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Alumnae Awards

The Bryn Mawr School Alumnae Association celebrates recipients of the Young, Senior and Distinguished Alumna Awards along with the Anne Edmunds Croker '58 Alumnae Service Award during Alumnae Weekend.

Reunion giving prizes, recognizing classes for their philanthropic support of the school, are also presented during Alumnae Weekend.

The Distinguished Alumna Award

The Distinguished Alumna Award is given to an alumna who embodies the highest ideal of the school through her professional or volunteer commitments. Leadership, a humanistic spirit, creativity, community involvement and professional achievement are among the qualities to be considered.
2019 Winner: Myra Rosenfeld Little ‘59

After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Myra Rosenfeld Little ‘59 received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MA in art history from Columbia University and a PhD in Fine Arts from Harvard. She has taught art history and the history of architecture at the University of Washington, Seattle, the College of Environmental Design at the University of California at Berkeley, McGill University, and at the Université de Montréal. Myra has also authored several books and served as the principal author and organizer of several exhibitions and catalogues.

Senior Alumna Award

The Senior Alumna Award goes to an alumna who graduated 50 or more years ago and who has made a significant contribution to the community as a dedicated volunteer or as a career professional.
2019 Winner: Sara Kleppinger Fornaciari ‘69

From covering all of the school’s athletic endeavors as editor of The Quill, to serving as the first female sports writer in the Ivy League during her time at Penn, to becoming the first female intern in the Washington Post’s sports department and the first female sports attorney in the world, Sara has made a name for herself in the sports field. Representing Tracy Austin and Zina Garrison, among others, Sara also made a name for herself as the first female sports agent. Today, Sara runs her own marketing and event consulting firm, Sports+Plus, in Bethesda and specializes in charity sports events.

The Young Alumna Award

The Young Alumnae Award is given to an alumna who has graduated within the last 20 years who has distinguished herself in the community or in her profession.
2019 Winner: Karen Rugh ‘99

After graduating from Bryn Mawr, Karen attended Washington University in St. Louis where she majored in Civil Engineering and minored in art. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago, a city known for its architecture, and has worked in the construction field ever since. Since 2007 she has worked at Novak Construction, a nationally recognized general contractor, where, in 2018, she became the company’s first female Project Director. Perhaps not surprisingly for a Bryn Mawr girl, Karen is described as having a “take care of business” approach which has served her well throughout her career.

Throughout her career, Karen has aimed to fulfill the Bryn Mawr calling to “lead a considered and consequential life,” and she continues to do so in her directorial role at Novak. As she tells it, “Bryn Mawr taught me to ask questions, work hard, and deliver real results. I attribute my success in large part to the confidence and work ethic that Bryn Mawr instilled in us all as young women.”

The Anne Edmunds Croker '58 Alumnae Service Award

The Anne Edmunds Croker Award, named in honor of alumna Anne Edmunds Croker, Class of 1958, is a surprise every year and it is given by the Association to an alumna whose dedication to the School and participation in volunteer activities has been exemplary.
2019 Winner: Carol Wilson Garvey ‘59

Carol Wilson Garvey ‘59 is one of Bryn Mawr’s most dedicated volunteers. She has served on her reunion committee, as class captain, and phonathon caller. She is brave and bold, and unafraid to invite fellow alumnae to join her as generous donors. Her gentle demeanor and excellent sense of humor and belief in the school and its mission arm her with the confidence to help raise funds for her beloved alma mater.

Carol is beloved by her classmates (and the school) for her unwavering efforts at keeping the class connected. Described by some of her classmates as their Class President, she has gone above and beyond to collect and share updates on what each member of the Class of 1959 is doing. She really is the glue that holds the class together.

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Reunion Participation Prize

The Reunion Participation Prize goes to the class with the most outstanding participation in support of Bryn Mawr in their reunion year.

The 2019 Reunion Participation Prize was awarded to the Class of 1969 - celebrating their 50th reunion - for achieving 83% participation!

Past winners of the Reunion Participation Prize:
2018 - Class of 1968
2017 - Class of 1967
2016 - Class of 1981
2015 - Class of 1965
2014 - Class of 1964
2013 - Class of 1948
2012 - Class of 1962
2011 - Class of 1961
2010 - Class of 1965
2009 - Class of 1964
2008 - Class of 1948
2007 - Class of 1947
2006 - Class of 1956

Young Alumnae Participation Prize

The Young Alumnae Participation Prize goes to one of the four youngest reunion classes with the highest class participation in its reunion giving effort.

The Class of 1999, celebrating its 20th reunion, received the Young Alumnae Participation Prize with 26% participation.

Past winners of the Young Alumnae Participation Prize:
2018 - Class of 2003
2017 - Class of 2016
2016 - Class of 2011
2015 - Class of 2010

Overall Reunion Gift Award

The Overall Reunion Gift Award goes to the reunion class that raises the most money overall for Bryn Mawr. Annual and campaign contributions to special initiatives, capital projects and to the endowment are included.

The 2019 Overall Reunion Gift Award went to the Class of 1944, celebrating its 75th reunion, which raised a grand total of $114,000.

Past winners of the Overall Reunion Gift Award:
2018 - Class of 1958
2017 - Class of 1967
2016 - Class of 1961
2015 - Class of 1965
2013 - Class of 1988
2012 - Class of 1967
2011 - Class of 1986
2010 - Class of 1955
2009 - Class of 1959
2008 - Class of 1988

Reunion Gift Award

The Reunion Gift Award goes to the class that raises the most in dollars for The Fund for Bryn Mawr – the School’s annual giving campaign – in its reunion year. Reunion giving dollars are critical to the school because they go immediately, during the current school year, to support our teachers and students.

Thanks to their generosity, the members of the Class of 1959 are the winners of the 2019 Reunion Gift Award for raising more than $26,000 for The Fund for Bryn Mawr. Special thanks to the 60th reunion co-chairs: Carol Wilson Garvey and Myra Nan Rosenfeld Little for your enthusiasm and encouragement around giving back to Bryn Mawr. We also extend our sincere gratitude to Anne Hoene Hoy ‘59, who put forth a matching gift challenge to the class to inspire giving in celebration of the class’s 60th reunion!

Past winners of the Reunion Gift Award:
2018 - Class of 1988
2017 - Class of 1972
2016 - Class of 1991
2015 - Class of 1965
2014 - Class of 1984
2013 - Class of 1988
2012 - Class of 1962
2011 - Class of 1961
2010 - Class of 1975
2009 - Class of 1959
2008 - Class of 1988
2007 - Class of 1967
2006 - Class of 1956

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