly Service Award

Presented for outstanding service to the physical sciences.

Elizabeth Spencer Creative Writing Award
Presented to the creative writing major or minor who has demonstrated excellence in writing over the past year.

English Award
Each year the faculty members of the department of English present this award to the outstanding graduate majoring in English.

Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
This program is maintained to encourage and sustain student interest in the sciences. An award is given in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement in chemistry during the freshman year.

Graphic Design Excellence Award

Presented in recognition of outstanding performance and leadership within the department.

History Award

Presented to an outstanding senior history major who excels in scholarship, character, and leadership.

Hoogenakker Scholarship Award
The Jackson Alumnae Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon sponsors a scholarship award in honor of Miss Virginia Hoogenakker. This award goes each year to the freshman member of Mu Phi Epsilon with the highest scholastic average for the current session.

James W. Park Academic Achievement Award

The school of business presents this award to the graduate who has achieved the highest overall GPA, completed at least 50 semester hours, and has shown exceptional leadership and moral integrity while completing the baccalaureate degree in business.

Julian E. Currie Memorial Missions Award
The Julian E. Currie Memorial Missions Award is presented by Dr. James T. Currie in memory of Dr. Currie’s father, Mr. Julian E. Currie. This award is given annually to an outstanding student planning to enter the Christian mission field. The award was endowed by Mrs. Julian E. Currie, and the interest from the endowment and a plaque are given to the recipient each year.

Kingdom Transformation Music Award

Presented to a graduating senior music major who demonstrates musical excellence and a strong commitment to use their musical gifts to foster cultural and personal transformation for the glory of God’s Kingdom.

The Kenneth Slaughter Academic Excellence Award
Awarded to a graduating KDE senior in elementary or secondary education who has the highest grade point average for work at Belhaven.

Matthew 20:28 Award
Belhaven University presents the Matthew 20:28 Award to the graduating senior who, in the judgment of the faculty, approximates most nearly the ideals of the College. Prior to 1985, the award was known as the Student Government Association Award. Presented at commencement.

Mathematics Award

Presented annually to a graduating senior who, in the judgment of the faculty, approximates most nearly the ideals of the University.

Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
The Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants gives an annual scholarship to an accounting graduate from the various colleges and universities in the state. This award is given in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and a strong desire to enter the field of public accounting.

Most Outstanding Biology Student

Given to the graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance, positive attitude, helpful spirt, and outstanding potential in the field of biology.

Mu Phi Epsilon Awards
The Epsilon Gamma chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon presents the Mu Phi Epsilon Awards to the freshman member who has the highest scholastic average for the year and to the senior music major who has the highest scholastic average for all college work.

Music Excellence Award
The Music Excellence Award is given to a rising senior music major exemplifying proper stewardship of artistic talent for the glory of God, demonstrating musical skill, Christian character, and zealous commitment to artistic discipline.

Nancy McFarland Cobb Award
The Nancy McFarland Cobb Award is given annually to the art major who has, through interest, cooperation, and leadership, made the greatest contribution to the department of art during the current session.

National Kappa Delta Epsilon Award
Presented by the National KDE and awarded to an outstanding chapter member.

Nursing Clinical Excellence Award

Presented to a student who best exemplifies excellence in clinical practice.  Clinical excellence is demonstrated through nursing practice grounded in Christian caring, competence, and compassion.

Outstanding Senior Nursing Student Award

Presented to a student who has attained scholastic achievement as evidence by a GPA of 3.0 or higher, outstanding performance as a nursing student, has been active in service to the community, and has shown dedication to the school and to the nursing profession.

The Priscilla Award
The Priscilla Award is given to the female theatre student who, in the opinion of the theatre faculty and peers, demonstrates the best of support and is always there to help get the job done.

Psychology Award
The department of psychology presents the Psychology Award to the graduating psychology major who has indicated the greatest potential for personal and professional growth.

Psychology Academic Excellence Award

This award is given to the graduating psychology major who has shown great academic excellence.

