Alumni Awards

Each year, the Alumni Association inducts a select group of extraordinary alumni into the Alumni Hall of Fame. In addition, one Academy alumna is selected for the Academy Alumna of the Year, one Women’s College alumna is selected for the Young Alumna Award and three alumni are chosen for various Outstanding Alumni Awards. Read more about each award and the Hall of Fame via links to the right.

Academy Alumna of the Year (1 recipient / year)
Established in 2014, this award recognizes one Academy alumna each year who has given back to Brenau through her dedicated service and support. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. Deadline to nominate is February 28th, and winners are notified by March 15th. Awards are presented at Alumnae Reunion Weekend each spring.

Click here to nominate someone for the 2022 Academy Alumna of the Year!

Past Recipients

2014 — Austin McCord, A ’06

2015 — Helen Jemison Meier, A ’59

2016 — Carolyn Walter Darke, A ’60 & Camille Walter Ashcraft, A ’60

Spring 2017 — Susan Little Bazemore, A ’60

Fall 2017 — Sherrie DeVries, A ’59

2018 — Nancy Rogers Reynolds, A ’70, WC ’73

2020 — Rebecca Parker, A ’87

2021 — Dr. Nicole Tong-Mitchell, A ’02, WC ’05

Given annually (when funds allow) by the Office of Alumni Relations, this scholarship shall be awarded to sophomores or juniors seeking an undergraduate degree in any academic discipline; who are enrolled full-time at The Women’s College of Brenau University; and who have a 3.0 or higher GPA. The scholarship shall be awarded with consideration given to the students’ reflection of the Brenau Ideal, campus involvement, volunteer commitment at Brenau, and financial need.

This scholarship is given annually (when funds allow) by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Past Recipients

1999 — Eronie Etienne (WC ’02)
2000 — Ashlee Tising (WC ’02)
2001 — Amanda Patterson (WC ’03)
2002 — Lauren Nix (WC ’05)
2003 — Daniella Rivera (WC ’06)
2004 — Kelly Sweigart (WC ’07)
2005 — Jennifer Heyward (WC ’08)
2006 — Nikki Sonnier (WC ’09)
2007 — Brittany Long (WC ’10)
2008 — Julie Singleton (WC ’11)
2009 — Ashley Lamphier (WC ’11)
2009 — Brelin Zimmerman (WC ’11)
2010 — Chloe Golden (WC ’12)
2011 — Heather Hammontree (WC ’12)
2012 — Lea Mason (WC ’13)
2013 — Tara Davis (WC ’14)
2014 — Kassidy Locke (WC ’16)
2015 — Cassidy Collier (WC ’17)
2016 — Katelyn Brown (WC ’17)
2017 — Brittany Brookins (WC ’18)
2018 — Giovanna Sifontes (WC ’20)
2019 — Kylie Ellington (WC ’20)
2020 — Nicole Avery (WC ’20)
2021 — Tiffany Oltjenbruns (WC ’21)

Alumni Hall of Fame Inductions (3 recipients / year)
The Brenau University Hall of Fame honors three alumni who have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to their country, state, community, and to Brenau. These alumni perpetuate the excellence of Brenau through their leadership, loyal support, service, and dedication. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. Deadline to nominate is February 28th, and winners are notified by March 15th. Awards are presented at Alumni Reunion Weekend each spring.

Click here to nominate someone for the 2022 Alumni Hall of Fame!

Past Recipients

2000
Amanda Blake, A ’47
Clyde Connell, WC ’19
Martha Edens, WC ’49
Eliza Holmes Feldmann, WC ’29
Grace Hooten Moore, WC ’38
Gwendolyn Brown Mundy, WC ’49
Betty Verson Norton, WC ’52
Mary Overby Tibbetts, WC ’32
Bete Todd Wages, WC ’46
Roslyn Wallace, WC ’44

2001
Margaret Owen Blackstock, WC ’66
Kathryn Long Dunlap, WC ’64
A. Carroll Hart, WC ’35
Peggy Hinson, A ’54
Mary Helen Roop Hosch, WC ’35
William Alton Lowe, BU ’98
Ann Ralls Freeman Murrah, WC ’54
Elizabeth Parker, WC ’24
Barbara Stockton Perry, WC ’47
Marion Runnels Holloway, WC ’57
James Carroll Smith, BU ’93

