The Neville Distinguished Student Award

Application Deadline is September 21, 2018

For many years, Villanova honored select graduating seniors with the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award. Recently, the Who’s Who national organization closed their doors after 83 years and is no longer sponsoring this award or accepting nominations.

This year, we will be awarding the Dr. Richard A. Neville Distinguished Student Award.  Dr. Neville served as the Vice President of Student Life from 1981-1999 and worked tirelessly to develop citizen scholars and leaders during his tenure. This award will continue the tradition of recognizing our undergraduate, full time, senior students who have excelled academically while serving and leading our Villanova community.  Through this award, we seek to recognize students from a breadth of involvement on campus representing a diverse scope of contributions to the Villanova community. Recipients will be honored at a dinner and ceremony in the spring semester.

Who is eligible?

Matriculated full-time undergraduate students who will graduate in either December 2018 or May 2019 and who have earned a 3.25 cumulative Grade Point Average at Villanova University are eligible to apply.  

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership in a Villanova student organization or activity.
  • Substantial community service contributions to the Villanova community or through a Villanova community service program.
  • Consistent involvement over time in University co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
  • Good disciplinary status as determined by the Dean of Students Office.
  • Anticipated graduation date of December 2018 or May 2019.
  • Good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25.

To Apply

To be considered, you must submit an online application and arrange for a Villanova faculty or staff member to provide a letter of recommendation.  The faculty or staff member must be identified in your application and will receive an email with instructions on how to submit the letter of recommendation electronically.

Please CLICK HERE to access the application (only eligible students can access this application).

A University Committee, whose membership includes representatives from all four colleges, the administration and the student body, will consider each application. The students selected by the committee and approved by the Vice President for Student Life will be notified of their selection no later than December 21, 2018.

If you have questions concerning the application, recommendation, qualifications or procedures, please contact the Dean of Students Office in 213 Dougherty Hall, or call 610-519-4200