Research Club Scholarship Award
The Research Club of Jackson, Mississippi, presents annually the Research Club Scholarship Award in memory of Isabel Bratton Crisler, wife of the late Dr. Julius Crisler, as an appreciation of her contributions to the spiritual, intellectual, and artistic life of Mississippi. This award is presented to the sophomore or junior who has demonstrated the greatest progress during the year in art, literature, music, or speech.

Senior Outstanding Accounting Major

Given by Mississippi Society of CPAs in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and promise in the field of accounting.

Social Work Award

Presented to the graduating senior that the faculty believes best models Jesus’s ministry to those whom society often neglects: the poor, the unlovely, the unsuccessful, the widows and orphans, and those sick, in body, mind, and spirt.  The student has also demonstrated great potential for personal and professional growth.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Award

Presented to the senior who demonstrates Christian leadership, academic achievement, and professional potential in the field of sports medicine and exercise science.

Student Leader Award
Presented annually by the School of Education to a senior education student who has demonstrated the goal of the department to prepare competent teachers who demonstrate both academic excellence and professional knowledge while providing distinctive Christian leadership and service to those they teach.

Superior Work in Literary Studies

Awarded to a graduating English major whose college career as a whole, but particularly in academics, has demonstrated superiority.

Theatre Barnabas Award

Given to the Theatre student who has been consistently reliable to get the tasks done, often without acknowledgment or accolade, this award is named for the apostle’s helper in Acts 4:36.

Tri-B Service Award
Tri-B is a women’s service organization which strives to foster the idea that Jesus Christ is Lord and we are only His tools for ministry within the body of Christ and the community at large. Each year Tri-B selects a senior female who most closely represents the above attitude.

Trustees’ Award
The Trustees’ Scholastic Award is presented by the Belhaven University board of trustees to the graduating senior who has the highest scholastic average. Only those students who have earned at least 106 semester hours at Belhaven are eligible for this award. Presented at commencement.

Who’s Who In American Colleges Award
This award is presented annually to students who have distinguished themselves in leadership, academic excellence, and participation in campus activities.

Sponsored and Endowed Scholarships

The following sponsored and endowed scholarships have been provided by alumni, friends of the college, foundations, and other philanthropic agencies. These scholarships are awarded by the financial aid office, in keeping with the normal standards and/or the conditions laid down by the donor. Qualified students will be considered for these scholarships on the basis of the regular Belhaven University admission application and/or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The availability of any of the following scholarships in any academic year depends upon the availability of funds for the scholarship.

Harold R. Barber Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1977 by the First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport, Mississippi, in memory of Harold R. Barber, a former member of the Belhaven University board of trustees and outstanding Christian layman. It is awarded to students from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Dr. Mark Belcher Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in exercise science, pre-med, or a related field and may be renewed each year by maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

James A. and Mary Margaret Coman Bennett Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2002 by James A. Bennett, Beverly Bennett Lee, and Jeanne Bennett Brinson to honor Mary Margaret Coman Bennett (Belhaven University, Class of 1948). The scholarship will be awarded to a Belhaven student who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership, citizenship, and scholarship and has documented financial need. The recipient must maintain a grade point average of 2.50 to be considered for a renewal of the scholarship.

Dr. Helen Cannon Bernfield Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1998 in memory of Dr. Helen Cannon Bernfield. The scholarship will be awarded in the following order of preference: (1) to a female premedical student of good character, (2) to a student of good academic standing, or (3) to a student in financial need.

Charlotte Rose Causey Music Scholarship
This scholarship is to be awarded to a vocal performance major demonstrating high character and moral grounding. It may be renewed annually by maintaining a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. Alfred and Mrs. Betsy Chestnut Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an incoming freshman intending to major in biology with a composite ACT score of 27 or greater and demonstrating financial need. The scholarship may be renewed if continuing to study biology and maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Carol N. Church Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1995 by Mr. Robin Church, Dr. Rosalie Church Casano, and Mr. David A. Church to honor their mother, Carol N. Church. The scholarship is offered to a junior or senior Elementary Education major who demonstrates financial need and who maintains at least a 3.0 GPA.