2002
Dotty Eleazer Alexander, WC ’60
Kathryn Andrews Fincher, A ’70, WC ’74
Thelma Mauldin Green, WC ’34
Helen P. Hatton, WC ’63
Kay Wallis Herrin, WC ’59
Sarah K. Lamb, WC ’93
Helen Dortch Longstreet, WC ’18
Mary Foote Simmons Paris, WC ’30
Irene Robinson Smith, WC ’62
AlJean Dorsey Thompson, WC ’49

2003
Terry L. Coleman, BU ’81
Barbara Mitchell Disque, WC ’53
Sally Davidson Foster, A ’55
Margaret Garner Reisler, WC ’45
Robert L. Ruble, BU ’84
Orville Tyler Schaefer, WC ’30
Margaret Gilchrist Serrato, WC ’77
Gloria Cassity Stargel, WC ’77
Althea Lennox Tessier, WC ’38
Lee Ann Romberg White, WC ’82

2004
Dale McElveen Jaeger, WC ’73
Eleanor Ardery Lawrence, WC ’63
Helen Ellis Lilly, WC ’31
Patricia Fields Westbrook, BU ’84
B.J. Richardson Williams, WC ’82

2005
Steve D. Cronic, BU ’90 & ’95
James B. Hammond, BU ’80
Josephine Winter Rainey, WC ’47
Suzanne Sitherwood, WC ’97
Presley Merritt Wagoner, WC ’71

2006-2012
Not Awarded

2013
Dr. Gale J. Allen, BU ’91
Janie Bryant, A’ 85
June Moore-Richards, WC ’48
Sylvia Macklen Robinson, A ’54
Gail A. Smith, WC ’83
Ronda Rich Tinker, WC ’83
Admiral Patricia E. Wolfe, BU ’87

2014
Nelwyn Bagwell Turk, WC ’69
Sonya Wood Hancock, WC ’63
Dr. Irene Okech, BU ’08
Sara Margaret Patterson, A ’60
Marsha Wyatt Sell, A ’59

2015
Dr. Lynda A. Holmes, BU ’84
Sarah “Ashley” Longshore, A ’93
Maria Ebrahimji, WC ’98
David Keith Jefcoat, BU ’78
Dr. Priscilla Davis Jefcoat, WC ’76

2016
Dr. Katharine DuPre Lumpkin, WC 1915
Evanda Gravitte Moore, WC ’71
Melda Lee Bassett, WC ’74
Jeffrey Seiple, BU ’90
Ginger Ragans, BU ’13

Spring 2017
Gay Hobgood Hammond, WC ’82
Dana Boyd Barr, WC ’87
Holley Roberts Kelley, WC ’87, BU ’13
Amanda Miller Buono, WC ’99
Dulcé Sloan, WC ’05
Kelley Emrey, BU ’06

Fall 2017
Claude Porter, Sr., BU ’84
Jane Patterson Suggs, WC ’74
Daisy Goodnight Waldrep, WC ’61

2018
Kathy Amos, WC ’98, BU ’06
John Rudio, BU ’98
Frances “Shay” English Stafford, WC ’69

2020
Ute Meyer Niedermeier, WC ’93, BU ’94
Anna Alexander Jacobs, WC ’86
Robin Smith Dudley, WC ’78

2021
Emilie “Emmie” Henderson Howard, WC ’01
Antonina Grib Lerch, WC ’03
Dr. Khalilah R. Johnson, WC ’05, BU ’06

Community Service Award (1 recipient / year)
Established in 1984, this award recognizes one alumni who has, through work in their home community, made a lasting contribution through knowledge, culture, and service. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. Deadline to nominate is February 28th, and winners are notified by March 15th. Awards are presented at Alumni Reunion Weekend each spring.

Click here to nominate a deserving alum for the 2022 Community Service Award!

