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APER Awards

Each year the Athletics, PE, & Recreation Department holds an end-of-year Athletic Awards celebration to recognize the accomplishments of the Cyclone student-athletes. Held in late April each year, this event acknowledges all student-athletes for participation, as well as recognizing particularly noteworthy academic and athletic successes. In addition to the Athletic Awards celebration, a weekly "Cyclone of the Week" is named.

Participation Awards

Awarded to all student-athletes who have completed a season of participation in intercollegiate athletics.  The type of award is determined by the number of seasons in a particular sport.

  • All student-athletes (including nursing students) eligible to graduate in Commencement, shall be awarded a student-athlete stole if they meet the following requirements: completed a minimum of 2 competitive seasons of Mills College intercollegiate competition,  which could be any of their two years at Mills, and could be in one or more sports. It is the responsibility of eligible student-athletes to pick-up a stole from the APER department by the last day of instruction in the year that they are graduating.  

Golden "M" Award

The student-athletes who receive this award are committed and respected team members who have made exceptional contributions to their team in the areas of leadership, athletic excellence and exemplary attitude.  The award is selected by secret ballot among players and coaches for each team.

Scholar-Athlete Award

This award was established by the athletic department to celebrate those scholar-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. 

Trefethen Award

This award is presented annually to the graduating senior who has achieved the highest grade point average among Mills' intercollegiate athletes. 

Athletic Achievement Award

This award is presented to recognize outstanding athletic achievement of an individual or team. 

Team and Individual G.P.A. Awards

These awards are presented annually to the team and the player on each team that have achieved the highest cumulative GPA. Student-athletes who have completed one full year of academics are eligible for the individual GPA awards. 

Dorothy Keller Award

This award is presented annually to a junior or senior athlete who has completed a minimum of 2 years in one sport.  The award is based on overall contribution to the Mills athletic program, loyalty to their team, optimism in the face of adversity, and quality of commitment and effort.

Myrt Whitcomb Leadership Award

This award is presented to the student-athlete who demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities among fellow student- athletes.

Janet Holmgren Student-Athlete Service Award

This award is presented to a student-athlete in recognition of “making the world more” through outstanding community service.

Alumnae Achievement Award

Presented to a Mills alum who has made outstanding contributions to the world of athletics post-graduation or who has participated on a Mills intercollegiate athletic team and has made significant impact in their community. 

APER Service Award

Established in 1988 to recognize an individual's outstanding contributions to and support of the Mills Athletic, PE, & Recreation department. 

An archived list is kept of previous award winners and updated annually. In addition, a list of Cyclone Athletic Excellence is kept to honor those achieving at the highest level.