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Annual Writing Competitions: The Haynes Family Awards

Leander J. M. Haynes & Carol A. Haynes with their youngest daughter, Linda L. Haynes, at her graduation from Stephens College in 1958.
L-R: Leander J. M. Haynes & Carol A. Haynes with their youngest daughter, Linda L. Haynes, at her graduation from Stephens College in 1958.

The Haynes Family Awards were created in 2003 to provide ACES James Scholars with the opportunity to be recognized for their literary talents through insightful storytelling. The Honors Program administers two Haynes Family Award writing competitions each year. During the fall semester, the Carol A. Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award is presented in December, and during the spring semester, the Leander J. M. Haynes Humanities Book Prize is presented in May.

The Carol A. Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award

Celebrating the Freshman Year Experience of ACES James Scholar Women

Each autumn, all sophomore ACES James Scholar women are invited to share their first-year experiences in writing by submitting essays describing the most valuable things that they learned during their freshman year.

Sophomore Achievement Award Description

The Carol Andreae Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award celebrates the academic achievements of sophomore ACES James Scholar women. The annual award competition has been established to:

  • Encourage eligible candidates to reflect in a meaningful way on their experiences as college freshmen and share their experiences with others.
  • Cultivate and reward the craft of insightful writing by the pioneering women who will fill leadership roles in the interdisciplinary world of tomorrow.

The Carol Andreae Haynes Sophomore Achievement Award is conferred in the fall semester of each academic year. Eligible candidates for the award are all sophomore women currently enrolled in the ACES James Scholar Honors Program -- including students who have recently transferred into the College of ACES, either from another college on the University of Illinois campus or from another accredited institution of higher learning. Each of the eligible candidates is invited to write an original essay of between 500 and 1000 words on the following theme: The Most Valuable Things That I Learned During My Freshman Year of College. The essay should be typed on 8-1/2” x 11” paper and double-spaced in a standard 12-point font.

These essays need to be submitted by October 31 to Susan Schmall-Ross in ACES Academic Programs (schmallr@illinois.edu). The names of the writers are concealed, and a unique number is assigned to each essay to ensure an impartial evaluation by the Selection Committee. The essays are evaluated based on their exposition of valuable life lessons that the writers learned as freshmen. The winner of the essay competition will receive a scholarship prize and a copy of L. Frank Baum's classic fantasy novella, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (1902), which was one of Mrs. Haynes' favorite books during her childhood days.

The essays are evaluated by the Selection Committee after the submission deadline, and the presentation of the award to the recipient takes place in early December.

Biographical Sketch of Carol Andreae Haynes (1901-1990)

Carol Andreae Haynes was born into a Kentucky family of French and German descent with strong ties to agriculture. She grew up in Evansville, Indiana and on the family farmlands near Reed, Kentucky. She earned her A.A. and B.A. degrees in art (painting) at Logan Female College (Russellville, KY) and Howard Female College (Gallatin, TN), respectively. As a college graduate, she became a pioneer and role model for all her daughters, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters who have earned college degrees ever since.

Following her marriage to Leander James McCormick Haynes (1899-1968), she became actively involved with community service projects in Evansville, Indiana. While raising a family of five daughters (all of whom attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO), she volunteered with local philanthropic organizations for over a quarter-century, especially the American Red Cross. Mrs. Haynes bequeathed to her descendants a wealth of oral family history that is still alive and well in their hearts and minds to this day. Her philosophy of life can be summed up in this passage from one of her all-time favorite books:

The Leander J.M. Haynes Humanities Book Prize

Building Bridges Between the Humanities and the Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences

Humanities Book Prize Description

The Leander J. M. Haynes Humanities Book Prize is awarded to one ACES James Scholar each spring semester. The purpose of this award is to encourage ACES James Scholars to “think outside the box” and build intellectual bridges between the humanities and their own scientific fields of study. The criteria for entering the award competition consist in authoring an original essay of 500-1000 words, describing an important book that they read during their formative years (in elementary school, middle school, or high school) and how it has affected their lives. The essay should be entitled, "The Most Influential Book That I Read During My Formative Years and How It Has Impacted My Life." The author will need to briefly summarize the book's contents and significance, state how and why the book has influenced their life, and state why the book deserves to be read by a wider audience.

Papers are submitted to Susan Schmall-Ross in ACES Academic Programs (schmallr@illinois.edu) by March 31 of each year. The author's name should appear only on the paper's title page. Each paper is assigned a number to ensure an impartial decision by the Selection Committee. The winner of the competition will receive a scholarship prize, a commemorative certificate, and a copy of The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum (1902), a favorite children's novella in the Haynes family. The winner needs to be enrolled in the ACES James Scholar Honors Program during the semester in which the competition takes place, and students are eligible to receive this award only once.

Biographical Sketch of Leander James McCormick Haynes (1899-1968)

This annual award has been created in honor of the donor's maternal grandfather, Leander James McCormick Haynes. Mr. Haynes (a lateral descendant of Cyrus McCormick, the inventor of the mechanical reaper) was born near Bluff City, Kentucky, which had been founded by his paternal grandfather, Stark Dupay Haynes, shortly after the Civil War. After serving with the First American Expeditionary Force in France during World War I, Mr. Haynes became a well-known entrepreneur and a highly respected member of the business community in Evansville, Indiana, where he and his wife,Carol Andreae Haynes (1901-1990), raised their five daughters. A lifelong enthusiasm for learning motivated him to enroll all five of his daughters – including the donor's mother, Linda Haynes Chappell – at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, where they earned their college degrees in a broad-based curriculum that embraced the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. The Hayneses' grandchildren and great-grandchildren have followed in their foremothers' footsteps by earning bachelor's, master's, and professional degrees from Big Ten and Ivy League universities.