Past Recipients

1984 — Deborah Seig Bowen, WC ’68

1985 — Martha C. Edens, WC ’49

1986 — Margaret Owen Blackstock, WC ’66

1987 — Emma Vandergrift Linder, WC ’33

1988 — Orville Tyler Schaefer, WC ’30

1989 — Margaret Garner Reisler, WC ’45

1990 — Barbara Mitchell Disque, WC ’53

1991 — Sheridan Boykin Lawler, WC ’66

1992 — Frances Shaffer Edwards, WC ’40

1993 — Sarah Crosby Reeves, WC ’39

1994 — Kathryn Long Dunlap, WC ’64

1995 — Ondee Ravan, WC ’47

1996 — Presley Merritt Wagoner, WC ’71

1997 — Irene Robinson Smith, WC ’62

1998 — Paula Nivens Hardy, WC ’61

1999 — Ruth Hope Lane, WC ’39

2000 — Holly Frederick Reynolds, WC ’39

2001 — Evanda Gravitte Moore, WC ’71

2002 — Gay Hobgood Hammond, WC ’82

2003 — Eleanor Ardery Lawrence, WC ’63

2004 — Kayanne Shoffner Massey, WC ’63

2005 — Cheryl Bruce Hinderschied, WC ’69

2006 — Jeanne McEachern Hyder, WC ’84

2013 — Kelly Flanagan McCormick, WC ’04

2014 — Dana Fowler Miller, WC ’85

2015 — Kathy Shaw Amos, WC ’98, BU ’06

2016 — Cessna Veeris Kleinmoedig, WC ’02

Spring 2017 — Cynthia Fuller Jackson, WC ’86

Fall 2017 — Michele Hood, BU ’12

2018 — Jeff Seiple, BU ’90

2020 — Dr. Glen Laman, BU ’90

2021 — Michelle Prater, BU ’03

Josephine Winter Rainey Scholarship Josephine Winter Rainey (WC ’47) was a woman of inner as well as outward beauty. Her actions were as kind, intelligent, generous and eloquent as her words. Her leadership was commended by her widespread and loyal followers. Her achievements and accomplishments were many and significant. Her influence was felt deeply in her community and church. Brenau has been greatly enriched because Mrs. Rainey chose to share the excellence of her life with the college as a student and as an alumna. As a student, Mrs. Rainey served as president of the freshmen and sophomore classes. She was a member of the Chemistry Club, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and the Student/Faculty Welfare Committee. She was also elected to membership in the Chemistry Honor Society. She was a member of the Class of 1947.As a Brenau graduate, Mrs. Rainey exemplified the ideal alumna. Her service to Brenau was characterized by quality and quantity. Generous in all ways, she served two terms as president of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority alumnae. She served as president of the National Brenau Alumnae Association from 1977 to 1983 and was actively involved in the Second Century Fund Campaign, which commemorated Brenau’s 100th anniversary. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnae Service to Brenau Award in 1981. Mrs. Rainey was inducted into the Brenau Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005.As in all things, Mrs. Rainey shared her beloved family with Brenau. Her mother and one of her daughters are Brenau graduates. Her husband served as chairman of the Brenau Board of Trustees. With the grace, generosity and courage that had so characterized her years; Josephine Winter Rainey died in 1986 after a long illness. Her example, as always, was a final loving gift to all who knew her.

The Purpose of the Scholarship To financially assist a Brenau woman who aspires to the Brenau Ideal, who will carry on the spirit of service to Brenau that Josephine Winter Rainey displayed throughout her lifetime, who will inspire and enhance the lives of all Brenau women, and who will encourage participation in the life of Brenau after graduation. Eligibility Guidelines

A candidate shall be a full-time student of the Women’s College of Brenau University.
A candidate shall have a high academic standing. A grade point average of 3.5 or higher is desirable.
A candidate shall exhibit high moral character as described in the Brenau Ideal.
A candidate shall exhibit a significant involvement in various Brenau campus organizations.
A candidate shall be any rising junior or senior who has completed one academic year at Brenau and meets the other qualifications as addressed in the guidelines.
A candidate may be a previous recipient of the award if the candidate still meets the other qualifications as addressed in the guidelines.
This scholarship is given annually (when funds allow) by the Office of Alumni Relations.

