Each year, outstanding members of the Carthage Adult Undergraduate Studies community are recognized during the AUS Honors Celebration with the Distinguished Adult Learner Award and the AUS Teacher of the Year Award. Students who earned the Ruth Johnson Emeritus Scholar award are also recognized.
Nominations for the Distinguished Adult Learner and AUS Teacher of the Year awards are accepted from Adult Undergraduate Studies faculty, staff, and students, with one winner determined for each award. Self-nominations are welcome.
Distinguished Adult Learner Award
The Distinguished Adult Learner Award is given to a graduating senior in the 7-week or part-time semester program with a 3.6 cumulative GPA or above. The student must have earned at least 40 graded credits at Carthage, as well as at least 75% of his or her Carthage credits through the Adult Undergraduate Studies program. Once all nominations have been received, qualified nominees will receive details on the essay and references requirement and submission process.
Adult Undergraduate Studies Teacher of the Year Award
The Adult Undergraduate Studies Teacher of the Year Award is given to a faculty member teaching in the 7-week evening program during the current academic school year. The faculty member should demonstrate excellence both in their field and in working with adult students. Nominations will be combined to determine a clear winner or a student/faculty vote will be opened should it be necessary to determine a consensus.
Ruth Johnson Emeritus Scholar Award
Ruth Johnson began working for the College in 1956 when it was still located in Carthage, Illinois. Ruth attended the groundbreaking for the new campus and opened the College’s first office in Kenosha while the campus was still under construction. After moving into her role as Registrar in 1981, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carthage as an adult student working full time. Ruth is a recipient of the prestigious Carthage Flame Award and remains engaged in the Carthage community today.
Students will be considered for the Ruth Johnson Emeritus Scholar Award as graduating seniors in Adult Undergraduate Studies (7-week or part time semester). To be eligible for this recognition, students must hold a 3.5 cumulative G.P.A. and a 3.5 G.P.A. in all declared majors and minors at the beginning of the Spring/Spring I term prior to their graduation ceremony. The award is not a scholarship, but an academic honor similar to full-time students’ Dean’s List.