Jim Hanchett Honored With Prestigious Waldo-Cummings Award

June 9, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Oregon State University men's basketball student-athlete Jim Hanchett has been honored by OSU's Student Recognition and Awards Committee with the Waldo-Cummings Award.

The Waldo-Cummings Award is regarded as the most prestigious acknowledgement given to undergraduates at OSU, recognizing academic excellence (minimum 3.5 GPA or better) and superior extracurricular achievements.

Out of a pool of several hundred applicants, Hanchett was one of 10 members of the 2004 class of juniors recognized with the Waldo-Cummings Award; 10 more juniors received honorable mention.

Since arriving at OSU as a junior in 2003, Hanchett has been involved in numerous community activities and has accumulated a 3.83 GPA while studying Pre-Dentistry.

Hanchett is a regular at local elementary and middle schools, speaking at assemblies and reading with children. In addition to working with a local Boy Scout troop, Hanchett teaches Sunday school. He served as a member of OSU's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this year, and will serve as SAAC's student welfare chair in 2004-05.

Hanchett not only made an impact in the community, but on the basketball court as well. The Atlanta, Ga., native was a regular in the Beaver rotation, competing in all 28 games and finishing the season fourth on the team in scoring (7.3 ppg) and second in rebounds (5.5) as a forward.

In addition to the GPA and essay requirements, the Student Recognition and Awards Committee interviewed the candidates to narrow the group.

In lieu of scholarships or monetary compensation, a plaque is awarded to each recipient at a banquet.

The roots of the Waldo-Cummings Award date back to 1912, when Clara H. Waldo founded the Waldo Award with her own money to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of female students at OSU (then Oregon Agricultural College). Waldo was the first woman to serve on the Oregon State System of Higher Education Board of Regents, doing so in 1905. OSU's Waldo Hall carries her name.

In 1948, the widow of local businessman E.A. Cummings arranged an endowment to recognize the achievements of OSU's male undergraduates.

Later, the awards were combined and the gender-specificity was dropped.

The money from Cummings' endowment helps pay for the awards banquet and plaques.

Six freshmen and six sophomores received the Waldo-Cummings Award, as well as 10 seniors.

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