Past Recipients

1988 — Kimberly Brady (WC ’89)

1989 — Susan Roberts (WC ’90)

1990 — Elizabeth Smith (WC ’91)

1991 — Melissa Currin (WC ’92)

1992 — Stacey Perkins (WC ’93)

1993 — Jennifer Carlton (WC ’94)

1994 — Celestial Hanson (WC ’95)

1995 — Genevieve Faith (WC ’96)

1996 — Angela Old (WC ’97)

1997 — Kerri Wolfe (WC ’98)

1998 — Tammy O’Connell (WC ’99)

1999 — Carlee Tising (WC ’01)

2000 — Crystal Ledford (WC ’01)

2001 — Caroline Ramsay (WC ’03)

2002 — Breanne Grubba (WC ’04)

2003 — Jennifer Chalmers (WC ’04)

2004 — Khalilah Robinson (WC ’06)

2005 — Shannon Grinnan (WC ’07)

2006 — Audrey Blocker (WC ’08)

2007 — Whitney Shepherd (WC ’09)

2008 — Ashley E. Johnson (WC ’09)

2012 — Jordan Bryant Wallace (WC ’13)

2014 — Rebecca Willis (WC ’15)

2015 — Joan Pack (WC ’17)

2016 — Allie McConnell (WC ’18)

2017 — Lisa Maliska (WC ’18)

2018 — Jasmine Holt (WC ’20)

2019 — Autumn Jordan (WC ’20)

2020 — Mirella Reily (WC ’21)

2021 — Bayley Blackmon (WC ’22)

Professional Achievement Award (1 recipient / year) Established in 1979, this award recognizes one alum who has distinguished themselves in their chosen profession. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. Deadline to nominate is February 28th, and winners are notified by March 15th. Awards are presented at Alumni Reunion Weekend each spring. Click here to nominate a deserving alum for the 2022 Professional Achievement Award!

Past Recipients

1979 — Elizabeth Parker, WC ’24

1980 — A. Carroll Hart, WC ’35

1981 — Roslyn E. Wallace, WC ’44

1982 — Louise Trotti, WC ’38

1983 — Clara Floyd Gehan, WC ’29

1984 — Deloris Ward Napier, WC ’47

1985 — Gwendolyn Brown Mundy, WC ’49

1986 — Patricia J. Ellis, WC ’72

1987 — Rebecca Bowles Hawkins, WC ’32

1988 — Janice Summers Herbert, WC ’66

1989 — Barbara Stockton Perry, WC ’47

1990 — Thelma Peterson Peters, WC ’26

1991 — Clyde Dixon Connell, WC ‘1919

1992 — Gertrude Davenport, WC ’23 & Bete Todd Wages, WC ’46

1993 — Helen Chance Hoffman, WC ’47

1994 — Sarah Hambright Rhyne, WC ’34

1995 — Martha Simmons, WC ’93

1996 — Dale McElveen Jaeger, WC ’73 & Nelwyn Bagwell Turk, WC ’69

1997 — Lee Ann Romberg White, WC ’82

1998 — Modree Grogan Bowers, WC ’45

1999 — Betty Verson Norton, WC ’52

2000 — Robin Churn Francis, WC ’75

2001 — Bettie Sue Merritt Harris, WC ’76

2002 — Gloria Cassity Stargel, WC ’76

2003 — Lynn Fink, WC ’82

2004 — Martha Finger Stratton, WC ’45

2005 — Jessica Vaughn Moss, WC ’80

2006 — Dr. Lucy Dekle Braun, WC ’58

2013 — Danita Emma, WC ’01

2014 — Kimberly McCoy, WC ’92

2015 — Susan Ables Irick, WC ’81

2016 — Heather Johnson Wayne, WC ’98

Spring 2017 — Catherine “KT” Curran, WC ’89

Fall 2017 — Amber Markmann Simmons, WC ’03

2018 — Dr. India Rose, WC ’06

2020 — Ken Blair, BU ’16 & ’22

2021 — Belinda Landers Jackson, WC ’05

Service To Brenau Award (1 recipient / year)
Established in 1973, this award recognizes one alumni who exemplifies a personal commitment to Brenau University. Winners are selected by a committee of their peers. Deadline to nominate is February 28th, and winners are notified by March 15th. Awards are presented at Alumni Reunion Weekend each spring.