Cook Family Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a full-time, residential student, preference being given to a student performing work-study in the college library, that demonstrates financial need. It may be renewed annually by maintaining a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. Skip and Tay Wise Copeland Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student(s) majoring in pre-med, music, or related field of study. It is renewable each year by maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

Paul Mitchell “Mitch” Crimm, Jr Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
Honoring the life and memory of Paul Mitchell “Mitch” Crimm, Jr. (Class of 1983). The Scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman for the duration of a Baccalaureate degree from the University, not to exceed ten (10) semesters. The priority of award be as follows: (a) a student who is a physically challenged person in need, (b) a person who is willing to assist a physically challenged person in need for 40 hours per semester, (c) anyone Belhaven selects on a need basis. The Scholarship recipient shall maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average (GPA) each semester while attending the University.

Meredith Currie Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1982 by Dr. James T. Currie in memory of his daughter, Meredith (1977-1981). It goes annually to a student who plans a career of working with children.

Lillie Barry Gillespie Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dr. and Mrs. G. T. Gillespie.

Graeber Foundation Scholarship
This fund is for students who have a documented financial need and who have outstanding leadership and academic records.

John D. Henderson Memorial Dance Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student(s) pursing an MFA in Dance that demonstrates academic merit and financial need unmet by government grants.

Joseph W. Hough Scholarship
In memory of Joseph W. Hough and his outstanding contributions to the business and civic life of Mississippi, The Joseph W. Hough Foundation established this scholarship for women majoring in any area of business or business education.

Bitsy Irby French Camp Scholarship
This scholarship, established by Mr. Stuart C. Irby, Jr. in honor of his wife Bitsy, is awarded to a deserving graduate of French Camp Academy.

The Kennedy Scholarship: In Memory of Vernon Roy and Doris Flemming Kennedy and Their Son, Dr. Verne Kennedy, Belhaven President 1978- 1986
The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has enhanced the spiritual life of the student body by demonstrating an aptitude for full-time Christian service and been recommended by his pastor or session. It is not restricted to a student(s) already on campus, but may be used for incoming freshmen if all qualifications of the scholarship are met in the estimation of the endowment awarding committee.

Kruidenier Scholarship
Mrs. Catherine Kruidenier Teixeira, a member of the class of 1938, has established the Kruidenier scholarship in memory of her parents, Marianne Gordon Collins and Leonard Robert Kruidenier. The scholarship is awarded annually with priority given to minority applicants and students with involvement at Voice of Calvary Ministries and Mendenhall Ministries. These students shall demonstrate financial need, and the scholarship may be renewed each year with a 2.0 GPA. It may also be awarded to a minority student studying art or music.

Lay Family Endowment 

The scholarship was established by the Lay Family to assist financially challenged pastors or church leadership serving diverse populations that demonstrate financial need unmet by government grants.  It will be available to be awarded annually to a deserving student with a minimum 3.0 GPA seeking a degree in MASTER OF ARTS in BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES and demonstrating financial need unmet by government grants.  The Scholarship recipient shall maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA for the scholarship to renew.  

Lewis and Clare Luke Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded annually to a student demonstrating high character and moral grounding. It may be renewed by maintaining a 2.5 GPA.

Charles Read McIlwaine Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1972 by Mrs. Alice Wells McIlwaine Gillespie in memory of her husband, Charles Read McIlwaine. It is designated for a worthy student attending Belhaven University.

Mary Margaret Morris Endowed Business Scholarship
This scholarship is to be awarded to a student in the school of business or accounting that maintains a 3.0 GPA and demonstrates clear financial need. First preference will be given to students from Calhoun or Wilkinson County, MS or East Feliciana Parish, LA.

Sara Phyllis Muir Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Sara Phyllis (Sally) Muir, a 1980 graduate of Belhaven. The scholarship is awarded annually to a female Bible major who possesses superior intellectual gifts and who is an evangelical Christian in the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition.

Kenneth and Maisie Nipp Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is to be awarded to a student seeking a BFA in Dance, of Asian ethnicity/heritage, and have financial need unmet by government grants.

Ramie McLeod Phillips Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student(s) demonstrating financial need and a commitment to leadership, citizenship, and scholarship. It may be renewed by maintaining a 2.5 GPA.

