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Recognition of Honors and Awards 2024

Each year we recognize F&M students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership, character, and more. See this year's honorees and award winners, plus meet new members of honors societies.

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The Benjamin Franklin Financial Services Honor Society

The Benjamin Franklin Financial Services Honor Society brings together the top business students at F&M. The society holds weekly meetings in finance, investing and practice with stock pitches preparation.

Benjamin Rush Pre-Health Honor Society

F&M’s Benjamin Rush Pre-Health Honor Society is an organization that hosts programs and events and creates a sense of community among pre-med and pre-health students. The Benjamin Rush Society for Healing Arts Professionals — named for a charter member of the college's board of trustees, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and preeminent physician of the Revolutionary War Dr. Benjamin Rush — was founded in 1989 by Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick ’57 in order to connect alumni in the healing arts professions, and to raise funds for the construction of the Martin Library of the Sciences.

The Black Pyramid Society

The Black Pyramid Senior Honor Society recognizes the most accomplished students at F&M who embody the three pillars of our society: academic achievement, leadership and service. As one of F&M's longest-standing organizations, the Black Pyramid Senior Honor Society hopes to strengthen their alumni base, connect with as many students as possible, and continue to serve others while cultivating our rich history.

John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society

The John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society is an exclusive, student-based organization that brings together pre-law students to enjoy law-oriented functions and other programming to foster their personal growth and development.

The Junto Society

The Junto Society was created to be a prime exemplar of some of the virtues and practices the faculty seeks to encourage among the student body: intellectual curiosity; informed, reasoned and civil discourse; and engagement with ideas outside the classroom. The Junto Society is patterned after Benjamin Franklin's own organization of the same name.

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Since its founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, Phi Beta Kappa is uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest academic honor society in the United States. Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa's distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor.

Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America's leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

The F&M Chapter (Theta of PA) identifies candidates whose academic records demonstrate not only excellence but also breadth and depth in the traditional disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities.

The Williamson Award

The Williamson Medal is the highest student award presented each year at Franklin & Marshall’s Commencement. It is given to the member of the graduating class who has, during his or her senior year, reached the highest standing in character, leadership and scholarship. The medal was endowed by Owen Moon Jr., in memory of former trustee Henry S. Williamson, and it has been presented annually since 1922.