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The Roger Schwirck Award

The Roger Schwirck Award for Excellence in Philosophy

Roger David Schwirck graduated from UNCG in 1989 with a BA in Philosophy and a minor in Latin. His pursuit of these elements of a classical education was distinctive and admirable. Roger Schwirck was an outstanding student who exemplified the ideals of academic excellence (and a good person who was much loved and respected by his professors and fellow students). Excelling in Logic, The Theory of Knowledge, Metaphysics, and Ethics, he maintained a perfect record in the philosophy courses he took at UNCG. In 1989, Roger Schwirck won a prestigious UNCG Student Excellence Award and became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. When he graduated from UNCG later that year, he received his BA in Philosophy with Honors, Magna Cum Laude. After graduation, Roger Schwirck continued his studies at Ohio State University in a nationally recognized PhD program in Philosophy. He was not able to complete his graduate work due to the tragic events which led to his death in 1998.

The Roger Schwirck Award for Excellence in Philosophy is made possible by an endowment created in his memory through the generosity of Joseph Roif and the family of Roger Schwirck. The first place winner will receive $1,500, and other monetary prizes will be awarded as is seen fit (deposited in their UNCG account).

To submit a paper for consideration for the Schwirck Scholarship Award:

Philosophy majors who will have completed five Philosophy courses by May of the current year, have a very good GPA, and who submit a well-written, well thought-out paper on any topic in Philosophy for consideration by the review panel are eligible for the Schwirck Award. The deadline for submission in 2022 will be in March 2022.

Please contact Dr. Heather Gert for any questions.

Roger Schwirck Award Recipients:

  • 2021: Garrett Foster
  • 2020: Garrett Foster
  • 2019: Brendon Kenney
  • 2018: Omar Obregon-Cuebas
  • 2017: Carolyn Kane
  • 2016: Allen Marshall
  • 2015: Carolyn Kane
  • 2014: Caroline Kane
  • 2013: Aaron P Sullivan
  • 2012: Aaron P Sullivan
  • 2011: Mark Henkle
  • 2010: Rachel Durso
  • 2009: Joshua Johnson
  • 2008: Catherine Dupre
  • 2007: Oliver Johnson
  • 2006: Amie Martin
  • 2004: Melissa Hejlik
  • 2003: Edward Ferrier
  • 2002: Carolyn Sanzenbacher
  • 2001: Krista Karbowski

2021 2nd and 3rd Place Winners

  • 2nd Place: Mark Dockery
  • 3rd Place: Ryan Hrabovsky

2020 Honorable Mentions

  • Patrick Buchanan
  • Bevin Hamilton
  • Jeremy Schlanger

2020 2nd and 3rd Place Winners

  • 2nd Place: Mark D. Wills
  • 3rd Place: Mary Wolfe

2020 Honorable Mentions

  • Austin Graham
  • Brianna Vargas
  • Sara Weaver

2019 Honorable Mentions:

  • Jeannie Ake
  • Shelley Brown
  • Brian Bolling
  • Joshua Fugate

2018 Honorable Mentions

  • Shelley Brown
  • Brendon Kenney
  • Jason Varner
  • Michael Villanueva

2017 Honorable Mentions

  • Shalonda Branch
  • Tyler Draughn
  • Brendon Kenney
  • Mark Lynch
  • Temere Rountree

2016 Honorable Mentions

  • Nicholaus Chase
  • Dominic Chiellini
  • Caroline Kane
  • Jorge Lopez
  • Cecil Yancey

2015 Honorable Mentions

  • Alexandra Harris
  • Michael Scates

2014 Honorable Mentions

  • Alexandra Harris
  • Zack Murcoch

2013 Honorable Mentions

  • Caroline Kane
  • Tyler Kenefeck
  • Joshua Moore

2012 Honorable Mentions

  • Tyler Kenefeck

2011 Honorable Mentions:

  • Jacob Boyd
  • Kathleen Huie
  • Joshua Moore
  • Aaron Sullivan

2010 Honorable Mentions:

  • Laurell Bell
  • Kathleen Huie

2009 Honorable Mentions:

  • Benjamin Shook
  • William Davis

2008 Honorable Mention:

  • Serena Reavis
  • Joshua Johnson
  • Ben Shook

2007 Honorable Mention:

  • Ronald Farlow
  • Daniel Nash
  • Jacob Linney
  • Adam Eggleston