Derek Canfield Barker Prize

The Derek Canfield Barker Prize was established in 1994 through a gift from Richard C. Barker '57 and Abbie D. Paterson '57 in memory of their son. The purpose of the Prize is to recognize students at Brown who have shown qualities of leadership, triumphed over adversity, and participated in community service.


Two prizes of $4,500 are awarded each year to one senior male and one female student – each should be completing his/her junior year.

Essays should address:

  • An understanding of the purpose and meaning of his/her chosen field of study
  • A commitment to sport (varsity or club level)
  • A demonstrated commitment of service to the campus and/or a community
  • Overcoming an obstacles of a personal nature


Nominations must include a letter of nomination from a member of the University faculty or staff and an essay by the nominated student. Both the nomination letter and student essay should address the criteria listed above.

Nominations should be addressed to Kerri Heffernan, Swearer Center for Public Service,

 The nomination deadline is April 11, 2016.