Hollins is proud to recognize our alumnae/i and friends with the following awards.
We award Hollins Medals “for distinction, service to Hollins University and to woman’s life and education in general.” Awards are dependent upon the approval of the Board of Trustees.
DistingUished Alumnae Award
Established in 2006, this award recognizes alumnae who’ve brought distinction to themselves and to Hollins. This is through broad and inspiring achievements, volunteer service, or contributions to society.
Distinguished Young Alumna Award
This award recognizes a member of the 5th, 10th, or 15th Reunion Year Class, with extraordinary accomplishments after graduation.
Pat Thomas Bain ’49 Award
We present the Bain Award at reunion to the individual or group whose efforts have achieved a significant increase in Hollins Fund participation.
The Alumnae Association established the Pat Thomas Bain Award in 1993 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.
We give the Rath Award annually to an alumna or alumnae whose participation in Hollins life is extraordinary and represents the Hollins spirit.
This award is in honor of the late Rath sisters — Luise, Class of 1919; Gertrud, Class of 1922; and Virginia, Class of 1924. These Rath sisters were great-granddaughters of Hollins’ founder Charles Lewis Cocke.
Athletic Hall of Fame
The Athletic Hall of Fame honors athletes who demonstrated superior athletic accomplishments at Hollins. Sportsmanship, character, and leadership all play a role in this award.
Betsy Green Grubbs ’72 Award
We present this award to a Hollins alumna or Hollins community member who has made a significant contribution in the arts.
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.
Hollins Award for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE)
The Alumnae Association Board of Directors present this award to exemplary alumnae who volunteer for Hollins.
Outstanding Admission Ambassador Award
This award honors an individual who demonstrated longstanding commitment to the alumnae admission effort.
Reunion Class Giving Awards
Catherine Orgill West ’51 Award
Hollins created the Catherine Orgill West Award in 2001 to honor the reunion-year class with the highest participation in giving to the Hollins Fund. Catherine West’s outreach to her class on the occasion of their 50th reunion resulted in an unparalleled 100 percent participation in giving by the class of 1951.
Tinker Mountain Award
Given to the reunion-year class that raises the largest total gift for the Hollins Fund.
Hollins Rock Award
We award this to the reunion-year class within 10 years with the highest Hollins Fund participation.