The application for the 2023 George Wharton Pepper Prize opens on Friday, February 17th at 9:30 am.

As noted in Senator Pepper’s gift to the College:
The Lafayette Ideal is 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 the campus. Academic brilliance or athletic prowess alone is not the criterion (for selection as a Pepper Prize Recipient).

Any member of the Lafayette community can nominate a senior for this prestigious award. A cohort of finalists will be selected from a committee of faculty, students, and staff. All voting faculty, full time administrators and the student body will be invited to vote for the final recipient of the Pepper Prize.

Nominations can be submitted here. Please submit your nomination by February 28th.  Seniors will be notified of their nominations on March 1st.

The Pepper Prize application will remain open through March 10th. Any senior is invited to apply at

For information about the Pepper Prize, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Heagele at