Labor Program Office

Endowed Labor Awards & Criteria

Exemplary students can be nominated for Endowed Labor Awards by labor supervisors.   The nomination process occurs in the spring term each year and notice is given through campus e-mail encouraging supervisors to nominate worthy students.  Students should also give consideration to the two awards in which they can compete or make nominations for.  They are described at the bottom of this page.   Note: The award amounts listed below are current for the 2012-2013 academic year.  They are subject to change annually.

Anna Mae and Phyllis Shumaker Labor Award  

The Anna Mae and Phyllis Shumaker Labor Award, derived from the endowed E. R. Brann Fund, was named in 2004 to honor two sisters who served Berea College for many years and were devoted to the students who worked in their offices.  Anna Mae worked in the Treasurer’s Office while Phyllis worked in the Registrar’s Office.  Mrs. Helen Brann requested changing the Helen Brann Prize as an opportunity to celebrate the student labor program at Berea and to honor the service and dedication of the Shumakers as a symbol of all other workers on campus.  The prize of $750.00 will be awarded annually to two students for a total of $1,500.

Eligibility:  Recipient(s) must be graduating senior(s).

Criteria:  Recipient(s) have demonstrated in office work:

  • High levels of responsibility
  • Dependability
  • Self-motivation and initiative
  • Enthusiasm about work
  • High quality of work

Danforth Creative Effort Prizes

Danforth Creative Effort Prizes were awarded many years from gifts provided by Mr. William H. Danforth for creative ideals in some field of labor at Berea College.  In 1968, the Danforth Foundation provided an endowment of $7,500, the income from which is used for the Danforth Creative Effort Prizes.  The ideas must be original, tried in the program, and save more money than they cost.  These prizes honor students whose products of imagination and effort have importance and impact beyond the worker’s span of time at Berea.  The award is currently worth $1,100 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $900.00 for third place.

Todd, Russell I Award 

In 1966, Dr. Russell Todd spoke at Labor Day on the topic of “Wise use of Leisure Time.”  He established this award at that time to honor the student who makes the most of their leisure time.  The award was endowed in 1988.  The award is currently worth $650.00.  In case of a tie, the award will be granted for two students at $600 each.

Evans, Wilson and Ellen Best – Above and Beyond the Call of Duty 

William B. Evans established this award in 2000.  The award is given to two students (one male, one female) who have performed above and beyond the requirements of their labor positions.  The student should exemplify the Learning Goals of the Labor Program and make the department environment an enjoyable place to work.  Historically, this award was given to students who had worked the most hours and earned the most money.

The awards are currently worth $750.00 each this year ($1,500 total).  @.  Note:  This award may change depending on the amount in the fund in the year given – donor has designated full endowed return be used annually.  

The William R. Ramsay Horizon Award 

This award was established to honor William Ramsay’s vision of labor and learning at Berea College.  It recognizes a first-year student who enthusiastically embraces the Labor Programas an integral component of Berea’s mission and whose work demonstrates great potential for the future.  Recipients are presented with a copy of Shannon Wilson’s book Berea College: An Illustrated History.

Student Employee of the Year 

This award is given to a student nominated by their supervisor, who shows characteristics in the following areas:  reliability, quality of work, initiative, professionalism, uniqueness of contribution.  The student who wins this award is nominated by Berea College for the MASEA Student Employee of the Year.

The award is funded by the James N. and Leila Cranford Hardy Fund; and is currently worth $1,200.

For Students ONLY 

Labor Day Photography Contest 

This award was created to encourage students to “take a different look” at labor.  Any photograph showing labor is eligible.  However, submissions that aren’t labor related will not be eligible.  Only two submissions per student will be accepted.  All students must provide their name and B# on the back of the photograph.  Hard copies are preferred.

The winning entry may be used for Labor Program Office purposes printed materials, and the three finalists are displayed in the Labor Program Office.  The award, funded by the James N. and Leila Cranford Hardy Fund, is currently worth $200 for first place, $175 for second place, and $150 for third place.

Labor Supervisor of the Year  

Members of the student body are asked to submit recommendations for the Outstanding Labor Supervisor on campus for the year 2012-2013.  The award and/or awards will be presented in the form of a gift certificate and plaque.  Nomination criteria is detailed via an email and hard copies sent to the Student Body.

Nomination Forms:






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