The University of Alabama is pleased to recognize the most exceptional scholars, servant leaders, and citizens from among our UA community with the following (6) Premier Awards. Each of these awards carries a strong legacy and celebrates distinctive areas of excellence for both students and non-students who seek knowledge, demonstrate the highest standards of citizenship, and positively impact campus life at the Capstone. Please email studentlife@ua.edu with any questions regarding UA’s Premier Awards.

William P. and Estan J. Bloom

  • One current junior (will graduate next year)
  • Honors a student who has improved relations among different groups. Past recipients have been chosen primarily for improving understanding and supporting interaction among groups for a common cause
  • The essay should focus on the actions you have taken and the University groups of which you have been a part that provide specific examples of your promotion to improve understanding and collaboration among diverse individuals and groups
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher and in good judicial standing
  • Students may be nominated for this award or may submit an application
  • Recommended length (double spaced) for nomination/reference letters is 2-3 pages and length for essays is 3-5 pages

Judy Bonner

  • Member of UA community – either student, non-student, or organization
  • Recognizes one who has made extraordinary contributions to the Alabama experience positively impacting undergraduate students.
  • The Bonner Prize recognizes a member of the UA community who has gone above and beyond normal expectations to change the culture or implement new initiatives designed to advance the Alabama experience for all undergraduate students or a segment of the undergraduate population (i.e. first generation, veterans, Greeks, student leaders, athletes, students studying abroad, minorities, etc.)
  • While the recipient will typically be a member of the faculty or staff, others including alumni, departments, and student organizations can be nominated when warranted
  • This award is specific to nominations only and all candidates must have a nomination form submitted
  • Recommended length for nomination/reference letters is 2-3 pages double spaced

Morris Lehman Mayer

  • One current senior (graduating this year) and one teaching faculty recipient
  • Recognizes one member of this academic year’s graduating class and one member of the teaching faculty who exemplify the life of Morris L. Mayer: selfless and significant service and leadership for the U of A community, significant contributions to student life, and integrity. In addition, student nominees must have minimum grade point averages of 3.3 at the U of A. Professor Mayer’s career exemplified the importance of enriching the undergraduate student experience; therefrom, priority should be given to faculty candidates with extensive service in this area.
  • The essay should include your definition of “community and civic service.” Your discussion of your significant contributions to the quality of life of the student community should also be included.
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher and in good judicial standing
  • Faculty/Staff must be nominated for this award. Students may be nominated or may submit an application
  • Recommended length (double spaced) for nomination/reference letters is 2-3 pages and length for essays is 3-5 pages

Catherine J. Randall

  • One current senior (graduating this year)
  • Recognizes the most outstanding student scholar at UA based on GPA, rigor of course study, and extraordinary scholarly or creative endeavor; applicants may come from any academic program of study, as scholarly and creative activities from within all majors will be considered for this award
  • GPA of 3.9 or higher and in good judicial standing
  • The essay should make the case that the applicant/nominee is the most outstanding student scholar at UA based on the above criteria
  • Students may be nominated or may submit an application
  • Recommended length (double spaced) for nomination/reference letters is 2-3 pages and length for essays is 3-5 pages

Algernon Sydney Sullivan

  • Two current seniors (graduating this year) one non-student winner
  • Recognizes excellence of character and service to humanity
  • The award honors one man and one woman of this academic year’s graduating class as well as one non-student. The recipients of the award have demonstrated the highest standards of scholarship, leadership, and service
  • Recognizes the practical application of noble ideals and is based on excellence of character and service to humanity
  • The essay should include your definition of “character.” Your discussion of your significant contributions to the University and the community should incorporate that view of character
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher and in good judicial standing
  • Faculty/Staff must be nominated for this award. Students may be nominated or may submit an application
  • Recommended length (double spaced) for nomination/reference letters is 2-3 pages and length for essays is 3-5 pages

John Fraser Ramsey

  • One current junior (graduating next year)
  • Honors a student with broad humanistic interests who has exerted a positive influence on his or her contemporaries.
  • The John Fraser Ramsey Award is not exclusively a service, leadership, or academic award: it honors a distinctive kind of excellence. The Ramsey recognizes in a junior the versatility of gifts and attainments, as well as the breadth of excellence in mind and character, that have traditionally been the goals of a liberal education. The Ramsey is awarded to a junior with broad interests related to the humanities who has exerted a positive influence on his or her contemporaries.
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher and in good judicial standing
  • The Ramsey Award consists of a monetary award and a travel award in support of a Great Ideas Tour (GIT). The GIT is named for the signature class taught by John Ramsey in his 42 years as a history professor at the U of A and is the opportunity for Ramsey recipients to travel Europe and discover their own sense of possibility and responsibility within a global humanity. While encompassing aspects of both the best vacation and the most demanding study abroad program ever, the GIT is neither. Members of the Ramsey Board help recipients craft informed, intentional tours that provide authentic encounters and space for reflection while embracing Dr. Ramsey’s joie de vivre.
  • *Because versatility is an important component of the Ramsey Award, the application essay should demonstrate breadth in academic and nonacademic pursuits, as well as the ways in which applicants have been a positive influence on their contemporaries. The essay should also include a page on what applicants would hope to accomplish and experience on the GIT. Applicants for the Ramsey must be juniors enrolled full time at the UA. Learn more about John Fraser Ramsey Award.
  • Students may be nominated or may submit an application for this award
  • Recommended length (double spaced) for nomination/reference letters is 2-3 pages and length for essays is 3-5 pages