Anne Gary Pannell Merit Scholarship

The purpose of the Pannell Honors Scholarship is to recognize and reward first-year students of exceptional initiative and ability, and to provide them with a unique opportunity to explore an area of interest more fully during their sophomore year. This may include a scholarly project, research, a creative endeavor, travel for academic purposes, or service. Projects can be broadly imagined – in a specific academic discipline, or interdisciplinary, possibly service-oriented. Projects may be related to a course, to future career interests, or to explore an intellectual interest. 

Click here to review application information for the Class of 2018.

Important dates to note for spring 2015 applications:

Mid-February — Pannell Scholarship information session.

February 23 — One-page description of the project idea should be submitted.

March 23 — Complete application and proposal due.

March 31— Students receive a preliminary acceptance of the application. Proposals in need of revising will be returned to students for revision and resubmission.

April 6 — Revisions or additional materials due.

April 30 — Students receive pending award notification.

June 5 — Pannell Scholars are notified; awards are confirmed.

Award Information
The selected scholars will receive a merit award applied to Sweet Briar College tuition (typically in the range of $1,000-$3,000) and a $350 credit at the College Bookshop to support textbook purchases. In addition, the award will include funds to support the student’s proposed project, as approved. The maximum project budget is $3,000. There is no minimum; most budgets are in the range of $750 to $1,000. 


Students eligible to apply include first-year honors students in good standing (that means enrolled in a three-credit, spring, first-year honors seminar) AND first-year students with a cumulative GPA that places them within the top 15 members of their class year.

To receive an award: By the end of the spring semester, first-year honors students must have completed the required First-Year Honors courses or approved substitute/s with a B+ average or higher, and all candidates must have completed at least 27 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher. 

The Honors Committee, a committee of faculty from different departments across campus, reviews all submitted proposals. The total number of Pannell Scholarships awarded depends on the number of proposals received and the amount of funding requested for each project.

Awards will be selected based on:

  • the quality of the proposal;
  • the merits of the project;
  • the alignment of budget to purpose;
  • the commitment and preparation of the student. 

Class of 2016 Pannell Projects

  • Translating and Transcribing Latin Epitaphs
  • Benefits and Theories of Adaptive Sports
  • Eating Disorders – Raising Awareness at Sweet Briar College
  • The Physics of Sports
  • To Make the Best Better: Developing a Training Supplement for Virginia 4-H Teen Leaders
  • Public Health: An Exploration of Global Systems and Costa Rica
  • Curious Caffeine: Coffee and Tea Culture
  • Healing Hooves: Advocating Against Animal Abuse
  • Fanfiction: The History of a Largely Hidden Phenomenon
  • Ancient Far Eastern Ceramics
  • Basics of Medicine: Becoming More than Just a Doctor

Class of 2015 Pannell Projects

  • Chemistry for Everyone — Create and sustain a Wordpress blog on current topics in chemistry (Click on link to read the blog and see how much fun chemistry can be!).
  • Engineering for Girls — Develop and host a series of engineering events aimed at middle school girls.
  • Going Beyond Organic — Learn about sustainable grass-based farming; project includes travel to several working farms.
  • Observing Diversity and Bilingualism in Education — Develop teaching aids to help student teachers better engage with English Language learners; project includes travel to the National Association for Bilingual Education Conference.
  • Chateau de Versailles: A Guilded Cage — Pursuit of a long-standing research interest in the development of Versailles as a political device of the French monarch; project includes travel to France and a visit to Versailles.
  • Traffic Flow Data Collection — Traffic flow data collection project to evaluate optimal locations for banners on the Sweet Briar campus.
  • Reviving Western European Historical Swordsmanship — Research project on methods and techniques of western historical swordsmanship.
  • Doctors Without Borders: Step One — Travel to Costa Rica to explore career interest in working as a physician with the international organization Doctors Without Borders.

Class of 2014 Pannell Projects

  • Careers of the Future: Exploration of Art Law
  • Catalonia Spain on Horseback
  • Door of Hope Ethiopia
  • Electromagnetic Scattering
  • Enzyme Research
  • Examining the Arab Spring
  • Horses of Cumberland Island
  • Sweet Briar Archive project
  • Tour of Chemical Industries