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Honors and AwardsGraduate Level Honors and AwardsEach year the University of Scranton recognizes the outstanding work of graduate students in its various programs. Graduate Commencement, the student with the highest GPA in each Graduate Program is honored with the Outstanding Student Award.

Faculty in the Graduate Programs also nominate up to 10% of the students in their program for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. Faculty are asked to nominate students “whose academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and community service are superior in nature.”

Undergraduate Level Honors and AwardsUndergraduate students by Graduate and Continuing Education Services are eligible for the same academic honors and awards as other undergraduate students, as well as some awards unique to our College.

Students served by GCES may be nominated for any of the Academic Honor Societies specific to their Major. In addition there is a Chapter of the National Honor Society for Adult students.

Alpha Sigma Lambda was established in 1945 46 to honor superior scholarship and leadership in adult students. This is a prestigious organization that recognizes the achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, community, and work. Members are selected only from the highest 10% of the class who have 24 graded credits and are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program. Those selected must have a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities Students served by CGCE are among those nominated for this honor. Faculty are asked to nominate students “whose academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and community service are superior in nature.”

GRADUATION Undergraduate Catalog specifies the GPA criteria needed to , traditionally designated by their Latin titles. In each case a student must have taken a minumum of 63 credits at the University of Scranton, with at least 45 credits applying to the GPA.

cum laude, “With Honors”, cumulative GPA and above;

magna cum laude, “With High Honors”, cumulative GPA of 3.65 and above;

summa cum laude, “With Highest Honors,” cumulative GPA of 3.85 and above.

The student with the highest cumulative GPA in each of the Academic Programs unique to CGCE is also recognized with an Outstanding Student Award at the Awards Night ceremony associated with Commencement.

Outstanding Student in RN BSN Program;

Outstanding Student in LPN BSN Program;

Outstanding Student in Liberal Arts;

Outstanding Student in an Associate Degree. The student selected by each college will have demonstrated exemplary achievement inboth academics and general campus involvement.


Adult Undergraduate students are also eligible for the following scholarships, based at least in part on Academic Achievement:

Accounting Scholarship: The Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants has endowed a scholarship fund awarding one limited tuition scholarship each year to an adult undergraduate Accounting major.

The Eugene J. Donahue Scholarship: This scholarship was established in 1997 in memory of John and Ann Donahue by Eugene Donahue, a resident of Clarks Summit and a 1968 graduate of The University of Scranton. The scholarship is for students who show demonstrated need. Recipients must be undergraduates in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education, and first consideration is given to students residing in Lackawanna County.

The Rev. John J. John J. The scholarship helps students of academic excellence who have demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to undergraduate students from Northeastern Pennsylvania who are enrolled in the College of Graduate and Continuing Education and who previously attended Lackawanna College.

The Rev. Awards range from $500 to $8,
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500 per year.

The Robert L. The scholarship was established by Robert L. Dexter L.

Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Women: The Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation provides limited tuition scholarships for mature women students completing their education in preparation for a second career. These scholarships are available to women who are 25 years of age or older, have completed at least 60 credits, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

New Transfer Student Scholarship: Transfer students who have completed at least 30 credits at their previous institution and intend to pursue full time studies at The University of Scranton are eligible to be considered for this award. This is an academic as well as need based scholarship. The award may be renewed until graduation upon maintenance of required grade point average.

The Oppenheim Family Scholarship: This scholarship was established by the Oppenheim family, who for many years owned and operated Oppenheim Department Store and its predecessor, the Scranton Dry Goods Co. Income from the scholarship is used primarily for part time, non traditional students who need financial assistance.

The Thomas P. White Scholarship: Mrs. Ilene White established this scholarship to honor the memory of her husband, Thomas. It is awarded to an education major who is a student, such as a transfer student or an individual returning to school after an absence.

DEAN’S LIST be eligible for the Dean List, full time students must earn 12 or more credit hours that count toward the semester GPA (credit hours of AU, CS, CD, I, IP, NC, NG, S and W grades are not counted toward this requirement). Part time students (students registered for fewer than 12 credits) must earn at least 6 credit hours that count toward the semester GPA to be eligible for the Dean List. Of the eligible students, those who earn a 3.50 or higher semester GPA and no grade of D+, D, F, CD, NC, I, NG or U are named to the Dean List for that semester. (Note: Honors Program IP grades do not prevent eligibility for Dean List.) Students placed on the Dean List will have this distinction indicated on their transcripts. A student GPA will be recalculated when the last temporary grade (I, NG) is replaced by a final grade. If this new GPA meets the above standard, the student will be placed on the Dean List.
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