In order to be eligible to receive a French Department prize, students must take a minimum of two French courses over the academic year. The prizes awarded are:
Foster Prize – The Foster Prize is awarded to first year students who excel in their work in French. The prize was established in 1944 by Hattie F. Moore and Warren W. Foster in memory of their mother. (Candidate must not be of French lineage, and not educated in a French-speaking country.)
Patch Prize – The Helen E. Patch Prize was established in honor of Miss Patch, a former faculty member and chair of the department, by her students. Given annually for excellence in French.
Hubbell Junior Year Abroad Prize was established in 2001 from the Sylvia Sherk Hubbell ’39 Memorial Fund to be awarded for excellence in French. The award enables students of merit to pursue cultural activities during the junior year abroad (sophomores).
Saintonge Prize – The Paul F. Saintonge Prize in French was established in honor of Professor Saintonge, a former faculty member and chair of the department, by colleagues and students. Prizes are awarded annually to students of superior achievement in French who intend to spend the Junior Year abroad (sophomores). The prize money is to be used primarily for purchasing tickets to theatrical productions and for books.
Henry Gaviglio Prize – awarded to a student of merit for outstanding service to the life of the French Department.
Périvier Prize – the Jacques Henri Périvier Prize for outstanding work in 17th century studies was established in 1993 in honor of Professor Périvier, a former faculty member and chair of the department to be given annually to the student who does outstanding work in the production or performance of a French play or an outstanding research project in French literature (classical era).
Rostas Prize – The Edith Sebestyen Rostas Prize in French was established by Professor Rostas, a former faculty member and chair of the department, to be given annually to an outstanding junior or senior French major (or interdepartmental major with a concentration in French) and who is interested in the teaching of French language and literature.
French Department Francophone Book Prize – for excellence in Francophone Studies.
Sylvia Sherk Hubbell ’39 Book Prize – for excellence in French.