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The Charles and Virginia Duke Award


To provide recognition and financial reward for individual accomplishment and exemplary service to William & Mary.

Eligible Participants

All non student, non instructional faculty employees of William & Mary, or one of the contractors providing auxiliary services to the university, are eligible for consideration.


All William & Mary personnel are encouraged to consider Charles and Virginia Duke's long and devoted service to William & Mary as they reflect on the nominations.

There is no obligation to submit a nomination. No nomination should be submitted if the criteria for the Charles and Virginia Duke Award cannot be met.

An individual nomination will consist of a completed form by the nominator and a maximum of three supporting letters. No additional materials will be considered.

The nominations should be reflective of the university's diversified workforce and consideration should be given to all employees who have made outstanding individual contributions.


The award will be presented to the recipient by the President of William & Mary.

The recipient of the award will be listed in the program and recognized at Commencement.

The recipient of the award will be presented with a plaque, a cash award and a booklet describing Charles and Virginia Duke's extraordinary service to William & Mary.

A permanent plaque containing the name of the recipients of the Duke Award will be placed in the Sadler Center.