Senior Ashley Reno is the 2017 recipient of the Claxton Medallion and scholarship. Ashley graduates May 11th with a degree in history and will return to the Bailey Graduate School of Education to complete classes and internship to pursue her teaching degree. She was presented this award at the Dean’s Board of Advisors spring meeting.
The Claxton Medallion, established in 1995 by former College of Arts and Sciences board member Philander P. Claxton, Jr. in memory of his father, Dr. Philander P. Claxton, is awarded each year to the most deserving graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences who would be entering a fifth-year internship in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences to become a teacher.
Members of the Claxton family carried on the tradition of providing for this award when Philander P. Claxton, Jr. passed away in 1999 at age 84. Also in honor of Mr. Claxton, the award was increased from the original amount of $500 to $5,000 annually to more positively impact the lives of future educators.
In 2016, based upon the intent of the Claxton family, the Claxton Medallion award was transferred from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and is presented annually at the Dean’s Board of Advisors spring meeting.
A tradition, which will continue, is the presentation of a bronze medallion inscribed with the recipient’s name and bearing the likeness of Dr. Claxton. Students will be able to proudly wear this medallion, which appropriately hangs from an orange and white ribbon.