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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.
2020 Winner: Phoebe Kilby '70 

Phoebe Kilby '70 is a peacebuilder. She began her peace and justice journey in 2003 when she started classes at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), a graduate-level program at Eastern Mennonite University. It was there that she found her calling - to work for racial justice, healing and reconciliation between European Americans and African Americans in the US. She began her work in racial reconciliation in 2007, when she first contacted Betty Kilby Baldwin on Martin Luther King Day. Phoebe had discovered in late 2006 that her ancestors were enslavers; Betty is descended from the people that Phoebe’s family once enslaved. Since that time Phoebe has become a leader in the Coming to the Table organization, founded at CJP, which seeks to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream “that the sons of former slave owners and sons of former slaves will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” Phoebe with others in Coming to the Table has led workshops and dialogues on racial reconciliation across the United States. She left employment with EMU/CJP in January 2015 and now lives in Asheville, NC, where she continues this work. She also co-founded Sympoetica with husband Barry Carpenter. Established in 1986, Sympoetica offers urban planning and design to clients.
Phoebe received the Class Day Alumnae Award in 1968. She has volunteered for Bryn Mawr and has been a loyal donor to The Fund for Bryn Mawr for nearly forty years. She also served as a member of the Class of 1970 50th Reunion Committee.
 
 

Senior Alumna Award

The Senior Alumna Award goes to an alumna who graduated 40 or more years ago and who has made a significant contribution to the community as a dedicated volunteer or as a career professional.
2020 Winner: Marka Danielle Fedder Rodgers '75
 
Marka Rodgers '75 is a dance instructor with an inspiring story.  While working as a teacher in Charleston, SC, Marka was in a tragic car accident that left her an incomplete quadriplegic.  Marka has not let this stop her from teaching ballet and now leads class from her wheelchair.  In 2016, she became the first wheelchair user to ever walk Charleston’s famous Cooper River Bridge Run, a 6.2-mile race, using a bendable leg brace.  She also started the Purple Legs UP campaign, which raises money for the Roper Rehabilitation Hospital’s Center for Spinal Cord Injury in hopes of contributing equipment for others.  She started the campaign after her claims for insurance coverage were denied.  Marka volunteers time speaking to support groups and mentors others facing spinal cord injuries.  She has also served as one of two delegates from South Carolina to meet with government representatives in Washington, DC, seeking understanding and awareness for their challenges.  She has also worked with the City of Charleston’s Commission for Disabilities to emphasize why bathrooms need larger doors while seeking stricter penalties for those who abuse handicap parking.

Marka has volunteered for Bryn Mawr as an alumnae class captain and served on the 40th and 45th reunion committees for the Class of 1975. 

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.
2020 Winner: Radhika Prabhu '00 

Radhika Prabhu '00 is the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary on Women's Empowerment at the United States Department of State.  Previously, she served as Special Assistant for Gender and Youth Programs in Iraq within the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.  In this capacity she managed foreign assistance efforts to assist in the political, economic and social development of Iraqi women.  Radhika is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is also co-founder of a think tank, the India Research Group, founded to identify policy solutions that support inclusive and broad-based development in India.  She also serves as faculty member for one of the largest volunteer-driven grassroots organizations, the Art of Living Foundation, and has taught programs to advance civic engagement and social entrepreneurship to approximately 2,100 youth in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, and India.  She holds a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College.  

Radhika has volunteered for Bryn Mawr by serving as a guest speaker for several school events. She led student workshops for the school’s 2019 Equity & Empowerment for Everyone Day, served as a panelist for an MLK Day program for parents, alumnae and students in 2020, and hosted a group of students to visit her office at the State Department. 

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.
2020 Winner: Joyce Kuhns '75

Joyce Kuhns '75 is a Principal in the Baltimore Office of Offit Kurman. She has been named to The Best Lawyers in America list, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor and in 2013 was named to The Daily Record’s list of “Top 100 Women in Maryland.” She holds a J.D. from The College of William and Mary School of Law and a B.A. from Smith College. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Joyce is a dedicated volunteer for Bryn Mawr. She is currently serving her third term on the Bryn Mawr School’s Board of Trustees and presently holds the leadership position of vice-chair of the Executive Committee. She also serves on the Development and Audit committees. In addition to serving on the board, she has volunteered for Bryn Mawr in a number of capacities including serving as chair of the M. Carey Thomas Society (2017) and Garrett/Gwinn Society (2016). She has also served on the Sustainers Society Committee and previously chaired the Development Committee. She has dedicated time to volunteering for the Fund for Bryn Mawr phonathon. Joyce has been a longtime member of the Sustainers Society and recently made a significant contribution to the Our Way Campaign, naming the Joyce A. Kuhns ’75 Dining Room in the Student Center in honor of her parents Francis and Nancy Kuhns.
 

Alumnae

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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  • Deanna Boyd 05

    Director of Alumnae Engagement