Joan Murff Allen Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund
This scholarship was established in 2019 by Albert E. Allen in memory of his wife, Joan Murff Allen (Belhaven University, Class of 1950). The scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman for the duration of a Baccalaureate degree, not to exceed ten (10) semesters. The recipient shall be a person who: (1)is pursuing a degree in Economics, Education, History, Music, Nursing, or one or more of the S.T.E.M disciplines or pursuing a degree in a major leading to Christian Ministry and demonstrates financial need unmet by government grants, (2) scored at least a 21 on the ACT or at least a 1030 on the SAT, (3) have a written recommendation from his/her Protestant Christian minister that has known the applicant for at least 5 years, (4) shall maintain a min. 3.0 GPA each semester while attending. Special consideration is given to young women who exhibit extraordinary ability and have a special need for financial assistance to attend.

Mary Robinson Poole Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1994 by the family of Mary Robinson Poole to honor her memory. It is awarded annually to a needy junior or senior student.

Mary Virginia Potts Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student(s) majoring in music or a related field that demonstrates a commitment to leadership, citizenship, and scholarship. It may be renewed by maintaining a 2.5 GPA.

The Bettye Quinn Memorial Endowed Education Scholarship
Honoring the life and service of Bettye Quinn to Belhaven University and to the educators and citizens of Mississippi. A candidate who is fully admitted into the Teacher Educator Preparation Program (TEPP) will be provided scholarship information upon admission to the TEPP which take place usually in the spring of the candidate’s sophomore year. To be considered for the scholarship, a qualified applicant shall submit the following: 1) documentation of GPA, 2) a 500 to 1,000word essay, and 3) a letter of recommendation from a former teacher [not a Belhaven professor/instructor], former or current employer, or a minister. The essay should address the applicant’s community service in demonstrating servant leadership and vision for living out Dr. Quinn’s emphasis on kindness in making a difference in the classroom. The deadline shall be July 1 prior to beginning the applicant’s junior year. The scholarship recipient must maintain a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) each semester while attending the University. If the recipient’s GPA falls below 3.00 for a term, the recipient’s scholarship shall be terminated.

Marion Davis and Elise Davis Ridgway Scholarship
This scholarship is to be awarded to a student majoring in biology, chemistry, or math and pursuing a career in the health professions. This student must demonstrate financial need, and the scholarship may be renewed by maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

Joan B. Smith Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Mr. Marshall C. Smith, Jr. in memory of his wife, Joan B. Smith. Primary consideration is given to a student intending to a major in Christian ministries; must maintain a grade point average of 3.0; and must be able to demonstrate by word and deed that he or she is a committed Christian.

Eunice Holleman St. John Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an English major(s) that has demonstrated academic success and has financial need unmet by government grants.

Susan D. Stowe Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a professing Christian junior or senior dance major pursuing a BFA. It may be renewed annually by maintaining a 2.5 GPA.

Mary McCravey Triplett and Cooper East Triplett Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1999 by Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Triplett, III and Mr. Don Triplett in memory of Mary McCravey Triplett and Cooper East Triplett, who were graduates of Belhaven University. This scholarship enables students from Scott County to attend Belhaven University and receive a Christ-centered education. It is awarded annually to students committed to the mission of the University, who are residents of Scott County for two years prior to submitting an application to the University, and are full-time, degree-seeking students with a minimum score of 20 on the ACT.

Vicksburg Medical Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Established by the Vicksburg Medical foundation in 2015, this scholarship will be awarded annually to nursing students from Warren, Yazoo, Sharkey, Issaquena, and Claiborne Counties in Mississippi or Tensas and Madison Parishes in Louisiana.

Wells Family Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Wells family and is awarded annually to a needy student who has demonstrated high academic achievement.

Westminster Presbyterian Church - Helen Cloud Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to full-time, traditional undergraduate students that are active members of Westminster Presbyterian Church (EPC), Laurel, MS.

Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship Grants
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation provides scholarships for the education of needy and deserving Christian females who are residents of any of the following Southeastern states: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

YWCA of Jackson Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the YWCA of Jackson and is awarded to a woman who is a resident of Mississippi and has demonstrated a commitment to citizenship, scholarship, and the Church and has documented financial need.