Student Awards

The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Endowed Fund

The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Endowed Fund at Gardner-Webb University was started by Dr. Donald W. Caudill, Professor of Marketing, with a $10,000 gift to GWU a few weeks after he was hired in 2008 and was named in memory of Dr. Caudill’s father, Alfred Caudill, and in honor of his mother, Shirley Wampler Caudill. Due to generous support, the fund is now valued just over $90,000.”

Purpose, Mission, and Vision of the Fund

The purpose, mission, and vision of the Fund is (1) to honor students, faculty, staff with awards and (2) to conduct special projects (especially in collaboration and partnership with GWU entities and/or stakeholders) that offer a very high return on investment and that secure the maximum amount of publicity for Dr. Caudill’s parents’ story and sacrifices. 

About the Caudills

Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill in 1991

While neither of Dr. Caudill’s parents had more than an eighth-grade education, both held higher education in great esteem and made tremendous personal and financial sacrifices so that Dr. Caudill could achieve a bachelor’s degree (the first in many generations of his family), two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. Being blessed with successful businesses and a meaningful professional career, Dr. Caudill has been able to fund endowments at various colleges and universities in memory of his father and in honor of his mother.  Alfred Caudill passed away in 1992. Shirley Wampler Caudill currently resides in Virginia.

Award Opportunities

The Marketing Award

This award ($200 and a plaque) is voted on by and given by the Godbold College of Business faculty (Dr. Caudill does not vote) to the most outstanding marketing major graduating during the academic year (including the previous August) from a list of three or so finalists.  This award is presented by a Godbold marketing faculty member at the Awards Dimensions in April.

The Service Learning Award

This award ($200 and a plaque) is voted on by and given by the Service Learning Advisory Council (Dr. Caudill is a member, but does not vote) and the IMPACT Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility to the student who had the most outstanding service learning class project from any major from a list of finalists (nominated by GWU faculty/staff or self-nominations).  This award is presented by the Director of the IMPACT Center at the Student Leadership, Service & Volunteerism Dimensions in April.

The LOTS-MC Best Presentation & Best Paper Prizes

These awards ($200 and a plaque) are voted on by judges at the annual LOTS-MC Conference (Best Paper by a panel of judges selected by the Director of Undergraduate Research) and given by the LOTS Advisory Committee and the Undergraduate Research Committee (Dr. Caudill is a member of both committees) to the most outstanding presentation at LOTS-MC and from the finalists of “best” paper submissions.  These awards are presented by the Director(s) of LOTS-MC and/or the Director of Undergraduate Research at

The James Nall Graduate Marketing Award

This award ($200 and a plaque) is supported by the Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Endowed Fund and is voted on by and given by the Godbold Graduate College of Business faculty (created by a Faculty vote on Nov. 16, 2015 – Dr. Caudill does not vote) to the most outstanding Master Plus in Marketing or 9-Hour Certificates in Marketing during the academic year (including the previous August and December graduations) from a list of “eligible” finalists.  This award is presented by the Dean of the Godbold College of Business at the MBA Hooding & Pinning Ceremony in May.

Theater Awards

The Award for Excellence in Acting

Alpha Psi Omega / Awards in Theatre & Excellence in Technical Theatre

The award for acting and the co-naming of the two Alpha Psi Omega awards were approved by a vote of the Department of Theatre Arts faculty in April 2016. 

The Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Award for Excellence in Acting recognizes excellence in stage performance by an actor in an academic year including acting skill, professionalism, attitude, and work ethic. This award encourages students to develop their technique as well as their professionalism as a marketable stage performer. This award includes a cash prize.

The Alpha Psi Omega/Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Award in Theater – Alpha Psi Omega is the National Honor Society for students of Theatre (Dr. Caudill was inducted as a student at Berea College) – recognizes superior achievement in academic study in the theatre arts and superior contribution to theatrical production.  The award encourages outstanding undergraduates to pursue their professional and educational goals in theatre.  It includes a cash prize. 

The Alpha Psi Omega/Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Award for Excellence in Technical Theatre recognizes superior achievement in technical production in the theater arts and superior contribution to theatrical production.  The award encourages students to pursue and develop their education and skills in the Technical and Design areas of theatre.  The award includes a cash prize. 

The Rising Star Award

The Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill ‘Rising Star’ Award is presented to a full-time faculty member in their first two-to-five years of service at Gardner-Webb University. Criteria for the award include overall excellence in teaching, service, scholarship, advising, or mentoring.

The Donny Awards

The Donny Awards are supported by the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Endowed Fund and recognize outstanding student achievement in various marketing classes taught by Dr. Don Caudill.

Bulldog/Caudill Scholarship

The Alfred & Shirley Wampler Caudill Endowed Fund’s Board of Directors presents a Bulldog Scholarship (currently $700) to a non-athlete at one of the home football games (usually the first). All students who complete an entry and are not a member of a sport at Gardner-Webb are eligible for the drawing. Students must be present on the field at the first time out in the third quarter to receive the scholarship.