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Clara Willoughby Davidson Scholarship

Each year the Department of Religion has the option of awarding the Clara Willoughby Davidson Alumnae Scholarship to a Smith College senior or recent graduate who pursues an advanced degree in Biblical Studies and/or Philosophy of Religion, or in a related field that involves coursework in one or both of these disciplines. Preference is given to applicants who have completed a substantial number of relevant courses while at Smith. Students considering an academic track, seminary, divinity school, or rabbinical school are encouraged to consult with the appropriate faculty in the department well in advance of their senior year.

James Gardner Buttrick Prize

This may be awarded annually for the best essay written by a Smith undergraduate on a subject in the field of religious studies.

2016 Recipient

Heather L. Rick '16, "Toward a Political Philosophy of the Hijab"

List of previous recipients

2015: Emma De Lisle '15, Krithika Venkataraman '15
2014: Dinah Lensing-Sharp '16, Sarah Ana Seligman '14
2013: Mackenzie Green 13, Caroline Quinn '13, and Alison Swayne '13
2012: Jennifer Eckert '12
2011: Jennifer Fernandez AC '11, Chime Lama '11
2010: Jaclyn Majewski '13, Jessica McQuillan '12, Natalie Sargent '12, Laura Stanford '11J
2009: Emily Floyd '09
2008: Syretha Brooks '08
2007: Rebekah Saidman-Krauss '07
2006: Carolyn Creedon AC'06

Henry Lewis Foote Memorial Prize

This may be awarded annually for the best essay written by a Smith undergraduate on a subject in the field of biblical studies.

2016 Recipient

Leigh E. Cappabianca '16J, "Outsider, Pro-elect or Elect? New Testament Reflections on Rahab's Status"

List of previous recipients

2014: Emily Branton '14
2013: Emily Branton '14, Sarah Ana Seligman '14
: Natalie Sargent '12
2011: Natalie Sargent '12
2010: Sarah Woodbury '10
2009: Lilian Jackman AC'09
2008: Laura Bram '08
2007: Kathryn Fox '07, Rachel Rubenstein '07
2006: Kaitlyn Webster '08

Jochanan H.A. Wijnhoven Prize

This prize may be awarded annually for the best essay written by a Smith undergraduate for a course in the Religion Department or Jewish Studies on a subject in Jewish religious thought.

List of previous recipients

2014: Melissa Hoffman AC '15J
2013: Katy Lora Swartz '13
: Hunter King '13, Emma Cooke '14
2011: Lucy White '11
2009: Dara Kaye '09
2007: Chelsea Kline AC'07, Rachel Rubenstein '07
2006: Stacey Baird '06


A student competing for one or more of these prizes should submit a printed copy of her paper together with the required cover sheet to Phoebe McKinnell, Wright Hall 106, by noon on the last day of classes in the spring semester.

Required cover sheet

One need not be a Religion major to submit a paper for a prize and students may submit more than one paper. Prizes are typically awarded to midsized and longer papers that reflect substantial research and innovative thinking.

Winners are notified by the Dean of the College in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at Last Chapel and at Convocation in the fall.