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The Ut Prosim Scholar Award

The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors established the “Ut Prosim Scholar Award” by resolution on March 21, 2016, to recognize singular instances of the application of scholarship in truly extraordinary service to humanity. The award is based on the motto Ut Prosim adopted by the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in 1896. The motto translates from Latin to mean “That I May Serve” or “That I May Do Good” and, per the resolution, “is a core value that has endured more than a century, transcending the transformation from an all-male, military agricultural and mechanical college into the comprehensive, inclusive research university that Virginia Tech is today.” Because this profound commitment to service is indelibly embedded into the culture of Virginia Tech, the university establishes this award to recognize truly extraordinary service to humanity. The Board authorizes the President to develop the procedures for selection of future award recipients and grants the President the discretion to determine the form and value of any future awards with ratification by the Board.

The Inaugural Award

The March 21, 2016, resolution recognized the extraordinary work of Dr. Marc Edwards in collaboration with Michigan pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and their respective teams, who defied opposition to apply science in the public interest and intervened in the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Dr. Edwards and his team received the inaugural Ut Prosim Scholar Award, which included $100,000 per year for five years for operational support for their work performed at Virginia Tech.