Gail McKnight Beckman created the Beckman Award to benefit teachers who have inspired their former students to make a significant contribution to society. The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” Alternatively, the academic faculty member must have inspired their former students to “establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.”
Nomination application packages must be submitted via email by June 30 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Trustee
100 Terminus Building
3280 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Suite 400 Atlanta, GA 30305
United States only
Types of support
Award recipients will receive $25,000 as a one-time award to be used at their sole discretion (taxable income).
Only United States citizens or permanent resident aliens are eligible.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Dr. Dennis Mitchell, Columbia University
Dr. Ruth Lindeborg, Bryn Mawr College
Dr. Nadine Kaslow, American Psychological Association
Phyllis Silverstein, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Nomination application requirements
- Awards will be made in the United States only. Only United States citizens or permanent resident aliens are eligible.
- Award recipients must be current or former teachers, professors, or instructors at a college, university, junior college, community college, or technical school located in the United States. Preference will be given to educators who teach or who taught in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law.
- Award recipients must have inspired a former student who attended his or her class to either:
- Create an organization that has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large; or
- Establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.
- Anyone may submit a Nomination Application Package.
- The trust's Advisory Committee reviews Nomination Application Packages and makes award decisions.
- Past recipients of this one-time award may not be nominated again.
Nomination application package
The Nomination Application Package must be submitted electronically via email to email@example.com. The subject of the email should be "Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Nomination Application Package." No faxed or mailed packages will be accepted.
Please compile the Nomination Application Package materials into a single pdf file using the following naming convention: Nominee Last Name-Nominator Last Name, e.g. Smith-Jones.
The Nomination Application Package must be assembled in the following order:
- Optional cover letter. Please note that information contained in your email message will not be shared with the Advisory Committee.
- The Nomination Application Form. Each form must be typed, completed in its entirety, signed, and dated. No handwritten forms will be accepted.
- Former student's personal narrative (2 parts)
- Part 1: Please include a detailed explanation of how the nominee was the inspiration for the former student's organization, concept, procedure, or movement.
- Part 2: Please include details about how the organization, concept, procedure, or movement has benefited the community at large, how it established long-term change, and how it continues to make a positive impact. (2 page limit, typed, double spaced, signed)
- One (1) letter from an individual who supports, has benefited from or who has been personally impacted by the former student's organization, concept, procedure, or movement. (1 page, typed, double spaced, signed)
- One (1) piece of supporting material about the former student's organization, concept, procedure, or movement. Picture files, links to website pages, brochures, fact sheets and other materials are permissible. Please DO NOT submit videos, DVDs, CDs, disks, flash drives, or other electronic media.
The Nomination Application Package must be submitted via email by June 30 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
About the Foundation
The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust was established in 2008 under the Will of Gail McKnight Beckman. Wells Fargo Bank, N. A. serves as the trustee. Gail McKnight Beckman created the award in memory of her mother, Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman. Dr. Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman was an educator, a renowned author, and a pioneer in the field of Psychology. She was one of the first female Psychology professors at Columbia University and she taught at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beckman authored nine books and textbooks about child and adolescent Psychology. Dr. Beckman was a champion of gender equality and an advocate for the advancement of women in academia.
A trailblazer in her own right, Gail McKnight Beckman created the Beckman award to benefit teachers who have inspired their former students to make a difference in their communities. The award is given to current or former academic faculty members who have inspired their former students to “create an organization which has demonstrably conferred a benefit on the community at large.” Or, the academic faculty member must have inspired their former students to “establish on a lasting basis a concept, procedure, or movement of comparable benefit to the community at large.”
David M. Becker, J.D.; Dawn D. Bennett-Alexander, J.D.; Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor, Ph.D.; Michael Joseph Chorney, Ph.D.; Daniel Wallace Close, Ph.D.; Marie Anita Failinger; LLM, Ralph David Fertig, ABD for Ph.D.; Elizabeth Gerber, Ph.D.; K. Daniel O’Leary, Ph.D; Florence Wagman Roisman, LL.B.
Hortensia Amaro, Ph. D.; Connie S. Chan, Ph. D.; Helen G. Durkin, Ph.D.; Randall W. Engle, Ph. D.; Lisa A. Goodman, Ph.D.; William Hellerstein, J.D.; Ann C. Hodges, J.D.; Stephen J. Morse, J.D., Ph.D.; Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.; and David Weissbrodt, J.D.
Florence L. Denmark, Ph.D.; Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.; Suzanne B. Johnson, Ph.D.; Craig J. McClain, M.D.; Mark A. Meier, M.D.; Thomas W. Mitchell, J.D.; Velma M. Murry, Ph.D.; Clare Pastore, J.D.; David L. Penn, Ph.D.; and Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D.
Jerome Barron, J.D.; Ellen Beck, M.D.; Alberto Benitez, J.D.; Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D.; Laura Brown, Ph.D.; Tillman Farley, M.D.; Edna Foa, Ph.D.; Noreen Garman, Ph.D.; Richard Halgin, Ph.D.; Sharon Horne, Ph.D.; Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D.; Phyllis Katz, Ph.D.; Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.; Nancy Oriol, M.D.; James Plumb, M.D.; Nicole Prudent, M.D.; Joan Reede, M.D.; Dan Rohlf, J.D.; Nancy Russo, Ph.D.; Sandra Shullman, Ph.D.; Carolyn Tucker, Ph.D.; and Joan Williams, J.D.
Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D.; Jessica Henderson Daniel, Ph.D.; Michelle Fine, Ph.D.; Howard S. Friedman, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Louise Glisky, Ph.D.; Janet E. Helms, Ph.D.; Marsha Marie Linehan, Ph.D.; Raymond P. Lorion, Ph.D.; Susan McDaniel, Ph.D.; Layli (Phillips) Maparyan, Ph.D.; Alice Anne Medalia, Ph.D.; Frances V. Mervyn, Ph.D.; Bonnie Ruth Strickland, Ph.D.; Stanley Sue, Ph.D.; and Bruce Wampold, Ph.D.
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.; Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D.; Kathleen McDermott, Ph.D.; James O. Prochaska, Ph.D.; Judith Resnik, J.D.; and Claude M. Steele, Ph.D.