The George Wharton Pepper Prize, awarded annually to the senior “who most nearly represents the Lafayette ideal,” was established in 1923 by George Wharton Pepper H’22, a United States Senator from Pennsylvania, an attorney, and a founding member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.
Recipients reflect Sen. Pepper’s vision of a well-rounded, educated member of the senior class who adds to a sound academic record noteworthy participation in college activities and student life, which contribute to the advancement of the College on and off campus. Academic brilliance or athletic prowess alone is not the criterion.
It is important to recognize that there is no singular “Lafayette ideal.” This vision of an “ideal” can be embodied in countless ways that reflect the diverse identities and strengths of Lafayette students.
Any member of the Lafayette community can nominate a senior for this award. A group of finalists is selected by a committee of faculty, students, and staff. Students, voting-eligible faculty, and full-time administrators are invited to vote for the final recipient of the Pepper Prize.