Hollins is proud to recognize our alumnae/i and friends with the following awards:
Upon the approval of the Board of Trustees, the university awards the Hollins Medal to individuals who embody the ideals and values set forth in our mission statement. Hollins Medals are awarded “for distinction, service to Hollins University and to woman’s life and education in general.” The medal is a personal manifestation of mutual affection to those who have shown a demonstrated commitment to Hollins.
Established in 2006, the Distinguished Alumnae Award recognizes individual alumnae who have brought distinction to themselves and to Hollins through broad and inspiring personal or career achievements, volunteer service, or contributions to society.
Established in 2009, the Distinguished Young Alumna Award recognizes a member of the 5th, 10th, or 15th Reunion Year Class whose accomplishments since graduation have been extraordinary.
The Alumnae Association has long been an ardent supporter of The Hollins Fund, and to that end in 1993 established the Pat Thomas Bain Award as a loving tribute to one of our most loyal alumnae, the late Pat Thomas Bain, Class of 1949. Pat served Hollins as a member of the Board of Trustees for more than 14 years, until her death in 1992. The Bain Award is presented at reunion to the individual or group whose efforts have achieved a significant increase in Hollins Fund participation.
This award is named in honor of the late Rath sisters - Luise, Class of 1919; Gertrud, Class of 1922; and Virginia, Class of 1924, who were great-granddaughters of Hollins' founder Charles Lewis Cocke. The Rath Award is given annually to an alumna or alumnae whose participation in the life of Hollins has been extraordinary and whose personal investment of time and effort in the institution over the years represents the very best of the Hollins spirit. It is our tradition to present the Rath Award at Reunion.
Established in 1994, the Athletic Hall of Fame honors members of the Hollins community who have demonstrated superior athletic accomplishments at Hollins, as well as sportsmanship, character, and leadership at Hollins and/or in their community. Induction of new members takes place at Alumnae Reunion each year.
The Alumnae Board established the award in 2002 in honor of former Alumnae Relations Director and member of the class of 1972, Betsy Green Grubbs. The award is presented to a Hollins alumna or Hollins community member who has made a significant contribution in the arts.
The Alumnae Association Board of Directors presented this award to alumnae who exemplify excellence in volunteering for Hollins through a specific project or for overall spirit.
The Office of Admission created the Outstanding Admission Ambassador Award in 2013. This award honors an individual who has demonstrated sustained commitment to the alumnae admission volunteer effort. This individual has answered the call for service, and is committed to assisting in the recruitment of bright, talented scholars to Hollins.
Catherine Orgill West '51 Award
Hollins created the Catherine Orgill West Award in 2001 in honor of her spectacular efforts for her 50th reunion class gift. That year she contacted every single classmate, asking them to give. Her efforts resulted in an unparalleled 100 percent participation in giving by her class. The award honors the reunion-year class with the highest participation in giving to the Hollins Fund.
Tinker Mountain Award
Given to the reunion-year class that raises the largest total gift for the Hollins Fund.
Hollins Rock Award
Awarded to the reunion-year class among the ten most recent classes with the highest Hollins Fund participation.