Winners of the Malone Prizes for 2017-2018 academic year: Malone Scholar Haimei Zhang '19, Mathematics & Physics, Malone Sophomore Prize Yuxi Xia '20, Anthropology & Environmental Studies, Malone First Year Prize Michelle Shui '21 Undeclared.
The Katharine Malone Prizes for academic excellence 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.
KATHARINE MALONE PRIZES SELECTION CRITERIA
THE KATHARINE MALONE FIRST YEAR PRIZE
Candidates shall be drawn from those first years who have been enrolled full time in a Wellesley College academic program and in residence at the College two consecutive semesters. Candidates must have a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 and a minimum of 8 institutional earned units. Candidates must also have combined S.A.T. scores of 1450 (old test) or 1490 (new test) or higher or a composite score of 32 or higher in the A.C.T. As of the 2017-2018 academic year, the Katharine Malone First Year Prize shall be fifteen thousand dollars to be paid in the fall of the sophomore year, at Convocation.
THE KATHARINE MALONE SOPHOMORE PRIZE
Candidates shall be drawn from those sophomores who have been enrolled full time in a Wellesley College academic program and in residence at the College four consecutive semesters and whose cumulative grade point average is 3.9 or better and a minimum of 16 institutional units earned. As of the 2017-2018 academic year, the Katharine Malone Sophomore Prize shall be fifteen thousand dollars to be paid in the fall of the junior year, at Convocation.
THE KATHARINE MALONE SCHOLAR
Each fall, a truly outstanding senior, embodying the educational ideal of Plato's Guardian, shall be named the Katharine Malone Scholar. Candidates shall be drawn from those women who: have been enrolled and in residence at Wellesley College for at least six consecutive semesters; have a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or better; have a minimum of 24 institutional units earned; have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa at the end of junior year; and who are committed to being in residence at the College for their entire senior year, enrolled full-time in a Wellesley College academic program. As of the 2017-2018 academic year, the Katharine Malone Scholar will receive seventy-one thousand five hundred dollars to be paid in the fall of the Scholar’s senior year, at Convocation.
If the Katharine Malone Scholar is enrolled in Wellesley's five year dual degree program with M.I.T., then she may receive a seventy-one thousand five hundred dollar stipend for her undergraduate work at Wellesley once she has received her Wellesley degree, and fifteen thousand dollars for her additional year for the dual degree program.
If the Katharine Malone Scholar enrolls in a graduate degree program approved by the Selection Committee within five years of graduation, as of the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be eligible to receive a fifteen thousand dollar stipend each year for up to four additional years. Such programs might include, but not be limited to, an M.A.T., or a Ph.D. in the Liberal Arts, or a degree in Law, Medicine, Business, Engineering, or Architecture. The Selection Committee shall determine that the university in which the Scholar is enrolled has an outstanding degree program in her field and shall determine annually that the candidate is making satisfactory progress toward her degree.
The Katharine Malone First Year Prize and the Katharine Malone Sophomore Prize winners shall be eligible to be candidates for selection as the Katharine Malone Scholar if they meet all the criteria.
Prize amounts and criteria are effective for all awards given in AY 2018-2019. Amounts and criteria are subject to change annually in the discretion of the Donor and Malone Prize Selection Committee.
Each fall at Convocation, the three recipients are honored. The Katharine Malone Scholar is also recognized at Commencement.