Annual Key Awards Presented During Family Weekend

October 12 2017
Category: Academics

Elmira College recognized many of its most promising new students with the 82nd awarding of the Elmira College Key Awards on Friday, October 6 at an afternoon reception in Hamilton Hall.

Presented by the Alumni Association, the Key Award recognizes students for high scholastic achievement, leadership, citizenship, and participation in extracurricular activities. More than 200 Key Award recipients are currently enrolled at the College, including 42 freshmen. The event was held during Family Weekend, allowing many students’ families to attend the event.

Bo Manuel ’82, president of the Elmira College Alumni Association, reflected upon the significance of the award, "The Elmira College Key Award is such an important part of the Elmira College experience and the Alumni Association takes great pride in recognizing this long-standing tradition and the accomplishments of our students". 

Manuel and Dr. Charles Lindsay, president of Elmira College, presented the students with the traditional Key Award pins during the ceremony.


“The Elmira Key Award was first given in 1935 and is a testament to the scholastic achievements of our students and the academic rigor of an Elmira College education,” said President Lindsay. “Congratulations to each of this year’s award winners; we look forward to your continued success here at Elmira College.”

The Elmira Key Award is a merit-based award bestowed upon one outstanding man and woman in their junior or senior year of high school or preparatory school at each participating school. Each Key Award winner receives an $80,000 scholarship over a four-year period, $20,000 per year, upon enrolling at Elmira College.