The Scholars Medal
Prior to each commencement, graduating Schreyer Scholars receive the Scholars medal at a special ceremony. It was designed by John A. Cook, professor emeritus of art in the College of Arts and Architecture.
He describes his design for the medal: "While the lion is certainly no stranger to Penn State, this particular species with flowing mane has not been much in evidence since 1942 when Heinze Warnecke’s version established residence as the athletic logo. The lion thus depicted emerges with extended claws to become the University’s symbol of intellectual excellence. The qualities of ‘Scholarly Achievement,’ ‘Integrity of Purpose,’ and ‘Intellectual Curiosity’ form the legend of the medal and define the field from which the lion gathers his strength."