Praises and rewards those Wellesley scholars exemplifying the outstanding qualities of mind, body, and spirit as described in Plato's ideal education of the Guardian.

The Katharine Malone Prizes for academic excellence were established in 1985 by alumna Claudine B. Malone '63 in honor of her mother Katharine, and to recognize Wellesley students who represent the combination of academic excellence, active and contributing citizenship, and accomplishment.

Selection Process
Each summer, the Katharine Malone Committee meets to select prize recipients.

The Katharine Malone First Year Prize ($15,000): Full-time Wellesley student, in residence two consecutive semesters, 3.9 G.P.A., SAT scores of at least 1420 or a composite score of 32 in the A.C.T.

The Katharine Malone Sophomore Prize ($15,000): Full-time Wellesley student, in residence four consecutive semesters, 3.9 G.P.A. and a minimum of 16 institutional units earned.

The Katharine Malone Scholar Prize ($65,000 plus up to $60,000 for graduate school): Full-time Wellesley student, in residence at lease six consecutive semesters; 3.9 G.P.A and  a minimum of 24 institutional units earned; has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the end of junior year and who is committed to being in residence at the College for the entire senior year, enrolled full-time in a Wellesley College academic program.

Award Presentation
Each fall at Convocation, the three recipients are honored. The Katharine Malone Scholar is also recognized at Commencement.

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