Spring Awards

Student receiving an award

Our students and staff are recognized with certificates, scholarships, swords, medals and other awards for academic, physical fitness and overall military excellence at our annual spring awards ceremony. We are fortunate to have support from many sponsors including corporate, non-profit and military organizations for the ceremony.

Organizations are invited to sponsor midshipmen awards for outstanding aptitude, academic and physical fitness performance. 

Spring 2017 Ceremony: Pictures can be found here

American Veterans Award MIDN 4/C Locher  Candidates for the AMVETS award have a positive attitude towards NROTC and the Navy, exemplary personal appearance, officer potential, an A in NROTC classes, and are in the upper 10% in all college classes.
American Legion ROTC Scholarship Medal MIDN 4/C Breen
MIDN 2/C Hotz
Recipients are in the top 10% in university classes academically, top 25% in NROTC classes academically, demonstrate high qualities in military leadership, actively participate in student organizations and sports.
American Legion ROTC General Military Excellence Medal MIDN 3/C Antenucci
MIDN 2/C Capriglione
Recipients are in the top 25% of their class in all NROTC subjects academically and demonstrate outstanding qualities in military leadership, discipline, character, and citizenship.
Military Order of the World Wars  MIDN 4/C Breen
MIDN 3/C Waskin
MIDN 2/C Heaps
MIDN 1/C Charalambous
Medals and certificates are presented to midshipmen, Marines, and Officer Candidates who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities while maintaining high academic standards. As a special recognition of his pending graduation and commission, MIDN 1/C Charalambous is presented with a watch and certificate.
General Society of the War of 1812  MIDN 3/C Bucholz
MIDN 3/C Ivison
Nominees are in the upper 10% of the class in aptitude and in naval science classes, upper 20% of the class in overall academics, and have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed or conduct or both.
Military Order of the Purple Heart MIDN 3/C Thomas The Military Order of the Purple Heart medal pendant, suspended on a purple ribbon, recognizes MIDN for demonstrating outstanding leadership ability and distinguishing themselves while holding their peers to a higher standard; and for active service in school and in community affairs.
National Sojourners Award MIDN 3/C Ohm This medal is presented annually to the NROTC student who has contributed the most to encourage and demonstrate Americanism within the unit and on campus.  Specifically, the recipient must have encouraged and demonstrated the ideals of Americanism by deed or conduct while demonstrating potential for outstanding leadership.
Association of the US Navy Patriotism Award  MIDN 2/C Hardgrove Recipients of the US Navy Patriotism Award exemplify the traits of honor, courage, and commitment. 
AFCEA Honor Award MIDN 2/C Smith  Students receiving the ROTC Honor certificate award must be a U.S. citizen and a junior who is preparing to enter their senior year who is majoring in electronics, electrical, aerospace, or communications engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science or technology, information management systems or related technical disciplines. All nominees have demonstrated high academic achievement.
Daughters of Founders and Patriots Medal MIDN 2/C Burns The medal is awarded to a 2/C midshipman who has represented the most outstanding performance in military science, is in the top 25% in aptitude and academics and outstanding leadership potential.
National Society Daughters of the American Colonists  MIDN 2/C Cunnings She is receiving this award for proficiency in academic subjects, ROTC activities, and good citizenship.
Daughters of the American Revolution National Defense Committee ROTC Award MIDN 1/C McDonald The DAR National Defense Committee ROTC Award annually recognizes a graduating midshipman who ranks in the top 25% of their class in both aptitude and academics and has demonstrated qualities of dependability and good character, adherence to military discipline, leadership ability, and a fundamental patriotic understanding to the importance of ROTC training.
National Society of United States Daughters of 1812 award MIDN 2/C Stukas  He is receiving this award in recognition of his superior leadership, military discipline, dependability and patriotism.
The Military Officer Association of America Award  MIDN 1/C Caliri This award is given annually to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, high moral character, and an aptitude for military service.
 Naval Sub League Rear Admiral Frederick B. Warder Outstanding Achievement Award  MIDN 1/C Kasturas Recipients must be a senior who service selected nuclear submariner, demonstrate superior academic aptitude, be a role model and inspire others, and demonstrate balanced qualities and aptitude for ascension as a naval officer.
NDIA Award MIDN 4/C Michael Recipients must be in the upper half of college classes, have no grade less than a B in NROTC classes, be in the upper 20% of the NROTC enrollment at college, participate in athletic or campus activities, and demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities.
USAA Spirit Award  2ndLt Moore The USAA Spirit Award Clock honors a midshipman in each unit that best exemplifies the concept of service to his or her unit, community and nation. 
The Marine Corps Association Award MIDN 1/C Engelkemier The Marine Corps Association Award Plaque is presented to an outstanding graduating Marine or Marine Option MIDN in recognition of superior accomplishments and hard work.
The Chief of Naval Operations Distinguished Midshipmen Graduate Award MIDN 1/C Durkin The award is bestowed upon one graduating midshipmen at each NROTC Unit who demonstrates the highest standards of leadership, academic, and military performance.