Click here to nominate a deserving alum for the 2022 Service to Brenau Award!

Past Recipients
1973 — Dorothy Warthen Candler, WC ’29

1974 — Kathryn Curtis Trogdon, WC ’31

1975 — Mary Helen Roop Hosch, WC ’35

1976 — Dorothy Smith Hopkins, WC ’32

1977 — Virginia Brown, WC ’29

1978 — Cora Anderson Hill, WC 1916

1979 — Leona Mosal Ridgeway, WC ’22

1980 — Grace Hooten Moore, WC ’38

1981 — Josephine Winter Rainey, WC ’47

1982 — Lucille Suddath Bates, WC ’50

1983 — Jackie Hogsed Hartley, WC ’53

1984 — Jane Barron, WC ’70

1985 — Lillian Wheeler Robinson, WC ’30

1986 — Mary Overby Tibbetts, WC ’32

1987 — Mildred Jackson, WC ’30

1988 — Henrietta Estes, WC ’67

1989 — Mary Foote Simmons Paris, WC ’30

1990 — AlJean Dorsey Thompson, WC ’49

1991 — Thelma Mauldin Green, WC ’34

1992 — Kay Wallis Herrin, WC ’59

1993 — Nelson Hilty Carter, WC ’64 & Betty Ann Christopher Chambers, WC ’52

1994 — Dana Fowler, WC ’85

1995 — Margaret Owen Blackstock, WC ’66

1996 — Jan Follachio Bloom, WC ’70

1997 — Dotty Eleazer Alexander, WC ’60 & Elizabeth Bridges Fisher, WC ’67

1998 — Happy Garner Kirkpatrick, WC ’75

1999 — Elizabeth Wheeler Thurmond, WC ’33

2000 — Gwendolyn Brown Mundy, WC ’49

2001 — Louise Johnston Estes, WC ’36

2002 — Anna Alexander Jacobs, WC ’86

2003 — Gina Wilson Miller, WC ’79

2004 — Doris Beidenmiller Whitaker, WC ’45

2005 — Gail A. Smith, WC ’83

2006 — Jane Paterson Suggs, WC ’74

2013 — Rosanne Chastain Short, WC ’90, BU ’06

2014 — Lee Anne Romberg White, WC ’82

2015 — Carole Ann Carter Daniel, WC ’68

2016 — Robin Smith Dudley, WC ’78 & Brooke Statham, WC ’00

Spring 2017 — Marsha Stringer, WC ’96, BU ’03 & ’05

Fall 2017 — Terry Capers, BU ’14

2018 — Dr. Jennifer Allison, WC ’92, BU ’03 & ’16

2020 — Alecia Webb, BU ’07 & ’09

2021 — Celeste Alexander, WC ’98, BU ’99

Young Alumna Award (1 recipient / year)
Established in 1989, this award recognizes one traditional-aged Women’s College alumna who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in one or more of the following ways: promotions, recognition, honor organizations, public appearances, expertise in field, professional leadership, and/or continued education. Nominees must be graduates of the last 15 years and winners will be selected by a committee of their peers. Deadline to nominate is February 28th, and winners are notified by March 15th. Awards are presented at Alumni Reunion Weekend each spring.

Click here to nominate someone for the 2022 Young Alumna Award!

Past Recipients

1988
Lynn Bonner Pitts, WC ’77
Lee Ann Romberg White, WC ’82
Susan Northington Scherberger, WC ’83
Diane E. Boudreau, WC ’81

