The American Association of Teachers of French Outstanding Senior in French Award

(Awarded to a senior for overall excellence in the major and exceptional commitment to the study of French and promotion of French and Francophone culture beyond the classroom.)

Recipient's NameYear
Asami (Ami) Hirano2018

The Arthur Greenspan Prize for Excellence in French and Francophone Literary Studies

(Awarded to a senior who demonstrates the greatest understanding and the deepest intellectual and soulful engagement with the literary texts studied in our courses.)

Established in honor of Artie Greenspan who retired in the fall of 2017 after forty years at Colby and awarded to a senior who demonstrates the greatest understanding and the deepest intellectual and soulful engagement with the literary texts studied in our courses.

Recipient's NameYear
Victoria Cheff2018

The Efthim Economu Prize for the Top Male French Studies Major

(Awarded to the top male senior who demonstrates superior commitment to the French Studies Major.)

Efthim Economu, born in 1922, was the son of a Greek father and Albanian mother. He spent his childhood and youth in Waterville. In 1940, he enrolled as a Colby student and selected a major in Modern Languages with a focus on French and German. He was elected president of the Maine chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and named “Maine French Teacher of the Year” in 1957. Economu passed away on January 24, 2017. His estate included a generous bequest to the best graduating majors in German and in French at Colby.

Recipient's NameYear
Nicholas Rhodes2018

The Efthim Economu Prize for the Top Female French Studies Major

(Awarded to the top female senior who demonstrates superior achievements in the French Studies Major.)

Efthim Economu, born in 1922, was the son of a Greek father and Albanian mother. He spent his childhood and youth in Waterville. In 1940, he enrolled as a Colby student and selected a major in Modern Languages with a focus on French and German. He was elected president of the Maine chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and named “Maine French Teacher of the Year” in 1957. Economu passed away on January 24, 2017. His estate included a generous bequest to the best graduating majors in German and in French at Colby.

Recipient's NameYear
Sarah Shoer2018

Premio Elio Pagliarani per lo Studio della Lingua e Letteratura Italiana

A book award presented to the outstanding graduating senior with a minor in Italian Studies, recognizing an exceptional commitment to the study of Italian Language and Culture.

Recipient's NameYear
Michael DiCosmo2018