Underclass MIDN of the Semester MIDN 4/C Oliver Locher MIDN Locher has been a motivated Midshipman for this entire semester. He has 37 hours of service for the semester. He consistently completes the workout of the week and encourages other Midshipmen to do it. He constantly encourages other Midshipmen to workout with him and is always a positive force of encouragement for his classmates. He has encouraged color platoon events for his platoon, helping Bravo 1 come in second place.  
Upperclass MIDN of the Semester MIDN 2/C Samuel Hardgrove MIDN Hardgrove has excelled in his studies as an International Affairs major while being extremely involved on campus and in the unit. As the GW Hatchet Assistant Photo Editor, he manages a team of 40 photographers and covers news across the district, including all the on-campus CNN townhalls. He is a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, and has personally helped dozens of students study abroad. He also works and travels for PathNorth, specializing in content creation and media management. Within the unit, his work as commissioning coordinator has included coordinating with the National Park Service, NCIS, Naval District Washington, and the unit staff to get permits and plan the ceremony. As one of the few upperclassmen in the platoon, he has been an excellent example and has actively taken part in many color platoon events.
1/C MIDN OF THE YEAR MIDN 1/C Durkin MIDN Durkin was an exceptionally active and accomplished OPS, and volunteered to take on a fundraising billet in the middle of the spring semester. While he was OPS, he held down both a challenging course load and a competitive, full-time internship at the State Department. Throughout all four years of ROTC, MIDN Durkin has demonstrated what it means to give 100% at all times.
2/C MIDN OF THE YEAR MIDN 2/C Caliri MIDN Caliri has been highly active in his billet as company first sergeant, filling in for his company commander at headquarters meetings in order to resolve her work conflict. As platoon sergeant, he volunteered to mentor MIDN at their respective campuses. He always rises to the challenge and not only does he aid those under him, but his superiors as well.
3/C MIDN OF THE YEAR MIDN 3/C Thomas MIDN Thomas was the only MIDN to volunteer for individual drill at the Tulane drill competition. MIDN Thomas is one of the most academically apt 3/C, and received the highest score on the initial tactics exam. Despite his abilities, he remains humble and selfless, and works to mentor and improve others.
4/C MIDN OF THE YEAR MIDN 4/C Locher MIDN Locher, for reasons stated above, his positivity, dedication, and commitment to excellence have been exemplary.
National Capital Council of the Navy League MIDN 3/C Bartenfelder The National Capital Council of the Navy League presents this award in memorial of the leadership of RADM Arthur Esche. It is presented to a member of the NROTC unit that has demonstrated leadership, the highest of character, top-notch academics, and motivation. For this recognition MIDN Cunnnings receives a $500 scholarship.
National Capital Council of the Navy League of the US Sword  MIDN 1/C Kasturas This award is given to a Junior or Senior in a ROTC Program in a University or College who has demonstrated qualities of Academic Excellence, Leadership, Military discipline, Dependability, Patriotism and upright character in speech and habits, which exemplify the ideals upon which our Nation was founded.
Rear Admiral John H. Dick Association of Naval Aviation Award  MIDN 1/C McDonald With over 66 chapters worldwide, the Association of Naval Aviation serves as a global advocate for Naval Aviation, supporting our mission via published writing, symposia, speeches, community interaction, and presentations such as today’s ceremony.
The Association of Naval Aviation Award is dedicated to those Naval Aviators who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our nation, and a Navy officer sword is presented to the future Naval Aviator or Naval Flight Officer who best demonstrates the ideals of superior leadership, outstanding academics, and exemplary professionalism.
The Surface Navy Association Heroes of the 9/11 Pentagon Attack Sword  MIDN 1/C Durkin To honor the six Surface Warfare Officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice through their gallant service to our country while on duty in the Navy Operations Center in the Pentagon on 11 September 2001, the Navy Officer’s sword is presented to an officer candidate of the graduating class of The George Washington University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit who has selected the Surface Warfare community, and has been identified by the Unit Commanding Officer and staff for his or her overall dedication to service and mission.
Kris Krohne Memorial Award  MIDN 1/C Carmody The award is presented in memory of ENS Kris Krohne. ENS Krohne was an active member of the George Washington University NROTC Unit who passed away shortly after commissioning while serving his country. The ENS Krohne Spirit Sword is awarded annually to the graduating Navy/Marine Corps Officer who best promotes morale and team spirit while displaying energy, motivation, and a positive attitude; the kind of qualities that ENS Krohne exhibited while at the GWU NROTC Unit.
Shaw Award MIDN 1/C Riffe The award is presented in to a Future officer of high moral character who has, through superior achievement, demonstrated the desire, the determination, and the dedication to render honorable service to Corps and Country.
GWU NROTC Alumni Major Ricardo Crocker Memorial Award  MIDN 1/C Bermudez The award is presented in memory of Major Ricardo Crocker.  Major Crocker was a member of the Class of 1989 who after successful tours as an Infantry Officer in 5th Marines and as an Officer Selection Officer in Los Angeles left active duty to pursue a career in law enforcement. 
Commanding Officer’s Sword MIDN 1/C Mueller  One graduating senior will be given an officer sword to represent his or her readiness to become an Officer in the Naval Services. It is presented to students who continually demonstrate outstanding academic performance, keen leadership, and motivation on a day to day basis, AND has taken the responsibility of leading men and women to the highest sincerity.