1989
Debbie Jacobs Woodcock, WC ’75
B. J. Richardson Williams, WC ’82
Jessica Vaughn Moss, WC ’80

1990
Paige Hawkins Martin, WC ’82
Robin Joy Seymour, WC ’85
Pamela Atkinson Williams, WC ’82

1991
Kari Dean Angelato, WC ’83
Susan Ables Valdez, WC ’81
Dana Boyd Shealy, WC ’87

1992
Jo Ann Ginn Gjertson, WC ’82
Jeanne McEachern Hyder, WC ’84
Vicky Lynn Black, WC ’81

1993
Elizabeth Walther Kempsall, WC ’84
Dorothy Martin, WC ’78
Sonja Lingerfelt Chafin, WC ’81

1994
Leslie Lyles, WC ’86
Vanita Moon Pryor, WC ’83
Deborah Schulte, WC ’84

1995
Mary Helen Bernknopf, WC ’84
Sandra Lea Carlson, WC ’86
Nancy Moore West, WC ’85

1996
Lisa B. Garick, WC ’81
Deann Dasher Scruggs, WC ’93
Gail A. Smith, WC ’83

1997
Merri Marlene Brantley, WC ’82
Kimberly Caston Davis, WC ’83
Carol Murdock-Palmer, WC ’87

1998
Heather Cetti, WC ’97
Melissa Currin Heard, WC ’92
Leila Kramer, WC ’92

1999
Kimberly B. McCoy, WC ’92
Katherine F. McMaster, WC ’87
Dina C. McDade, WC ’88

2000
Sarah K. Lamb, WC ’93
Reveca J. Mladenoff, WC ’94
Adriane Anderson Seymour, WC ’89

2001
Saudra Brown, WC ’87
Elizabeth Prater Arthur, WC ’97

2002
Kristin Clayton Knezevic, WC ’90
Maria M. Ebrahimji, WC ’98
Rachel Doud Sanders, WC ’98

2003
Kecia Strickland Garland, WC ’96
Heather Johnson Wayne, WC ’98
Nicole G. Iamarore, WC ’99

2004
Cecilia Lilletredt, WC ’98
Alexandria Palamountain, WC ’97
Kristy White, WC ’95

2005
Lara Magzan, WC ’95
April Rogers Reed, WC ’95
Marsha Stringer, WC ’96, BU ’03 & ’05

2013
Brook Atkinson Davidson, WC ’02
Emmie Henderson Howard, WC ’01
Kristina Shepard Rhoades, WC ’08, BU ’10

2014
Ya’Sheaka Campbell, WC ’00
Jennifer Lewis, WC ’02
Jessi Barker Shrout, WC ’04

2015
Tracy Rhodes Withers, WC ’02
Khalilah T. R. Johnson, WC ’06
Karri Bentley, WC ’02

2016
Lara Thomas Carswell, WC ’05
Samantha Wright Sumner, WC ’09
Nicole Malara Walker, WC ’01

Spring 2017
Danielle Aikens-Holland, WC ’03
Melinda Ratcliff Hallam, WC ’07
Kayla Moore Fritz, WC ’13

Fall 2017
Stefanie Diaz, WC ’05, BU ’07

2018
Marjorie Uys Edenfield, WC ’12

2020
Katie Barth Lutz, WC ’14

2021

Sommer Stockton, WC ’19, BU ’20

Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Association, in partnership with the Office of Financial Aid, announces the availability of the Brenau University Legacy Scholarship.  This scholarship encourages daughters, granddaughters, and sisters of Brenau alumni to continue the Golden Tigers tradition as freshmen in the Women’s College.  Following are the Legacy Scholarship details and requirements:

  • Scholarship application deadlines: Fall semester applicants – March 1; Spring semester applicants – November 1
  • Available to incoming, first-time freshman legacies enrolling in the Women’s College only. (Transfer students are not eligible.)
  • Scholarship amounts: $2,500 annually for residential Women’s College legacies; $2,000 annually for commuter Women’s College legacies (awards divided evenly over fall and spring semesters)
  • Applicant’s mother, father, sister, brother or grandparent must be a Brenau alumnus (defined as anyone who completed at least 30 semester hours at Brenau in any program, including Academy/Early College, Women’s College, and non-traditional undergraduate and graduate programs)
  • Renewable for up to four years or 120 semester hours, whichever is reached first
  • Recipient must maintain full-time status in the Women’s College (12 or more hours per semester)
  • Recipient must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree as defined for all financial aid recipients in Brenau’s published institutional policies

For more information about how your daughter, granddaughter, or sister can apply for the Legacy Scholarship, please contact Brenau’s Financial Aid Office at (770) 534-6152.

Scholarships for Current Students

The Alumni Association offers several scholarship opportunities for Juniors and Seniors. Applications will be available each year online beginning February 1. Applications are due February 28.