As has happened since the award was initiated for the Baltimore City College 1993-1994 school year, the Golden Apple Award goes to the faculty member who has done the most in the current school year to affect the retention of students at the Baltimore City College.

Ballots cast by six authorized selection participants determine the recipient of each school year’s Golden Apple Award. The six authorized selection participants include the Baltimore City College Principal or the Principals designee, the President of the Parent Teacher Student Association or the President’s designee, the Immediate Past President of the Alumni Association, the Chair of the Guidance Department, the President of the Student Government Association, and the President of the Senior Class.

To formally recognize the recipient, the presentation of an honorarium check occurs during the BCC graduating senior class commencement. The amount made available for honorarium has been $500.

Funding for the Golden Apple Award comes from unrestricted contributions to the Annual Fund of the Alumni Association.


The recipient of the Leo Sirota Memorial Award must be a BCC Alumni Association member or a BCC alumni or a friend of BCC. The recipient must have made the most significant contribution to the furtherance of the Alumni Association and the Baltimore City College during the twelve-month period – October through September – prior to the organization’s annual meeting in  November.

The Alumni Association selection committee for the Leo Sirota Memorial Award chooses the recipient after a review of nominations that may be submitted by active, associate, and honorary life members of the Alumni Association.

Since the late 1990’s, to formally recognize the recipient, a plaque presentation has occurred during the annual meeting of the BCC Alumni Association.

Past Leo Sirota Memorial Award Recipients

1998 – Neil R. Bernstein* BCC’54 & Jacob D. Howard III* BCC’74

1999 – Calvin Anderson* BCC’1963 & Thomas L. Vondersmith BCC’1958

2000 – Donald F. Garner BCC’1970, Theodore J. Lingelbach BCC’1958 & Michael B. Wells BCC’1969

2001 –

2002 – Albert Robinson* BCC’1969

2003 – Gov. William Donald Schaefer* BCC’1939 & Neil R. Bernstein* BCC’1954

2004 – Michael L. Hamilton BCC’1969

2005 – Ryan Coleman BCC’1993

2006 – Calvin Anderson Jr.* BCC’1963 & Theodore Lingelbach BCC’1958

2007 – Gilbert Sandler* BCC’1941

2008 – Rep. Elijah E. Cummings* BCC’1969

2009 – Robert W. Schaefer BCC’1951 & W. Corbin Gwaltney* BCC’1939

2010 – RaShunda Williams BCC’2003

2011 – Del. Curt Anderson BCC’1967 & Lori Young BCC’1995

2012 – Steve Williams BCC ‘1982

2013 – Brittany Howard BCC’2003

2014 –

2015 – J.D. Merrill BCC ‘2009


*Hall of Fame Member


A BCC class ring is purchased annually for the member of the sophomore class who has made the most significant academic improvement in his or her sophomore year and maintain a record of excellent attendance.

Funding for the June Class of 1957 Ring Award comes from the quasi-endowment established in 2007 as a 50th reunion gift by the Baltimore City College June Class of 1957.

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